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Topo of Birdland, Spectrum area, Red Rocks Nevada.

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By Brandt Allen
From: Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 27, 2008

Hey Bruce, excellent topo.
Two little things: First, I remember the start of pitch 2 as a chimney for the first 15 feet or so. And second, the moves just before and after the bolt on pitch 3 seemed cruxy for me. Perhaps some indication of that would be helpful.
If you're ever down in JT again it'd be great to see you!

By Bruce Bindner
Nov 28, 2008

Thanks Brandt!

We didn't go into the chimney on P2, rather followed the guidebook descriptions and face climbed right up to the splitter crack. Topo reflects what Nurse Ratchet and I did, & corresponds to most all the written descriptions I've seen (although there are indeed many ways to go on P2)

Absolutely you're right regarding the cruxy area around the bolt on P3. New update of topo reflects this, as well as the right-facing nature of the crack above.

Hope to get down to J Tree sometime this winter, maybe...


By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Dec 24, 2008

the chimney is, if i recall correctly, the Bighorn- not birdland. you end up a little left of the bighorn belay if you climb the chimney and the crack/face that it leads to.

By Greg G
From: SLC, UT
Jan 14, 2011

Excellent disclaimer Bruce!

By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Apr 6, 2012

Great topo, Bruce. Thank You!! This may be a very minor detail, but I lugged a #4 Camelot up P2 and found the pitch well protected without it. A standard rack to 3" is sufficient.

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Topo of Birdland, Spectrum area, Red Rocks Nevada.

Submitted By: Bruce Bindner on Nov 27, 2008
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Birdland (5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b )