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Shared By: Richard M. Wright on Oct 25, 2002
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Description

The Sancturary is host to some of the best problems at BEM, and what makes The Sanctuary Wall so interesting is the diversity of problems that have been put up. There is a long traverse (hard to link up but probably still low in V scale), some fine straight up edge problems (V2, V3, V4), cracks (did not try), and some crossed link-ups (?V5 to V7?). At 20 feet, the top-outs seemed a bit high for my taste, or hips. If The Sanctuary has any draw-back, it would be the lack of significant angle. I found that even after an hour of on and off bouldering, while it was possible to build up a real forearm burn, I was still looking for a tree limb where I could go and crank off a slew of pull-ups just to finish the upper body pump. However, the landings are nearly perfectly flat, the rock solid, and the problems interesting enough to making the hike in well worth the effort. Now, if we could just get a bulldozer behind the thing and get the angle tipped back a bit more....

Getting There

Hike along the creek trail for 20 minutes or so passing the turn off for the Dragon's Den and the Traverse Wall. The Sanctuary is five to ten minutes beyond the Traverse Wall.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Sanctuary

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V3 6A
Sinister Minister
Boulder
V3 6A
The Arete
Boulder
V5 6C
Devil's Face
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Sinister Minister V3 6A Boulder
The Arete V3 6A Boulder
Devil's Face V5 6C Boulder
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Ethan Little
Longmont, CO
Ethan Little   Longmont, CO
I think the flood has increased the approach times. For me, boulder hopping up the creek, the approach was closer to 15-20 minutes from the Traverse Wall. It's right next to the water, however, so you can't miss it. Just keep hiking if in doubt. May 12, 2017
Bob Robinson
Lone Tree, Colorado
Bob Robinson   Lone Tree, Colorado
I agree. I've been visiting this place for the past couple of years, and it is a very peaceful, very fun moderate area. Simply beautiful stone next to a beautiful creek in a beautiful forest. What more could a boulderer want? Jul 25, 2011
Andrew Ryder
Arizony
Andrew Ryder   Arizony
I loved this place. The thick trees provided enough shade to keep it fairly cool until 1pm, even when it was pushing 100 down in Longmont. There are tons of problems all in a row and lots of holds to make stuff up if you get bored, and all of it is nestled in a peaceful, secluded setting with a quiet creek nearby. Moderate boulderers should not miss out. Jul 20, 2008

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