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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.
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Wes Bound 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Inner Peace 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Tabula Rasa 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch
Doctors, Lawyers, and Indian Chiefs 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch
Like the Good Ol' Daze 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Arch Crack 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Stolen Land 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Aurora 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 30'
Psychatomic 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch
Dreamcatcher 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
The Quickening 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Third Millennium 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Grand Ol' Opry 5.14c 8c+ 34 XI- 35 E9 7b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
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Third Millennium 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : The Vestibule
A groundbreaking ascent in its day (1996), this route remains as one the Front Range's proudest test-pieces and perhaps one of the best of the grade in the country. Begin matched in an undercling and immediately fire into the hardest single moves of the climb, involving a series of crimps and a couple tight pockets. Above the fourth bolt, fire directly into the routes redpoint crux by continuing straight up through an engaging maze of gastons with worsening feet to the fifth bolt. Many-a-hard me...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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