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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).
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.
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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+ MVS 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 125'
Abbot Arete 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 125'
Pandora's Pebble Pinching Party Palace 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Sport, 1 pitch
Monastic Groove 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
The Steeple 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 105'
Cloister Frock 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
La Maudite 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Hog Heaven 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Stone Smoked Porter 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
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La Maudite 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : Outer Gates
In English: "The Damned One". Given the name, I suppose you'll be damned if do, and damned if you don't. The climbing on this route isn't exactly your standard Monastic crimping fare. Instead, you'll find intriguing movement on sculpted rock that leads to robust finish. It is a bit unusual for the area and one of the area's longest and most varied of the grade.Commence 12 feet right of "No Mystery Here" and romp over scooped-out features to gain the start of a seamed-out crack i...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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