Granite Mountain–for the birds?

Eva Hernandez Staff Writer If you want to climb at Prescott’s Granite Mountain, you must do so between July 16 and January 31. The protection of peregrine falcon breeding has been in effect annually for the last 17 years. Granite Mountain and Thumb Butte both have closures posted February 1 of each year with maps … Continue reading

Safety measures missing at Granite Mountain

By Daniel Roca Columnist This past winter, the critical injury of Granite Mountain climber Elise Anderson highlighted the absence of safety measures for rock-climbing in Prescott. What if the rope had not caught Anderson, and she had taken a 35-foot fall onto a knife-blade edge? What kind of rescue measures would we have in place … Continue reading

Climber takes 35-foot fall; crushed by boulder

By Daniel Roca Staff Writer Inches from the ground, body dangling, her left leg limp to the side, spasming and contracting in fits against the broken femur, 21-year-old Elise Anderson just fell nearly 35 feet off a climb on Granite Mountain, pummeled by the boulder that was supposed to protect her. These few seconds transformed … Continue reading