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|Type:||Sport, TR, 30 ft (9 m)|
|FA:||P. Zoller & E. McKigney|
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|Shared By:||Leo Paik on Oct 6, 2003|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC|
OSMP is enacting a closure to protect cliff nesting raptors at Der Freischutz on Dinosaur Mountain — please see the attached map. The closure includes the BUBBLE and the Dinosaur Eggs formations.
On Wednesday of this week, OSMP staff and volunteers observed that the prairie falcon pair that typically occupies Bear Creek Spire had relocated to the Der Freischutz formation.
The pair’s timing is in the ballpark that if they succeed and fledge young, the formation will open with other closures on or about July 31st.
As a result of the move, OSMP is lifting the closure for Bear Creek Spire.
Those approaching Overhang Rock from Mallory Cave trail will need to approach from Bear Creek Spire going forward or until Bear Canyon trail is reopened.
To approach, consider the Mesa Trail to the Bear Canyon trail. Bushwhacking up the Bear Canyon drainage past Bear Creek Spire is slightly tedious and a fair amount of poison ivy lives down there. Go to Stonehenge (with Thought Control) and angle back East toward Southern Dinosaur Egg.
There has been chalk down and right of the first bolt suggesting a more challenging start. However, the obvious line is to clip the first bolt and face climb to the left to the arête. This variation is likely soft for 5.10d, the rating from Rossiter's Flatiron guide. The crux of this variation lies between the first and second bolts. There is a potential for a groundfall if you fall poorly. The difficulty eases after the second bolt, but there is a runout to the third bolt where you would not want to fall. There is a final bolt, which currently does not have a hanger, at the top of the arête. 1.35 stars.
To descend, you can downclimb 3rd or 4th class rock to the left.