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Elevation: 7,843 ft 2,391 m
GPS: 40.45337, -105.3695
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Shared By: Michael Walker on May 27, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
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The Catacomb, like its parallel neighbor The Vestibule, is a passageway, an alley of sorts, between the amazing rock formations of the Monastery. Unlike its neighbor, the Catacomb has a wider, open feel. A central path winds its way down the surreal forest with the Boneyard, a spaceship landed in the forest, as its left margin, and the more Needles-like Sepulcher formation forming its right margin.

Getting There Suggest change

The Catacomb is easily found when arriving to the Monastery by turning right and uphill just before the Guardian on the main path. This right turn is after the left-hand downhill turn that leads to the Outer Gates. Once surmounting a highpoint, the trail descends into the gap made by the Boneyard rock formation on the left and The Sepulcher formation on the right.

One can also access the Catacomb from below, following a path that originates from the Outer Gates, climbs past the Vestibule corridor and the Boneyard formation. The trail then ascends into the Catacomb.

Route Order

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Routes here are ordered in L to R fashion as one would approach heading down the hill along the Boneyard cliff, then moving west, and climbing back up the hill along the Sepulcher.

12 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Catacomb

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 14
Crypt
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 52
The Mausoleum
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 187
The Hot Zone
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 56
Abbaye d'Orval
Trad, Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 32
Saint Sixtus Scoop
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 20
Contortionist's Forte
Trad, Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 16
Crack a Smile
Trad, Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Crypt
 14
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
The Mausoleum
 52
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
The Hot Zone
 187
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Abbaye d'Orval
 56
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Sport
Saint Sixtus Scoop
 32
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Contortionist's Forte
 20
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Sport
Crack a Smile
 16
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Trad, Sport
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