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Tabula Rasa

5.10d, Sport,  Avg: 3.6 from 248 votes
FA: Lawerence Stuemke
Colorado > Estes Park Valley > Big Thompson Ca… > Monastery > Vestibule

Description

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.

Protection

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

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Andrew nearing the top.
[Hide Photo] Andrew nearing the top.
Punching through one of the cruxier sections on Tabula Rasa.
[Hide Photo] Punching through one of the cruxier sections on Tabula Rasa.
Finishing up Tabula Rasa on a cloudy day, July 2006. Photo by John C.
[Hide Photo] Finishing up Tabula Rasa on a cloudy day, July 2006. Photo by John C.
(c) Jesse Ryan 2000.
[Hide Photo] (c) Jesse Ryan 2000.
10c, My @ss!
[Hide Photo] 10c, My @ss!
Dan nearing the top of Tabula Rasa, 5.10c at the Monastary. 10/13/07
[Hide Photo] Dan nearing the top of Tabula Rasa, 5.10c at the Monastary. 10/13/07
View from bottom of Vestibule. Tabula Rasa, on left.
[Hide Photo] View from bottom of Vestibule. Tabula Rasa, on left.
Classic shot.
[Hide Photo] Classic shot.
Approximate bolt locations
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Incredibly aesthetic line. Beautiful, warm, dry day in late April 2018.
[Hide Photo] Incredibly aesthetic line. Beautiful, warm, dry day in late April 2018.
80 feet of pure, crimpy joy.
[Hide Photo] 80 feet of pure, crimpy joy.
Tabula with Long's Peak standing by.
[Hide Photo] Tabula with Long's Peak standing by.

Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

Brian Faulkner
Fort Collins
[Hide Comment] 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
[Hide Comment] Great climb. A good sustained climb except for the last 20'. Jul 24, 2003
Jeremy
Boulder, CO
  5.10d
[Hide Comment] Outstanding route! Very crimpy with a nice rest right after the crux. Good view, too. Jun 18, 2004
[Hide Comment] I thought this route was harder than stolen land. Aug 16, 2004
Brad Schildt
Boulder, CO
  5.10d
[Hide Comment] 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
[Hide Comment] 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
  5.10c
[Hide Comment] 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
[Hide Comment] One of the best sport routes in the Estes area. Dec 9, 2008
Sarah Kate
Seattle, WA
 
[Hide Comment] Dancing, balancing crimpers and cracks. LADIES: this is for you. One of my favorite climbs ever. May 5, 2009
Nick Fury
Boulder, Colorado
[Hide Comment] 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
  5.10d
[Hide Comment] 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
Talis
Fort Collins, CO
  5.11a/b
[Hide Comment] Spicy and awesome. The crux was harder than nearly every 11a I've climbed. Apr 24, 2017
John Johnson
Denver, CO
  5.11a/b
[Hide Comment] 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