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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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.1 miles from here

25 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Outer Gates:
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   
No Mystery Here   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 125'   
The Steeple   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 105'   
Monastic Groove   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Cloister Frock   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Simplexity   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
La Maudite   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Fin Du Monde   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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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Crystal Staircase 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : Outer Gates
Crystal Staircase is on the right edge of the Vestry, to the right of Monastic Groove.Crystal Staircase is an enjoyable mid grade 5.7. The first few bolts are quick to reach, then after bolt 5 it becomes runout up to the anchors, although the risk of fall is much lower since the route mellows greatly.There are no anchors specifically for this route. You need to keep climbing up to the very top of the Vestry, then you'll see the anchors for Stand Up Comedy at the far side of the top. Use these...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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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.
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