NYS DEC announces rock climbing route closures due to peregrine falcon nesting

Rock climbers on Pitchoff cliff

From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation:

Effective Saturday, April 1, 2017, the following Adirondack rock climbing routes are closed to allow peregrine falcons to breed and select 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:

Opposition
Goat’s Foot on Rock
High and Dry
Bushmaster
Big Buddha
Bushido
Bodacious
Pearly Gates
Kaibob
Battle Creek
Static Cling
Certified Raw
Air Male
Son of a Mother
Phase III
Bastard
Ladder
Puppies on Edge
Hang ‘Em High
Group Therapy
Adonis
Pandemonium
Discord
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 on the DEC website.

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 or e-mail.   

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.

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