Outer Gates Rock Climbing
Somewhere in the Outer Gates.
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).
[Eds. Going NW from the Outer Gates are narrow subcorridors, with routes inside, separating some of these southern-most Outer Gates SE faces of these crags. Some of these subcorridors have separate names. These subcorridors are: unnamed, unnamed, The Balcony, Hallowed Hall, & Inner Sanctum. For the purposes of organization, routes within this subcorridors will be organized in the The Vestibule
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.
Weather station 8.1 miles from here
25 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Outer Gates
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Outer Gates:
Abbot Arete 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 125'
The Steeple 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 105'
La Maudite 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Simplexity 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Hog Heaven 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Featured Route For Outer Gates
Fin Du Monde 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a CO
: Estes Park Valley
: ... : Outer Gates
In English: End of the World. An exceptional abbey style ale of high potency and uncommon smoothness, which not surprisingly are also characteristics of this route. A couple puzzling cruxes complement the route's excellent stone and the fine position of the crux.Begin from the ledge ten feet right of "Monastic Groove" and follow the line of clips up the clean face to a blunt arête with a bulge. Move left at the ledge to shared anchors with "Monastic Groove"....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
By brain damage
Jun 5, 2010
It's an awesome area if you like slabs, the rock is awesome, feet are everywhere but the hands suck.