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Shared By: Ben F on Nov 29, 1999
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Access Issue: Raptor Nesting Climbing Avoidance Areas Details
Access Issue: RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek Details
Access Issue: RAPTOR CLOSURE. Also, Portions of Reservoir Wall are on private land and should not be climbed. Details

Description

This cliff stays shaded for much of the day and is good during the late spring or early fall. Overall, route concentration here isn’t quite as high as some other cliffs, but route quality is.

Important - Stay off the part of the wall that faces the road. If you are looking down at the water, then you shouldn’t be there. Access is touchy. Yes, there are good climbs there, but no, you don’t want to ruin access for everyone and there are just a few hundred other good climbs in the Creek.

RAPTOR CLOSURES: Please be aware of seasonal raptor closures at the Cat wall and Reservoir wall. They occur annually from March 31st until August 31st. *Due to the federal hiring freeze in agencies such as the BLM of Monticello, no official closure for 2017 has been issued and the laws which have been put in place in previous years are not being enforced. Please, for the sake of fragile desert ecology, DO NOT CLIMB at stated walls. These raptors return to the same nesting sites every year to raise their nestlings. These cracks aren't going anywhere, please respect the closure and spread the word.

Getting There

Go approximately 8 miles past Newspaper Rock. Pass the reservoir on your right. Just a bit further down the road and also on your right, across from the road for Beef Basin, is the parking for this wall. Pass through the gate and veer slightly right, eventually hitting a trail. There are 2 branches off this trail. The first one puts you closer to the road, near Pente and the further trail leads you to about where Excuse Station is.

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5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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Dr. Carl
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5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 168
Unnamed 5.10 (Bloom Route 12) -…
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5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
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Warm-Up Handcrack
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5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
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Three Fools
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5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 47
Ernie Used to Box
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5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 324
Pente
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5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 52
No Excuse
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5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 200
Excuse Station
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5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 32
Raja
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5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 40
Wigglin' Worm
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5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 41
Finger Food
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5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 99
Slot Machine
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5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 30
Ninja
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5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 54
Gurka
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5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 73
Middle Crack
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Dr. Carl
 234
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Unnamed 5.10 (Bloom Route…
 168
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Warm-Up Handcrack
 217
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Three Fools
 68
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Ernie Used to Box
 47
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Pente
 324
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
No Excuse
 52
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Excuse Station
 200
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Raja
 32
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Wigglin' Worm
 40
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Finger Food
 41
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Slot Machine
 99
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Ninja
 30
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Gurka
 54
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Middle Crack
 73
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
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Ben F
Benfield, Kolorado
Ben F   Benfield, Kolorado
I was told (this past week) that climbing on the portions of the cliff facing the road is not a problem. However, approach as stated above and do not cross the private property. Note that this is what I "heard" and it needs to be verified as does my closure warning. Nov 25, 2001
Rob T  
As of May of 06, Heidi(Dugout Ranch) would still prefer that climbers not climb on the front face of Resevoir. It sucks, but there are tons of walls down there, i don't think we really need to force the issue on this one. Sep 11, 2006
Monty
Golden, CO
Monty   Golden, CO  
Not sure if the access has changed, but it doesn't seem as if anyone is following/ know about these guidelines as there is no information actually posted at any of the bulletin boards or at the wall. Oct 17, 2009
Devin Fin
DURANGO
Devin Fin   DURANGO
big rock fell around the over look speedy Gonzalez area mid June .. hope the two routs made it? this wall is coming apart. over the last ten years i have seen it falling off from pods wall to excuse station! Jun 29, 2010
Nate Sydnor   Moab
From Jason Byrd. BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner:

Some updated information on spring/summer 2019 raptor nesting and climbing avoidance areas for IC:

"We just issued a news release and map of the active rapture nesting areas in the Indian Creek Corridor. Here is the web address to the News Release (blm.gov/press-release/annou…). The ?map? is attached to the news release the link is on the right hand side.

Background Information: compliance not to climb in these areas is voluntary and and strongly encouraged, as human disturbance can affect nesting success, however the routes are not legally closed. This requires additional environmental reviews and public notification through the Federal Register, which takes some time. Because of this, we are referring to these routes as "climbing avoidance areas" rather than closures. The entire climbing community is generally very supportive and helpful in these raptor protection efforts, and we hope these voluntary efforts will help keep these locations open outside of the nesting season for your enjoyment.

Please be aware of climbing routes that have nesting raptors. This News Release requests climbers' cooperation in protecting eagles, peregrine falcons, and other migratory birds who use the Indian Creek area to raise their young. Between March 1st and August 31st each year, the BLM asks climbers to avoid climbing these walls until they have been cleared by agency biologists: The Wall, Far Side, Second Meat Wall, Disappointment Cliff, Fin Wall, Broken Tooth, Cat Wall, Slug Wall, and Reservoir Wall. Two of these walls are on partially or wholly on lands managed by SITLA, who is working cooperatively with BLM to protect raptors. The BLM and SITLA will survey walls and generally in May can release any routes that don't have active nests. The walls with active nests should be avoided until the young have fledged. Eagles and falcons mate for life and return to the same nest sites year after year to raise their young, your cooperation is vital to their survival. Here is a link to the news release and map of the affected areas (add link here). Signs will also be posted at the main trailheads.

Please let me know if you have any questions- Thanks!

Jason Byrd
BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner
Monticello, UT 84535
435-587-1534
jbyrd@blm.gov Feb 21, 2019