DEC closes climbing cliffs

You know spring is here when the state Department of Environmental Conservation closes rock-climbing cliffs to safeguard the nesting sites of peregrine falcons. The following news release was received from DEC this afternoon.

Effective Monday April 2, 2012, the following Adirondack rock climbing routes will be closed to protect peregrine falcon nest sites.

Moss Cliff – All routes closed

Chapel Pond – All routes on Upper and Lower Washbowl Cliffs 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:

1.    Opposition

2.    Goat’s Foot on Rock

3.    High and Dry

4.    Bushmaster

5.    Big Buddha

6.    Bushido

7.    Bodacious

8.    Pearly Gates

9.    Kaibob

10.   Battle Creek

11.   Static Cling

12.   Certified Raw

13.   Air Male

14.   Son of a Mother

15.   Phase III

16.   Bastard

17.   Ladder

18.   Puppies on Edge

19.   Hang ‘Em High

20    Group Therapy

21.   Adonis

22.   Pandemonium

23.   Discord

24.   A Womb with a View


About Phil Brown

Phil Brown edited the Adirondack Explorer from 1999 until his retirement in 2018. He continues to explore the park and to write for the publication and website.

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