|By Benjamin Chapman|
Feb 24, 2011
The routes on the south side of the Grotto are fun moderate routes, well worth the effort according to Brian Hench, BP29, and all that climbed them. The NPS is mandated by CFR to protect the flora and fauna of this wonderful ecosystem. The closure is for a duration of 1 year(until 04-23-11) and then requires a review. There is NO reason that the sensitive plants and routes can't coexist. The routes were voluntarily pulled and can just as easily be restored. No repentance, but lots of optimism.