From the Inner Sanctum Passage, the Steeple is the second formation uphill. The route is the left of two routes on the formation, and follows a blunt arete on the left side. This was a good route with some of everything, and fairly sustained.
11 draws plus 2 for the anchors. 1 60m rope or 2 ropes.
|By Steve Marr|
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jun 5, 2002
Excellent route up a good spire, with more fantastic views from the top. Be careful when rapping with a single 60m rope - the ballayer will probably have to move up on the lower angle rock around the base of the climb.
|By Joshua Lewis|
Jun 10, 2002
For all those without any other guide info:
If you liked this line, step 2 lines left up onto a block and do another great 8. It has 3-4 bolts of thinnish face then hits a nice, juggy overhang. Actual handholds give you a break from crimping for the next 3-4 bolts. Fun--only about 50-60 ft, though.
|By Joe Keyser|
From: Scottsdale, AZ
Jul 17, 2002
Beta for this climb: stand on a pebble, pinch a pebble, stand on a pebble, pinch a pebble... Pretty much like that the whole way.
|By Andy Mauk|
Aug 12, 2002
Sweet route for warming up on. The first three quaters of the route is really good feet and hands, but towards the top it can get a little sketchy if your tierd. You have to wear shoes that don't make your feet hurt because your feet hurt after the climb no matter what your wearing on your feet.
|By Anthony Lopez|
May 24, 2003
If you are a moderate climber and looking for a route at the monastery that will boost your confidence in your leading abilities, this is the route.
|By James Balasalle|
Jul 16, 2003
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
This is a good route. It's LONG though. Rapping off used almost all of our 60M rope. I felt it to be the same climbing almost the whole way up. I kept thinking to myself "Am I there yet?" and "Didn't I just do this move?"
I wouldn't make the hike just for this climb...
|By Jake Wyatt|
From: Longmont, CO
Jul 17, 2003
I found the only variety to be where the moves changed from the 5.7 and under to the little crux section near the top, as that seemed to be pretty noticeable.
|By shad O'Neel|
Mar 23, 2004
A brisk wind adds to the pucker factor high on this one. Climbing was reasonable, but it really made me not want to fall up high. Nice long slab climbing.
|By clint dillard|
From: Louisville, Co
Jul 26, 2005
rating: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
I thought this route was great. This was my first visit to the area, so I was a little nervous about the climbing at the start of the day, but I quickly figured it out. The routes just got better as the day went along. The Steeple, I felt was 3 star pebble pinching. Once you get over the possibility that the pebble your holding or standing could break and send you on that cheese grater fall you always fear, and just enjoy where your at and what your doing. The whole experience is amazing.
Sep 15, 2006
A good route.
|By Kat A|
From: Bart and Lisa Ville, CO
Oct 3, 2006
A decent 5.8 route though I wouldn't recommend a beginner lead this one - it's exposed, can be windy, and the bolts are spaced far enough that a lead fall would be very painful on the sharp crystalline rock.
From: Philadelphia, PA
Jul 8, 2009
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Great climb that pushes your leading ability at this grade. It was very sustained, but probably one of my favorite sport climbs in all of the Estes Valley. The views at the top are amazing. Unlike the other comment, I would definitely make the approach to get on this climb (the Monastery is a great destination).
Aug 28, 2012
A cruise but fun. Good warm-up. Exactly 30m, be very careful where you are belaying from.