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Rock Climbing Photo: Partial closure. See photo
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By Fletch
From: Scottsdale
Apr 7, 2015
I can see that the photo is not really legible. It says that there is a partial closure of the thumb. The north side is temporarily closed to protect birds of prey. You can no longer even walk around the thumb.
By lou
Apr 7, 2015
Hey Fletch.... yes.. there are Prairie falcons nesting on the north face!! Two years ago Peregrines tried to nest there, with unknown success. The Thumb gets immense climber traffic, as Im sure you know... a likely result would be failure in reproductive efforts of the falcons... due to chilled eggs.. and or young. While not on the Endangered Species List... they still receive federal protection ; which is why there are still falcon closures all over the West. Indian Creek, Yosemite, Tuolumne, Cochise, Granite Mt., City of Rocks, theFlatirons,,, just to name a few. As responsible users of the environment we need to respect and admire these falcons. Isolation canyon still has Peregrines trying to nest among all the climbers there....Manny should of mentioned this in his guide, as he was well aware, and ask climbers to refrain from the central main wall from Jan to June.... oh well....

if they just have closed the north side.. they are being generous... the whole thumb should be closed...

hope all is well on your end!!
cheers lou
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Partial closure. See photo

Submitted By: Fletch on Apr 7, 2015
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