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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+ 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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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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