L to R R to L Alpha
The Vestibule is the spectacular corridor leading through the major towers of the Monastery. Here you'll find alternately steep slabs on the southeast (right) side of the corridor and vertical to steeper rock on the northwest facing (left) side of the corridor. Routes that can be described in the Vestibule include those in the corridor proper and in the side corridors (the Balcony, Hallowed Hall and Inner Sanctum). Besides the amazing views across the valley and mountains with Longs rising above it all you'll have classics like Tabula Rasa (5.10c), Stolen Land (5.11c), Psychatomic (5.12d), 911 (5.11c/d), and Suspended Animation (5.11a) waiting for the send. The routes in the main corridor can be much different than the Needle's like affairs the Monastery normally offers, instead crisp edges and holds on a finer grained rock for a great change of pace.
From the end of the approach trail at the Guardian (two steep bolted lines here) continue straight into the opening of the corridor, passing a log on the left. Shortly you will be dropping down in elevation with views of Longs (on a good day) before you and routes to either side. It is possible to reach the outer gates through the last two southeast corridors (Hallowed Hall and Inner Sanctum) and not without serious scrambling through the first two minor corridors or the third (the Balcony). Exit the Vestibule to the northwest to reach the Catacombs or the next section of rocks, the Lion's Den.
Due to the nature of the Vestibule, routes are listed in the "L to R" list in approximate order as you would approach from North to South (or from the top of the hill towards the bottom). There are routes on both sides of the various corridors, so a given route on the East wall may be listed as "right" of a route on the West wall, if that route is the next line approached when heading down hill.
Browse More Classics in The Vestibule
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Vestibule:
Wes Bound 5.10a Sport, 1 pitch, 90 feet
Inner Peace 5.10b Sport, 1 pitch, 100 feet
Tabula Rasa 5.10c Sport, 1 pitch
Doctors, Lawyers, and Indian Chiefs 5.11a Sport, 1 pitch
Arch Crack 5.11b Sport
Stolen Land 5.11c Sport, 1 pitch
Psychatomic 5.12d Sport, 1 pitch
The Quickening 5.13c Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Third Millennium 5.13d Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Grand Ol' Opry 5.14c Sport, 1 pitch, 70 feet
Featured Route For The Vestibule
Tabula Rasa 5.10c CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : The Vestibule
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....[more] Browse More Classics in CO