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By Mike McHugh
Jan 31, 2014

Eldorado Canyon State Park has changed its policies about climbing closures due to raptor nesting. In past years, we've done pre-emptive closures - climbs near old nests are closed until there's no chance of raptors re-using the nest for the season.

This year, the park has gone to an adaptive approach. Climbs will remain open until there is evidence of raptor nesting.

Long story short: The Naked Edge, Diving Board, and the like will remain open until such time as raptors try to nest in the area.

If this works for ya, make sure and thank the park rangers (Ben, Steve, Jess) for pushing through a sensible policy. See you out there.


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By fossana
From Bishop, CA
Jan 31, 2014
downclimb off the First Flatiron <br />photo by TooTallTim

Great news! Thanks once again to the Eldo park staff for being climbing access friendly.


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By Mark E Dixon
From Sprezzatura, Someday
Jan 31, 2014
At the BRC

Wow, great work!


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By Tony B
From Around Boulder, CO
Jan 31, 2014
Got Milk? How about forearm pump? Tony leads "Alan Nelson's Bulging Belly" (5.10, X) on the Lost and Found Flatiron. Belayer is Mark Ruocco. Photo by Bill Wright, 10/06.

Thanks to the park staff for the continued support. Eldo has become very climber policy friendly.
We'll do our best to de the same in return for the park and the birds!


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By WadeM
Jan 31, 2014
Ultimate Squeeze

Great news!


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By Robert D.
From Boulder, CO
Jan 31, 2014
Yargh, Pirate Rob do be in Yosemite

Holy crap! This is awesome -- thank you rangers!


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By Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jan 31, 2014
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Peak.



That was an ungainly policy. Huzzah at its passing.


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By Dave Holliday
Jan 31, 2014
The one they call The Husky, Natasha Holliday, Esq., enjoying Dog Dayz at Scott Carpenter Pool.

Very cool, Mike.


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By Dave Hurst
From Boulder CO
Feb 3, 2014

Great news! Now, would someone please convince OSMP to follow a similar policy?


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By CJC
Feb 3, 2014

Interesting...so there is science behind this policy change? Does it turn out that climbers near an old nest won't discourage raptors from reclaiming it? Is human disturbance only an issue after they take up residence and begin the baby-making process?

Anyway, great news. Thank you Eldo for being so progressive and climber-friendly!


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By Leo Paik
Administrator
From Westminster, Colorado
Feb 3, 2014

Thank you!


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By David A
From Boulder, CO
Feb 3, 2014
Hanging out after climbing a route in Eldo on a cold day.

Awesome


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By Abram Herman
From Golden, CO
Feb 3, 2014
Viking helmet cover, yep.

That's awesome, thanks Eldo rangers!

+1 for OSMP, the Flatirons could really use a more sensible policy around this as well.


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By Ben Walburn
Feb 6, 2014
"This definitely beats lying in a pile of saw dust all day"

Hell Ya!!! I love the way they manage the canyon.
Thank you
Thank you
Thank you


...did I mention you guys do a great job?


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By Mic Fairchild
From Boulder
Feb 6, 2014
personal photo

Q- I don't know how much credit you deserve for this good news... but you're getting the glory. Say hi to Hollywood-Constance for me. Best wishes.


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By Brian Adzima
From the Paris of Appalachia
Feb 6, 2014
somewhere in WV

Awesome. If only the industrial wall was in ELDO.


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By fossana
From Bishop, CA
Feb 6, 2014
downclimb off the First Flatiron <br />photo by TooTallTim

Mr. Stevens wrote:
Yea, going off what was said above, how does this relate to Mickey Mouse wall?


That's on OSMP land unfortunately.

~~~~~Excerpt from the OSMP email~~~~

The following areas and formations will be closed:
....
The entire Mickey Mouse wall, accessible from the Goshawk Ridge Trail.


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By Mike McHugh
Feb 7, 2014

Mic Fairchild wrote:
Q- I don't know how much credit you deserve for this good news... but you're getting the glory. Say hi to Hollywood-Constance for me. Best wishes.


Ouch. Thought I was clear that I didn't have anything to do with it. As always, thanks for the humiliation.


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By Wayne Crill
From an Altered State
Feb 7, 2014
pilon fracture

Thanks Mike, Thanks Steve, thanks Eldo! The love story continues...


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By Mic Fairchild
From Boulder
Feb 7, 2014
personal photo

Suck it up, Q. I'm giving you all the credit, deserved or not.


OK, thanks to everyone else too.


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By Mike McHugh
Mar 7, 2014

Behold, my superpower to misunderstand very kind words from my climbing heroes. Sorry Mic, I'll work on getting my panties untwisted.


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