The Hand of Puttima 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 FA of the Hand was on March 7, 1999, by Cameron Burns and Benny Bach, via a crack system splitting the center of the north face they dubbed, "Just an Old Fashioned Putt Song". It required some nailing to surmount the overhanging loose band off of the ground, and some mixed free and clean aid on both pitches. They graded it 5.9, C1, A1 (for the start). It looks worthy and may go free, although the start looks problematic and there will be some steep, wide crack to be negotiated.
The other route is a nice two-pitch free line up a crack/corner system further right (west) on the north face. The 1st pitch of the NW Face was climbed on the 2nd ascent of the Hand (2013), with that party continuing up the 2nd pitch of "Putt Song". In 2015, we added a direct finish to the NW Face, for probably the 3rd overall and FFA of the Hand.
There is a summit register near the top anchors. It was moved to the top by the 2nd ascent party, as the FA party accidentally left it atop pitch one.
We hiked west from the road along the flats and up an obvious talus slope to the base of the Putterman Residence near the right (west) end of its north face. From there, a pleasant land bridge leads west to the base of the Hand of Puttima (watch for crypto, it's as prevalent here as anywhere I've seen in the VOG). Contour around the base of the north face to the routes. This takes about 30-40 minutes from the car.
You can also approach the west end of the north face more directly. Stay in the valley until you're below it, and simply bust up the steep, loose talus cone to the base. This will involve navigating a few short choss bands.
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