Raptors are well known to nest in the area, and this year's nest at Black Wall is in the grotto at the base of Rambo Crack in Cannibal Gully. The Land Trust, Access Fund and the Save Donner Climbing group are asking climbers and hikers to please respect a seasonal closure.
Volunteers will monitor the nest and lift the closure when nesting activities have ceased for the year. The nest has two eggs, and the female was incubating, thus they may fledge by mid-July. The female appeared more high-strung than birds in recent years, and is possibly a new individual, so we are asking climbers and hikers to stay out of that gully or line of sight. While hiking or climbing outside this closure buffer nearby, please avoid disturbance, keep noise to a minimum, and use best judgment to gauge and mitigate your impact.
The following routes are closed until further notice: Touch and Go, Hungover Hangover, Rat's Tooth, Empty Sky, Rhythm Killer, Pinball Junkie, Inner Recess, Rambo Crack, Space Invaders, and Bourbon Street.
Fortunately, climbers can choose from plenty of other routes at Black Wall and elsewhere on Donner Summit