Middle East Wall (we should read this as the entire cliff system) is closed
until August 1st. See attached emails.
From: Robert Kent
Sent: Thursday, June 05, 2003 7:22 AM
To: Paul Certa; John Crock
Cc: Therese Martin; Matt Monda
Subject: Re: Falcon on Middle East Wall
I have closed the Middle East Wall the past few years for a nesting falcon.
The climbing closure last until August 1.<SNIP>
----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Certa"
To: "John Crock"; "Robert D Kent"
Cc: "Therese Martin"
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2003 10:33 PM
Subject: Falcon on Middle East Wall
> Robert and John,
> This past Sunday, Terry and I saw a peregrine falcon or some other bird of
> prey on the West End of Middle East Wall. As we approached "Rhino Lining"
> from the East, the bird continuously circled overhead making a very loud
> alarming cry and dove down at us occasionally. We turned around and left
> after a few moments - the bird stopped crying before we reached the forth
> class descent that separated the West End from the Middle Section. We did
> not try to verify the location of the presumed nest, but it is probably in
> the vicinity of the cliff between "Rhino Lining" and "Be a Barbie Doll".
> Page 48 of the 2nd edition of "Frenchman Coulee - A rock climbers guide"
> a good photograph showing Middle East Wall and the location of the West
> If you don't have a copy of the book, check out this link for an overview:
> http://users.owt.com/wrobins/me_west.html - the fourth class descent is at
> the extreme left hand side of the picture. And this link:
> http://users.owt.com/wrobins/view.html?me_west9.jpg has an enlargement
> route names.
> Based on the bird's response, I assume that a partial voluntary closure of
> Middle East Wall is in order. This would include the West End and the two
> areas on the cliffs below the West End called The Dungeon and Sanctuary.
> What do you think? I would like any guidance you may have on if this is
> appropriate action. And if so, for how long should the cliff be closed -
> through the end of July? I can post notices on various internet message
> boards and arrange for a poster on the reader board in the parking lot.
> If you would like to talk to me, try my work phone (<snip>) anytime
> after 9 am.
> Paul Certa