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The Catacomb
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Abbaye d'Orval T,S 
Contortionist's Forte T,S 
Crack a Smile T,S 
Gravestone S 
Headstones S 
Hot Zone, The S 
Mausoleum, The S 
Natural Born Driller S 
Saint Sixtus Scoop S 
Spider Line S 
Throw Me A Scone T 

Contortionist's Forte 

YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

   
Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Lawrence Stuemke, '94
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Submitted By: Jesse Ryan on Jun 6, 2004

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Sam initiating the crux sequence on Contortionists...

Description 

Located on the east side of the Catacomb, across from Gravestone and Mausoleum. You will find two bolted lines with red hangers uphill from a crack with fixed nuts (Crack a Smile 12a). The left line is spider line (11b also needs supplemental gear), the right is Contortionist's Forte. Tossing in a nut just off the deck will provide security in reaching the first clip. A few crimps and fingerlocks will deposit you below the scoop at the 3rd bolt. The crux falls to contortions into the scoop. A unique route. Very unlike any other route at the Monastery. The climbing above the crux is still very thought provoking and stemming oriented. Don't expect a pulling fest.


Protection 

Medium nut placement before the first bolt, 5 bolts to 2 bolt anchor.



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By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Nov 30, 2008
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

Short, but fun no less. Not a destination climb, but worth putting on your shoes for.