|The Hawk Hatchery
This is an obvious crack on the right side of the cliff. The climb is reminiscent of Mr. Misty Kiss or Frosty Cone at the Dairy Queen wall; steep and juggy at the start, then the angle lessens toward the top.
About 70' down and right from Thirteen Cheeps. As of January 2005, one could scramble/downclimb to the top of Hawkward where there was a fixed rappel sling (60 feet) or walk off the back.
Cams and nuts to 3". Gear anchor.
From: Lyons, CO
Mar 11, 2006
When I climbed this route in January 2005, there was a large bee hive inside the crack at the top. It was cold, so they were very lethargic and didn't seem too bothered by us, but on a warmer spring day, beware!
|By C Miller|
Mar 12, 2006
I tried this once about 10+ years ago and got about midway or so before getting stung numerous times on the head and then downclimbing to safety. Never went back to it, but always thought it should be re-named Bee's Nest! Btw, it looks to be a good line if not for all of the bees.
Mar 29, 2008
Always wondered about this place, intrigued by the description in the old guide. Nov.07 beehive was a suprise, but was crispy and dormant. No tape wads, spilled chalk, or crying girlfriends. Not a soul around. Beautiful place, decent enough route.
|By Richard Shore|
Dec 19, 2011
No bees as of 12/2011. The very top of the crack has a massive honeycomb inside, many square feet in size. The upper crack was actually slick and polished with dark honey! Someone left a bail anchor consisting of 3 nuts and cordelette at top, maybe as a means of fast escape during warmer months..
|By Tom Fralich|
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jan 1, 2012
As of 12/31/11 there are plenty of bees. I was able to clip the anchor without offending them, but topping out was out of the question.