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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
Type: Trad, Sport, 50 ft
FA: Lawrence Stuemke, '94
Page Views: 1,497 total, 9/month
Shared By: Jesse Ryan on Jun 5, 2004
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

Located on the east side of the Catacomb, across from Gravestone and Mausoleum. You will find two bolted lines with red hangers uphill from a crack with fixed nuts (Crack a Smile 12a). The left line is spider line (11b also needs supplemental gear), the right is Contortionist's Forte. Tossing in a nut just off the deck will provide security in reaching the first clip. A few crimps and fingerlocks will deposit you below the scoop at the 3rd bolt. The crux falls to contortions into the scoop. A unique route. Very unlike any other route at the Monastery. The climbing above the crux is still very thought provoking and stemming oriented. Don't expect a pulling fest.

Protection

Medium nut placement before the first bolt, 5 bolts to 2 bolt anchor.

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Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
  5.11b
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
  5.11b
Short, but fun no less. Not a destination climb, but worth putting on your shoes for. Nov 30, 2008