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By JSH
Administrator
Mar 15, 2011
JSH @ home <br /> <br />photo courtesy of Gabe Ostriker

ATTENTION CLIMBERS!

Due to nesting peregrine falcons, the section of the Trapps cliff between the routes Beginnerís Delight (5.3) and Triangle (5.9) is temporarily closed to rock climbing.

This is the Mac Wall, and Guide's wall (Beginner's, Minty, Mme G's), V3, Cakewalk, and just before Middle Earth.

- Do not use ascent trails or rappel routes that access this area.
- Do not use the section of the cliff base climberís trail between these routes.
- Please refrain from excessive noise making while in the vicinity of this closure.

Thanks to Jannette from the GCC for sending this out.


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By SethG
Mar 15, 2011

Wow, the closure is pretty big this year! I was just thinking about hitting Raunchy, V3, and others in that area in the coming weeks. I'm not sure I would describe it as involving the Mac Wall, though, since that really ends around Overhanging Layback, which is several climbs south of the closure, right? Just to be picky.

Guess I'll have to go climb the other hundreds of climbs instead...


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By JSH
Administrator
Mar 15, 2011
JSH @ home <br /> <br />photo courtesy of Gabe Ostriker

D'oh, that's right. Strangely enough, I've read that *several* times today and my brain inserted Three Pines for Beginner's, every time, apparantly.

It's still broader than last year's, and the GCC is checking back with the Preserve to see whatsupwithat.


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By JSH
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Mar 18, 2011
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... to paraphrase from the Preserve's updated reply, the birds are still choosing a nesting site. They're hoping to reduce the closure area once the birds are settled on a nest.

Happy spring!


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By Woodchuck ATC
Mar 18, 2011
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

Finicky birds. Somebody build them a nice nest and speed this process up.


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By JBaker
From Belmont, MA
Mar 27, 2011
summit of Mt. Washington, NH

About how long do these closures usually last? Any chance they'll be open by 4/28-5/1?


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By JSH
Administrator
Mar 28, 2011
JSH @ home <br /> <br />photo courtesy of Gabe Ostriker

Unlikely.

One can hope that the Preserve will narrow the closure once the birds have settled on a nest.

Last year's closure was lifted in mid-June.


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By JBaker
From Belmont, MA
Apr 17, 2011
summit of Mt. Washington, NH

Any word if the closures have narrowed???


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By Em Cos
From Boulder, CO
Apr 17, 2011

Not yet. But there's still tons of climbable routes, no need to cancel any plans.


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By rgold
From Poughkeepsie, NY
Apr 17, 2011
The traverse out to the Yellow Ridge on the Dogstick Ridge link-up.  Photo by Myriam Bouchard

The Preserve may narrow the closure once the birds have nested, but it is still necessary to keep a broad protective region about the nest in order to give the chicks the best chance of fledging successfully.

The Trapps closure was lifted last year in mid-June, but it has also been continued into the first week of July in other years. In the Adirondacks, the closures typically last until the end of July.

Although there are, of course, some excellent climbs in the closed region, there is no reason to postpone or cancel a trip because of the closures; more than a lifetime of climbing is still open.


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By Mike Caruso
Apr 17, 2011
Otter Cliff Shenanigans

After being driven to near extinction, these birds deserve a wide berth while nesting. Nesting is a spartan affair as their nests consist of a rock ledge, a few stones and little else.


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By Devin Krevetski
From West Woodstock, VT
Apr 19, 2011

Mike Caruso wrote:
After being driven to near extinction, these birds deserve a wide berth while nesting. Nesting is a spartan affair as their nests consist of a rock ledge, a few stones and little else.



Taste like chicken...


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By Eric Engberg
Apr 19, 2011

Their master plan is obviously one of world domination - they have us right where they want us.


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By JSH
Administrator
Jun 11, 2011
JSH @ home <br /> <br />photo courtesy of Gabe Ostriker

The closure was a success, and the new falcons have fledged from thrir nest. The closure has been lifted. Thanks for your cooperation.


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