Devils Tower

Devils Tower Trip Report (#1601)

PLEASE NOTICE THAT, OTHER THAN THIS AREA OF FALCON CLOSURE, DEVILS TOWER IS OPEN TO CLIMBING, EVERYDAY OF EVERY MONTH OF THE YEAR. THERE ARE NO OTHER CLOSURES OR BANS, IN EFFECT AT DEVILS TOWER, THIS YEAR.....CLIMB HIGH, CLIMB HARD,CLIMB REVERENTLY, CLIMB CLEAN, CLIMB FREE, CLIMB EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JIM CHEATHAM 307-467-5283 ext. 12 02-02

Devils Tower National Monument Climbing Route Closure to Protect Potential Nesting Falcons.

To protect Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus) nesting sites, the National

Park Service will temporarily close climbing routes along the west and

northeast face of Devils Tower beginning March 15th. This closure is an

annual event established under the national monument's Climbing Management

Plan. The areas to be closed include all pitches of climbing routes

between and including "No Holds for Bonzo" and "Accident Victim" on the

west face. On the northeast face, routes between and including "Belle

Fourche Buttress" and "Maid in the Shaid" will be closed. All pitches

terminating at the "Teacher's Lounge" will remain open. In addition, the

entire west and northeast edges of the Tower Summit will be off limits to

climbers. Climbers may ask at the visitor center to see a list of all

closed routes.

Prairie falcons are expected to nest on the west and northeast faces of the

Tower. Two young falcons fledged from nests on the Tower in 1996, 1998 and

1999. The presence of climbers near or above falcon nests is distressing

to parent birds. Too much disturbance from climbing activities may force

falcons to abandon eggs or chicks.

Professionals will survey the tower to determine the presence of nesting

prairie falcons. Areas without nesting falcons will be reopened by May

15th. Areas with falcon nests will remain closed until young falcons

fledge, generally between July 15 and August 1. The closure areas may

change based on the location of nesting pairs.

For further information

on the climbing closures please contact the monument's Chief of Resource

Management at (307) 467-5283 ext 12.

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