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Routes in The Catacomb

Abbaye d'Orval T,S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Contortionist's Forte T,S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Crack a Smile T,S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Gravestone S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Headstones S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Hot Zone, The S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Mausoleum, The S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Natural Born Driller S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Saint Sixtus Scoop S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Spider Line S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Throw Me A Scone T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
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Type: Sport
FA: Lawrence Stuemke, 1995
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Shared By: Michael Walker on May 24, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Originally reported as "Right Sunny Niner (5.9)" in the R&I 80 (8/97) mini-guide, this short romp appears as a 5.7 in the 2001 Bernard Gillett guide. Whichever, the quality of the route is no less diminished and you'll find wonderfully varied rock along its four bolt course.

Gravestone can be found on the West side of the Catacomb (right side when descending the Catacomb trail), about half way down the Sepulcher Formation. The start can be identified by a large flake standing in front of the Sepulcher which appears as a wide tombstone when viewed from above.

The start begins behind this flake, then climb up easy shelves to the first bolt, and follow 3 bolts of crystal pinching and Needles-like knob grabbing. The anchor is off to the left above the steep climbing, a two bolt affair shared with The Mausoleum. Rap 40' to the ground.


4 bolts to a two bolt anchor.


5.7 my ass. My partner and I thought it was 5.8/8+. It's as hard, if not harder than Headstones (5.8) - the route to the right, up the hill, and almost as hard as the Mausoleum, to the left. Great route, though. Aug 5, 2002
I agree with Dave completely. This was not a 5.7. But don't let that discourage you. This is another great Monastery route. The moves are there, just look for your feet and pull off the small hands. This route and Mausoleum are great routes for the beginning leader at the Monastery. I start here every time I go to this place. Aug 30, 2002
James Balasalle  
I'll third the notion. Harder than 5.7. I thought it was almost as hard as the route to it's left, "The Mausoleum," which is rated 5.9-. A fun route nonetheless. There is some variation in the moves too. Decent ledges down low, and pebble pinching up top. I found this a good route to practice movement and fluidity... Which is good, cause I need the practice.

Not 5.7... Jul 16, 2003
Jake Wyatt
Longmont, CO
Jake Wyatt   Longmont, CO
I don't know... perhaps the moves are height-related. I'm 6'1" and my partner last weekend is 6'2", and neither of us thought it was any harder than 5.7. Aug 3, 2003
Nate Oakes
Nate Oakes  
I'm 5'-10", and I agree with the first three. I felt like difficulty-wise, there was little to no difference between this route and Mausoleum. A good warm-up, especially with the tinier pinches near the top. May 17, 2006
chris deulen
Castle Rock
chris deulen   Castle Rock
Classic Monastery sandbag slabfest. Creepy. May 31, 2006
NOT 5.7! Sep 2, 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 ( provided the hardware. They appreciate your support. Jan 19, 2015
Jonny d  
Climbed it this past weekend with my son. Agree with threads above. Thought I was off-route on a 5.9. Not a confidence-builder for someone new to the Monastery. Head over to Bride to get in a real 5.7 on gneiss. Sep 8, 2015

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