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Stolen Land

5.11c, Sport,  Avg: 3.3 from 105 votes
FA: Stuemke
Colorado > Estes Park Valley > Big Thompson Ca… > Monastery > Vestibule
Access Issue: Storm Mt./Cedar Park road closed to non-locals Details


This is the right line on the Altar, the beautiful pinnacle on the right side of the Vestibule.

Clip the 1st bolt and boulder out the crux moves, a thin crank. From here, the climb follows incipent seams for five more bolts on pretty continous 10 climbing. Remember a #5 Rock or equivalent for the last moves unless you are comfortable running it out, or escaping left to the top of Tabula Rasa.

You might consider this a three star if you like bouldery routes, obviously I prefer continous lines. It is stellar nonetheless.


7 bolts to Tabula Rasa's Anchors. No nuts needed

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Rodney Yee would be [jealous] of this location.
[Hide Photo] Rodney Yee would be [jealous] of this location.
Wyatt onsighting Stolen Land
[Hide Photo] Wyatt onsighting Stolen Land
Approximate bolt locations
[Hide Photo] Approximate bolt locations
Me onsighting Stolen Land 2 years ago.
[Hide Photo] Me onsighting Stolen Land 2 years ago.
Brit Mark Savage cranking (c) Jesse Ryan 1997
[Hide Photo] Brit Mark Savage cranking (c) Jesse Ryan 1997

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[Hide Comment] I think this is the RIGHT hand route on the Altar; just right of Tabula Rasa. Feb 3, 2003
[Hide Comment] 5.11c/d possible Jul 24, 2003
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] A bolt has been added to the top of this route (not by me). No nuts are needed. Apr 30, 2005
Brian Faulkner
Fort Collins
[Hide Comment] This is an awesome route. It makes Tabula Rasa seem way easy. The beginning is a bit bouldery, but the rest of it is solid and continuous. A few weeks ago I was there and one the important hold was pulled off and it made the beginning even more difficult. I only top roped it, but I imagine its a spicy lead. If your climber takes a fall near the bottom make sure they do not get an enema with the log/rock that's at the bottom. May 23, 2005
Ross Swanson
Pinewood Springs
[Hide Comment] Classic 11 move at the 1st bolt, once you figure it out. Jul 23, 2007
[Hide Comment] Bolted all the way up, good protection after the 1st clip. Similar to Tabula but more fun (and not much harder) with better sequences. Jun 27, 2009
Mike Humphries
Arvada, CO
[Hide Comment] While both routes are fun, I thought this was waaay better than Tabula Rasa. Perfect rock, the route follows the bolt line (Tabula climbs mostly to the left of the bolts) with a low, crimpy crux with continuous and thought provoking slabbing above. Jun 11, 2015
[Hide Comment] I got on this route hearing that there is a 10c on this slab. It was a rather stiff warmup. I agree with the previous statement that this route has more interesting moves and features than Tabula Rasa. This is 4 star slab climbing. Aug 3, 2015
Lane Mathis
Denver, CO
[Hide Comment] A hard 5.11 move to reach bolt one leads to good laybacking moves on perfect stone. If you sent Tabula Rasa, stick clip the first bolt, and hop on. Totally good. Jul 19, 2019