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Home to many many moderate (5.7 - 5.10a) well-bolted sport routes, this is rightly one of the more popular destinations at the Monastery. One finds such highly featured rock the crux is often in hanging out long enough to decide which holds to use. Classics include No Mystery Here (5.7), The Steeple (5.8), and Monastic Groove (5.8).

[Eds. Going NW from the Outer Gates are narrow subcorridors, with routes inside, separating some of these southern-most Outer Gates SE faces of these crags. Some of these subcorridors have separate names. These subcorridors are: unnamed, unnamed, The Balcony, Hallowed Hall, & Inner Sanctum. For the purposes of organization, routes within this subcorridors will be organized in the The Vestibule section.]

Getting There 

Just before the Guardian, head downhill, basically skirting around the left side of the main towers of the Monastery. You will pass just below the two bolted routes on the Not So Hairy Pin (5.8+ and 5.11d). Just past these routes take a right turn down the hill and you will begin passing alonside the Outer Gates. You will pass Harley Davidson (5.12c) up high then Simplexity (5.9+) and Going to the Chapel (5.8) at the Balcony. Finally one reaches the high density collection of routes on the Steeple, Vestry and Wine Cellar.

23 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Outer Gates:
No Mystery Here   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 125'   
Abbot Arete   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 125'   
Pandora's Pebble Pinching Party Palace   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Monastic Groove   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
The Steeple   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 105'   
Cloister Frock   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
La Maudite   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Hog Heaven   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Stone Smoked Porter   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Joell on "Cloister Frock" 5.9. <br /> <br />Photo by Blitzo.

Cloister Frock 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : Outer Gates
Begin about 30 feet left of Going to the Chapel on the same formation. Climb up to the second bolt in a large scoop, pull the crux (5.9), and climb past four more bolts. You can then step diagonally up and right to clip the seventh bolt of Going to the Chapel, and either finish up that route or traverse further diagonally up and right to the anchor of Simplexity.One rope will allow a rappel from the Simplexity anchor, however one rope will *NOT...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Downclimbing thru one of the many little alleys to the Vestibule.
Downclimbing thru one of the many little alleys to...
Most of the climbs here look like this...  The climbing is more difficult than it looks until you get used to the rock
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A sample of the unique rock at The Outer Gates.
A sample of the unique rock at The Outer Gates.
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By brain damage
Jun 5, 2010

It's an awesome area if you like slabs, the rock is awesome, feet are everywhere but the hands suck.