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Birdland, showing the first five pitches.<br>
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Edited to show the usual first pitch. An alternate start, up a wider crack to the right, is shown in red.
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Ron Olsen
Apr 28, 2006
Birdland, showing the first five pitches.

Edited to show the usual first pitch. An alternate start, up a wider crack to the right, is shown in red.  
Jason C.
Las Vegas
Jason C.   Las Vegas
The new Red Rock guide book by Roxanna also says the left most crack on the cliff... but the only reason that I said anything is I took that photo with me on the climb... I thought it was of great help! I showed it to Mark L. (who did the F.A of the climb) he was the one that informed me that it was incorrect... I was just passing it on. Dec 5, 2006
Ron Olsen
Boulder, CO
Ron Olsen   Boulder, CO
Thanks for the clarifications, Doug and Jason M. The Brock guidebook lists the first pitch as "the leftmost of three cracks on a black, varnished face". That's what my partner and I climbed; see . That's what Gigi Miller climbed as well; see . But it's good to know the right-hand crack is an equally viable alternative.

Perhaps the route description should be amended to include both starts. Dec 4, 2006
I'd have to argue that both routes are Birdland. Nobody seems to really differentiate the two starts from one another when describing the route locally. About fifty-percent of the people climbing Birdland do the left variation and about fifty-percent do the right variation. Both variations were originally used to access Bighorn...so one could argue that Birdland doesn't really start until pitch three.

Jason Dec 4, 2006

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