Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Eldorado Canyon State Park raptor closure lifted today

The seasonal raptor closure in effect on Redgarden Wall was lifted today. Feb 1 - July 31 is the normal seasonal closure on Redgarden Wall, between P3 of Naked Edge to Sidetrack. Since 1990, this restriction has been in place to protect nesting and roosting sites of prairie falcons.  It exists as part of the Colorado Division of Wildlife and Colorado State Parks mission to balance resource use and preservation, and has been a success (numerous fledged prairie falcons) due to the cooperation of the climbing community. According to park ranger Steve Muehlhauser, it's policy to lift the closure if there isn't any nesting activity observed by mid-May.
http://www.aceeldo.org/news/

Redgarden Wall is completely open!  It's open season on the uber-classic routes Naked Edge (5.11b), Redguard (5.8), and Anthill Direct (5.8+).
Getting ready to descend the East Slab on Redgarden

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