Type: Sport, 105 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: ClimbandMine on Apr 12, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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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.


Steve Marr
Colorado Springs, CO
Steve Marr   Colorado Springs, CO
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. Jun 5, 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. Jun 10, 2002
Joe Keyser
Scottsdale, AZ
Joe Keyser   Scottsdale, AZ
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. Jul 17, 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. Aug 12, 2002
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. May 24, 2003
James Balasalle  
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... Jul 16, 2003
Jake Wyatt
Longmont, CO
Jake Wyatt   Longmont, CO
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. Jul 17, 2003
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. Mar 23, 2004
clint dillard
Louisville, Co
clint dillard   Louisville, Co
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. Jul 26, 2005
A good route. Sep 15, 2006
Kat A
Boulder, CO
Kat A   Boulder, CO
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. Oct 3, 2006
Kingston, NY
tdavidock   Kingston, NY
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). Jul 8, 2009
A cruise but fun. Good warm-up. Exactly 30m, be very careful where you are belaying from. Aug 28, 2012
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(www.safeclimbing.org) provided the hardware. They appreciate your support. Dec 11, 2014
Great warm-up route, though it was a bit repetitive. A stiff breeze can up the mental difficulty, as it's pretty exposed. Sep 14, 2016
Straightforward, but it does get harder up top as the fatigue kicks in and the pebbles get smaller. I'd use a 70m rope. Jul 21, 2018