Type: Sport, 70 ft
FA: Pat and Azenda Thompson and Rick and Jana Thompson
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Shared By: Peter Gram on Jul 5, 2003 with updates from Adam Paashaus
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Monastic Groove is one of the best routes at the Outer Gates. It features refreshingly different holds than many of its neighboring 5.7/5.8s which tend to be very similar to each other.

This is the center most route in the Vestry, just downhill from the thin spire called the Steeple. Squeeze behind a detached boulder and start the route at its top. Climb up a fun water groove to a bulge with the biggest jugs that you will ever see. Pull through this, and continue for a few more bolts to a anchor set in an alcove about 70' up.


8 bolts, 2-bolt anchor with chains at the top.
This route was put up by Pat and Azenda Thompson and Rick and Jana Thompson. The route just to the left of Monastic goes at about 10b and it was put up by Mark Brantely and Pat Thompson. It is called Southern Hospitality. Jul 17, 2002
Just a quick note to clarify route information. Monastic Groove is the right hand route that starts off the ledge, goes to the bulge, and up the crack. The route to the left that starts off the same ledge and climbs up the face is called Southern Hospitality. Jul 19, 2002
Joe Keyser
Scottsdale, AZ
Joe Keyser   Scottsdale, AZ
Nice routes, Patrick, I had fun climbing them. Thanks for adding the additional info! Jul 19, 2002
Jake Wyatt
Longmont, CO
Jake Wyatt   Longmont, CO
I think I counted eight bolts on the route -- four below the break/overhang, and four after. In any case, it has a nice mix of stemming and pebble-pinching. Aug 3, 2003
Jason Shatek  
This is the best route I've done at [The Monastary]! [The] climbing is just 5 fun. The bolts are well placed and the moves are fun! Jul 28, 2005
Leo Paik
Westminster, Colorado
Leo Paik   Westminster, Colorado  
FWIW, this climb felt closer to 5.7, especially in comparison to The Steeple, No Mystery Here, Crucifix, Abbot Arete. As a result, it's probably a better warm up than those...especially The Steeple...especially if it is cold. Fun. Sep 3, 2006
Phil Lauffen
Innsbruck, AT
Phil Lauffen   Innsbruck, AT  
I've seen bigger jugs. May 9, 2011
Geissler Golding  
Great line, super fun route, well worth doing on any visit. Bolted just right to make you 'climb' the last +20ft, well done. Aug 14, 2011
Decent route, fairly cruiser but nothing special. I think it was 8 bolts to the alcove. Aug 28, 2012
In June 2014, Dale Haas and I replaced one of the hangers at the belay and added quicklinks and rings for rappel. The American Safe Climbing Association - ASCA (www.safeclimbing.org) provided the hardware. They appreciate your support. Jan 19, 2015
Perfect single pitch 5.8. Jul 3, 2015
Good warm-up. There's a really nice stance at the anchor, so it's good place for a new climber to learn to clean a route. You can stand very comfortably. Aug 8, 2016
Nice route with some different style holds to routes like The Steeple. Pretty short, though. Sep 14, 2016