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Falcon Nesting Closures - Adirondacks 2017

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Nolan Huther · · Clarkson University · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 567

The DEC issues their annual Peregrine Falcon nesting closures a few days ago. The usual suspects are there, with the main exception being Moss Cliff is NOT closed at this time.

Since I havent seen it shared on Mountain Project yet, here it is.

"Rock Climbing Route Closures - Beginning April 1, 2017

The following rock climbing routes are closed to allow peregrine falcons to breed and establish nest sites.

Chapel Pond

All routes on the Upper and Lower Washbowl Cliffs are closed.

Poke-o-Moonshine Mountain

All routes on the Main Face are closed except the following routes described on pages 39-45 of Adirondack Rock - A Rock Climber's Guide:

  1. Opposition
  2. Goat's Foot on Rock
  3. High and Dry
  4. Bushmaster
  5. Big Buddha
  6. Bushido
  7. Bodacious
  8. Pearly Gates
  9. Kaibob
  10. Battle Creek
  11. Static Cling
  12. Certified Raw
  13. Air Male
  14. Son of a Mother
  15. Phase III
  16. Bastard
  17. Ladder
  18. Puppies on Edge
  19. Hang 'Em High
  20. Group Therapy
  21. Adonis
  22. Pandemonium
  23. Discord
  24. A Womb with a View

Crane Mountain

The Amphitheater section of the Black Arches Wall along with routes Hang Time and Black Arch Arête on the Main Wall are closed - all other routes are open.

Shelving Rock Mountain

All routes on the Main Wall are closed.

Sleeping Beauty Mountain

All rock climbing routes are closed.

Current route closure information will be posted at trailheads and online

Wilmington Notch

Peregrine falcons have not nested on Moss Cliff the last 2 summers so DEC will not be closing rock climbing routes on Moss Cliff or Labor Day Wall this spring unless nesting activity is observed. Climbers are urged to be cautious and observant while climbing in Wilmington Notch and report any aggressive or agitated peregrine falcon behavior to the DEC Wildlife Office at 518-897-1291

DEC appreciates the cooperation of the climbing community. Once the peregrine falcons have chosen nest ledges, DEC will open additional climbing routes that won't interfere with peregrine nesting and rearing activities."

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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