Rock climbing route reopens

Rock climbing routes that had been closed this spring for peregrine falcon nesting were reopened Friday.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation temporarily closes rock climbing routes every spring to protect peregrine falcon nest sites.

The closures prevent climbers from disturbing the birds and their young. Peregrine falcons are listed as endangered species in New York state.

“The closure of climbing routes is based on a number of factors, primarily the route’s proximity and visibility to a nesting site,” according to the DEC’s website. “Each situation is unique and a specific distance from the nest site can not be used to make a closure determination. DEC’s priority is protecting an endangered species; however, attempts are made to maximize the opportunities for climbing at the same time.

“At the beginning of the season DEC closes whole or large portions of cliffs where peregrine falcons have regularly nested. This allows them to choose a nesting site without any being troubled by climbing activity.”

Cliffs that had been closed include Moss Cliff in the Wilmington Notch, Lower Washbowl Cliffs near Chapel Pond, a group of routes on the main face of Pokomoonshine Mountain and a group of routes on Shelving Rock Cliff on Lake George.