Type: Sport
FA: Lawerence Stuemke
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Shared By: Jesse Ryan on Jul 13, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Photogenic and amazing. Climbs the left side of the Altar, a clean detached spire of rock halfway down the right side of the Vestibule. Perfect photo op, have a friend hike back up the Vestibule and snap profile pics with Long's in the background. The climb is nicer than the view. It is thin, balancy and continous. Thank you Lawrence.


8 bolts to two bolt anchor (shared with route to right - Stolen Land, 5.11c).


Brian Faulkner
Fort Collins
Brian Faulkner   Fort Collins
Blank Slate: When you come down from the top, it is a very prominant feature. I agree with the previous discription. Its a tough-thin 5.10. If your a 5.10 climber it will push your limits. There are a couple of cruxy spots, one at the bottom, and one about 3/4 the way up. Awesome views! Oct 11, 2002
Great climb. A good sustained climb except for the last 20'. Jul 24, 2003
Boulder, CO
Jeremy   Boulder, CO
Outstanding route! Very crimpy with a nice rest right after the crux. Good view, too. Jun 18, 2004
I thought this route was harder than stolen land. Aug 16, 2004
Brad Schildt
Boulder, CO
Brad Schildt   Boulder, CO
The crux is above the 5th bolt - far enough above the bolt to make for some spicy falls for me. But the rock is smooth, so there is no shredding going on, which is nice. Above the 6th bolt is easier climbing, but the moves are fun and the view is spectacular. An amazing climb. Sep 13, 2005
Nate Oakes  
I second or third or whatever all the rave reviews for this route. Absolutely stunning rock formation, and a very apt name for the route itself. The holds get really thin at the crux. To exit the crux, reach back into the diagonal rail with a left hand for a bomber hold. I tried this route last year and felt like such a champ when I got it the other day. As with most routes at The Monastery, make sure you take a minute at the top to enjoy the view! May 30, 2006
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
Neat climb, but it must be the iconic setting that people are giving the stars to, because the climbing is good, but not particularly classic. Nov 30, 2008
W. Spaller  
One of the best sport routes in the Estes area. Dec 9, 2008
Sarah Kate
Seattle, WA
Sarah Kate   Seattle, WA
Dancing, balancing crimpers and cracks. LADIES: this is for you. One of my favorite climbs ever. May 5, 2009
Nick Fury
Boulder, Colorado
Nick Fury   Boulder, Colorado
The Ratings are really variable here and a little stiff. I would rate this a 5.10d. Definitely one of "THE" routes to do here. Get your crimpers ready for a featured sloper. Jun 25, 2009
keith story
Boulder, CO
keith story   Boulder, CO
Woot! What a climb. It got me all rhyilldd up inside and frisky, too. Prancing around all nimbly-pimbly from crimp to crimp definitely made me question my origins, which might be why the route is named Tabula Rasa. Or maybe it is because there are no solid foot holds at the crux.

Regardless, this climb will be another monument to your blank slate.

This was definitely harder than any 5.10c I've done, but the ratings are different everywhere. I'd call it bordering a 5.11. Maybe a 5.10d.

Great climb. Will repeat... again and again. Jul 25, 2010
Fort Collins, CO
Talis   Fort Collins, CO
Spicy and awesome. The crux was harder than nearly every 11a I've climbed. Apr 24, 2017
John Johnson
Denver, CO
John Johnson   Denver, CO
Burly, sustained, and rewarding. This 5.10d really took me down a peg. It's continuous hard climbing to the top on quartz crimpers and thin moves. Needless to say, this is a must do route. If you're a solid 5.10 climber, this will really put your lead abilities to the test. Dec 10, 2017