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The Steeple 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 105'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: ClimbandMine on Apr 13, 2002

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Griz pebble pinching on The Steeple.


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.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Having a great time on The Steeple. Photo by Mary ...
Having a great time on The Steeple. Photo by Mary ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Albert Kettner contemplating the moves up the stee...
Albert Kettner contemplating the moves up the stee...
Rock Climbing Photo: B. Maynes on top of The Steeple.
B. Maynes on top of The Steeple.
Rock Climbing Photo: Shane trying to hold it together on the crux of th...
Shane trying to hold it together on the crux of th...
Rock Climbing Photo: Amos belaying Brent up The Steeple.
Amos belaying Brent up The Steeple.
Rock Climbing Photo: John on "The Steeple". A nice welcoming ...
John on "The Steeple". A nice welcoming ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Griz pinching pebbles on The Steeple under standar...
Griz pinching pebbles on The Steeple under standar...

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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.
By Blitzo
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.
By tdavidock
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).
By Canon
Aug 28, 2012

A cruise but fun. Good warm-up. Exactly 30m, be very careful where you are belaying from.
By Bruce Hildenbrand
Dec 11, 2014

In June 2014, Dale Haas and I replaced the cold shut hangers on the anchor bolts with SS hangers. We added SS quicklinks and rings. The American Safe Climbing Association - ASCA( provided the hardware. They appreciate your support.

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