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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:
Pandora's Pebble Pinching Party Palace 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Sport, 1 pitch
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'
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'
Moving to Montana 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport
Stone Smoked Porter 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
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Going to the Chapel 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : Outer Gates
This is the next blunt corner uphill from No Mystery Here. Scramble uphill about 100' below a big pine tree. The first three bolts climb a few feet to the left of the branches. Climb slopey crystals for three bolts till the angle eases back, then after three more bolts decide whether to traverse right to the anchors of Simplexity (5.3 - 10' from the 6th bolt, 80' to ground) or continue to the route's anchors. 125' rappel. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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