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ErikF


Apr 7, 2015, 1:48 PM
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Temporary closure - North Face Tom's Thumb
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Hi folks,

Due to nesting Prairie Falcons, a temporary closure of the north face of Tom's Thumb has been ordered by the City of Scottsdale. Please see the document cited below. The only documented bird disturbance has been hikers in the vicinity so the ban includes hiking in the immediate closure area on the north side of Tom's Thumb, but there was a study conducted by birding experts that recommended closure to climbing and rappelling as well. The closure is temporary and will be lifted when the breeding season ends.

CLIMBERS: The climbs listed below are temporarily closed. Also, if you are on the top of Tom’s Thumb, please avoid the northern edge, and do not rappel down the north side. The other crags in the area are open – including Morrell’s Wall, Gardener’s Wall, Sven Slab, Sven Towers, etc. The climbing routes that are temporarily closed on Tom’s Thumb include:

• Ubangy Lips
• Pretty Girls Make Graves
• Sacred Datura Direct
• Sucubus
• Deep Freeze
• Garbanzo Bean Direct
• Garbanzo Bean
• Krueser’s Route

Feel free to PM me if you want more information.
Erik Filsinger

http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/...emporary+Closure.pdf


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ErikF


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The City of Scottsdale has now lifted the Temporary Closure on the north face of Tom's Thumb and wanted me to express their thanks to rock climber's for their support.


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Hi folks,
The City of Scottsdale requested that I communicate the following statement from them: March 9, 2016

The northern face of Tom’s Thumb is temporarily closed to public access to protect sensitive birds of prey that are nesting in that area. Wildlife biologists and volunteers from the McDowell Sonoran Field Institute have identified a pair of Prairie Falcons that have established a nest in a rocky crag on the north face of Tom’s Thumb. The closure that is in place restricts public access to the northern base of the Thumb, and limits rock climbing access on a handful of climbs on the northern face. The Tom’s Thumb Trail remains open to public access, and people can still approach the eastern base of the Thumb. Temporary fencing and closure signs are in place that restrict access to the northern side, and we ask that the public obey all closure signs, and to stay away from the north face of Tom’s Thumb.

This year’s temporary closure is the same as the temporary closure that was implemented in this same area last year. Similarly, we anticipate the closure to last through mid-June. The biologists and volunteers will continue to monitor the nesting pair, and the closure will be lifted once the juvenile birds have safely fledged from the nest.

For more information, please visit the City’s website at www.ScottsdaleAZ.gov and search for “Preserve.”


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