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Shared By: Jesse Ryan on Jul 16, 2002
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Description

Haven't found your fill of classic sport lines wandering the main corridors and spires of the Monastery? A few more gems are hiding out in the Lion's Den. Here you might find a little more solitude, more underbrush and scree beneath the routes and even better views. The lines tend to be short and spread about the maze that is the LD. Routes in the LD proper as well as the adjecent Nursery will be described here.

Getting There

The LD lies uphill - northwest of the Guardian. The approach path(s) are quite faint. After reaching the Guardian, the first rock reached via the Monastery trail, head directly uphill passing the Catacomb on the left. Keeping close to the rock formations on the left, the Nursery will shortly come into view. Two superb bolted 5.6 are located here accessible to toproping. Climb further uphill past the last major rock formations (few or no routes currently) and drop down the hillside to the SW. You will reach a small crag with 2 sport routes (7 and 11a) and a 11a wide crack. Just downhill from this is Bearhug(11a), a sport line with a very nice position on a gently overhanging prow. Down a loose scree filled gully you will finally reach the sport lines on Wedding (a 7 and 9 sharing an anchor) and Barnacle Rocks (a 9+) Alternatively one can access these two rocks by dropping down from the main approach into the Catacomb past the routes the Gravestone and Mausoleum, and scramble right across and below several rock ribs.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Lion's Den

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 38
Bride
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 5
Unknown 1
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 3
Unknown 2
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 3
Unknown 10
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 15
Higher Learning
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 39
Groom
Sport, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 34
Bear Hug
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bride
 38
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Unknown 1
 5
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Unknown 2
 3
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Unknown 10
 3
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Higher Learning
 15
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Groom
 39
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
Bear Hug
 34
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
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