Bird's View Butte / Crow's Head Spires Rock Climbing
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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.
The obvious objectives here are Birds View Butte and its semi-detached Satellite Spire, or the Crows Head Spires which are known individually as Don Juan and Luminous Being spires. Several lines have also been established on the 400 ft Rim Wall which must be rappelled to reach the base of the routes. Of course this also means that if you dont climb a rim route back out, you have a 400 foot jug at the end of your day.
If you plan to jug back out you will need two ropes for fixing. We fixed one rope from the rim down into the chimney and the second rope from there to the next anchor and from that anchor to the ground. I was happy to have a helmet for the jug back to the rim.
The Wingate in this area is often of excellent but loose rock is encountered at some point on most routes. Bring and knife and some replacement webbing for the anchors.
Finding the anchors to rappel from the rim can be tricky and involves some exposed scrambling. Basically you are aiming for the point on the rim that is closest to the Crows Head Spires. When youre getting close you will have to chimney down behind a giant boulder and work down and around to the left on a ledge system always trying to get to the point closest to the spires. The anchor itself is on a vertical surface and will likely require some searching. Be careful!
Classic Climbing Routes at Bird's View Butte / Crow's Head Spires
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