Moons of Pluto Anchor Bolt

Posted by Mike Volk on 05/21/12

From an email sent to SmithRock.com:
A few weeks ago, a friend and I found that one of the bolts for the anchor of "Moons of Pluto" was loose. In fact it was wobbling in the hole... so we removed it. We wanted to get the word out so that someone could replace it.

Bald Eagle Nesting Closure

Posted by Mike Volk on 03/22/12

From the Smith Rock State Park office:
A pair of Bald Eagles is nesting at Smith Rock State Park. The nest is in a large ponderosa pine tree located between the Bivouac camping area and the Crooked River.

Approximately ten camp sites along the canyon rim in the Bivouac camping area are closed. Also a section of the Canyon Trail is closed. Closure signs have been posted in the Bivouac camping area, at the Canyon Trail trail heads, and along the Canyon Trail at the point of the closure. The closures will be in place through July 31, 2012 or until further notice.

This closure does not effect any climbing routes or access.

Kiss of the Lepers Area Closed

Posted by Mike Volk on 03/12/12

From the Smith Rock State Park office:
The "Kiss of the Lepers" area at Smith Rock State Park is now closed to all climbing activities for Prairie Falcon nesting season. The closure will be in place through June 30, 2012 or until further notice.

falcon-closure-2012.pdf

Monument Area Closed Until August 1st

Posted by Mike Volk on 02/15/12

From the Smith Rock State Park office:
The Monument area at Smith Rock State Park is closed to all climbing activities for Golden Eagle nesting season. The closure is in place February 15, 2012 through August 1, 2012 or until further notice.

The closure signs have been posted along the base of the cliff from Cajun Cliff to French Tent Rock and detailed signs describing the specific route closures have been posted at the kiosks, restrooms, and footbridge.

Eagle Closure Map 2012

Across The Great Divide

Posted by gabe on 02/03/12

New Route on the Mesa Verde Wall

5.12, 3 pitches, FA Gabriel Coler and Jim Ablao Dec 2011

P1. Same as for Chimney de Chelly (pg. 201 RT. 74 in Watts) Note: the anchor on this pitch was replaced with ASCA hardware Thanks!

P2. Follow Chimney de Chelly past a newly replaced bolt, and through poor rock until reaching the splitter above and to the right. Much better rock with bouldery crack moves leads to an anchor. (See Watts pg. 201 RT.75)

P3. Climb straight up and then continue following bolts across the wall to finish on the last 20 ft. of Palo Verde.

For more route info or to print a topo of this route go to www.hiddencrag.com/great_divide.html

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