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Tabula Rasa 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10c/d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Lawerence Stuemke
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Submitted By: Jesse Ryan on Jul 14, 2001

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Description 

Photogenic and amazing. Climbs the left side of the Altar, a clean detached spire of rock halfway down the right side of the Vestibule. Perfect photo op, have a friend hike back up the Vestibule and snap profile pics with Long's in the background. The climb is nicer than the view. It is thin, balancy and continous. Thank you Lawrence.

Protection 

8 bolts to two bolt anchor (shared with route to right - Stolen Land, 5.11c).


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Andrew nearing the top.
Andrew nearing the top.
Punching through one of the cruxier sections on Ta...
Punching through one of the cruxier sections on Ta...
Finishing up Tabula Rasa on a cloudy day, July 200...
Finishing up Tabula Rasa on a cloudy day, July 200...
Dan nearing the top of Tabula Rasa, 5.10c at the M...
Dan nearing the top of Tabula Rasa, 5.10c at the M...
10c, My @ss!
10c, My @ss!
Con climbing into the clouds on Tabula Rasa
Con climbing into the clouds on Tabula Rasa
It's all good.
It's all good.
Kristy at the anchors, Longs and Meeker in the bac...
Kristy at the anchors, Longs and Meeker in the bac...
Yeah, it's the same picture as everyone else, but ...
Yeah, it's the same picture as everyone else, but ...
View from bottom of Vestibule. Tabula Rasa, on lef...
View from bottom of Vestibule. Tabula Rasa, on lef...
Pulling my way to the top!
Pulling my way to the top!
How cool is this picture op
How cool is this picture op
Halfway up Tabularasa
Halfway up Tabularasa
Way solid rock on the two routes on the alter.
Way solid rock on the two routes on the alter.
Almost to the crux.
Almost to the crux.
Glenn Thompson starting up the incredible Tabula R...
Glenn Thompson starting up the incredible Tabula R...
Sam Coffin on the Alter.
Sam Coffin on the Alter.
Approximate bolt locations
BETA PHOTO: Approximate bolt locations
At the fourth bolt on Tabula Rasa.
At the fourth bolt on Tabula Rasa.
Eric on Tabula Rasa.
Eric on Tabula Rasa.
One more pic of this awesome route
One more pic of this awesome route
I didn't climb it but I couldn't resist taking a p...
I didn't climb it but I couldn't resist taking a p...
You can see the top of Tabula Rasa, but also someb...
BETA PHOTO: You can see the top of Tabula Rasa, but also someb...
Mid-Summer afternoon.
Mid-Summer afternoon.

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By Brian Faulkner
From: Fort Collins
Oct 11, 2002

Blank Slate: When you come down from the top, it is a very prominant feature. I agree with the previous discription. Its a tough-thin 5.10. If your a 5.10 climber it will push your limits. There are a couple of cruxy spots, one at the bottom, and one about 3/4 the way up. Awesome views!
By Nate Christiansen
Jul 24, 2003

Great climb. A good sustained climb except for the last 20'.
By Jeremy
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 18, 2004
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Outstanding route! Very crimpy with a nice rest right after the crux. Good view, too.
By Anonymous Coward
Aug 16, 2004

I thought this route was harder than stolen land.
By Brad Schildt
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 13, 2005
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

The crux is above the 5th bolt - far enough above the bolt to make for some spicy falls for me. But the rock is smooth, so there is no shredding going on, which is nice. Above the 6th bolt is easier climbing, but the moves are fun and the view is spectacular. An amazing climb.
By Nate Oakes
May 30, 2006

I second or third or whatever all the rave reviews for this route. Absolutely stunning rock formation, and a very apt name for the route itself. The holds get really thin at the crux. To exit the crux, reach back into the diagonal rail with a left hand for a bomber hold. I tried this route last year and felt like such a champ when I got it the other day. As with most routes at The Monastery, make sure you take a minute at the top to enjoy the view!
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Nov 30, 2008
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Neat climb, but it must be the iconic setting that people are giving the stars to, because the climbing is good, but not particularly classic.
By W. Spaller
From: Boulder
Dec 9, 2008

One of the best sport routes in the Estes area.
By Sarah Kate
From: Seattle, WA
May 5, 2009

Dancing, balancing crimpers and cracks. LADIES: this is for you. One of my favorite climbs ever.
By Nick Fury
From: Boulder, Colorado
Jun 25, 2009

The Ratings are really variable here and a little stiff. I would rate this a 5.10d. Definitely one of "THE" routes to do here. Get your crimpers ready for a featured sloper.
By keith story
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 25, 2010
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Woot! What a climb. It got me all rhyilldd up inside and frisky, too. Prancing around all nimbly-pimbly from crimp to crimp definitely made me question my origins, which might be why the route is named Tabula Rasa. Or maybe it is because there are no solid foot holds at the crux.

Regardless, this climb will be another monument to your blank slate.

This was definitely harder than any 5.10c I've done, but the ratings are different everywhere. I'd call it bordering a 5.11. Maybe a 5.10d.

Great climb. Will repeat... again and again.