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Fin Du Monde S 
Going to the Chapel S 
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Jesus on a Stick S 
La Maudite S 
Monastic Groove S 
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Mystery Route S 
No Mystery Here S 
Pandora's Pebble Pinching Party Palace S 
Simplexity S 
Southern Hospitality S 
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Stone Smoked Porter S 
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Outer Gates Rock Climbing 

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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 section.]

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season

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

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'   
Pandora's Pebble Pinching Party Palace   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch   
No Mystery Here   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 125'   
Monastic Groove   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
The Steeple   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 105'   
Dale's Downpulling Digits Decadent Donjon   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
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'   
Fin Du Monde   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Stone Smoked Porter   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Featured Route For Outer Gates
Rock Climbing Photo: Cleaning "Going to the Chapel".

Going to the Chapel 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : Outer Gates
This is the next blunt corner uphill from No Mystery Here. Scramble uphill about 100' below a big pine tree. The first three bolts climb a few feet to the left of the branches. Climb slopey crystals for three bolts till the angle eases back, then after three more bolts decide whether to traverse right to the anchors of Simplexity (5.3 - 10' from the 6th bolt, 80' to ground) or continue to the route's anchors. 125' rappel. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Somewhere in the Outer Gates.
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Rock Climbing Photo: A sample of the unique rock at The Outer Gates.
A sample of the unique rock at The Outer Gates.
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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.

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