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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
Type: Sport, 90 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: ClimbandMine on Aug 2, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This is the furthest right route on the Sepulcher, up the hill from Gravestone. 6 bolts ascend the entire formation - the first four climb a steep face, which then leans back into juggy slab. The anchors are over the edge and behind a block - bring up your second, rappel, and have fun pulling your rope. Good route, otherwise though.


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Dale Haas and I added a more user-friendly anchor to this route. No more need for long slings on TR or blowing a biceps tendon pulling your rope after rappelling. Aug 21, 2016
Dale Haas and I replaced the cold shut hangers on the bolts with Fixe SS hangers. We put SS quicklinks and SS rings on the hangers for rappel. The hardware for this work was provided by the American Safe Climbing Association ( They appreciate your support. Oct 13, 2015
Nat T.
Flagstaff, AZ
Nat T.   Flagstaff, AZ
I second what Nate said; this route would be good if the anchors were not set so far back. Did this route as a warm up and found the routes to the left (Mausoleum) to be much better. Although the view is good, it took a gargantuan effort to pull the rope through the anchors after the rappel. Sharp edges and severe rope drag don't mix, be careful! Jun 18, 2012
Nate Oakes
Nate Oakes  
I recommend bringing up a couple of 10' slings for the anchor. It's set so far back from the face that it will shred your rope if you don't. I placed a t-shirt under the most prominent corner at the top, and it ripped several holes through the shirt. Very slabby, lots of sharp conglomerate rock (would expect nothing less at The Monastery) so there are tons of options throughout. The toughest section for me seemed to lie between bolts 2 and 3. All in all, not that memorable of a climb. Hit up Gravestone and Mausoleum, the two routes to the left of this one. May 30, 2006
This is a great climb that finishes on the summit. More amazing views!!! However, the slabby finish makes for a strenuous rope pull. You can bring people up this climb, but there is no chance that you will top rope this one. Jul 25, 2003