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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: Trad, Sport, 60 ft Fixed Hardware (5)
FA: Lawrence Stuemke, '94
Page Views: 5,517 total · 31/month
Shared By: Jesse Ryan on Jun 5, 2004
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Stellar mixed line. Rock reminiscent of Vestibule near Psychotomic. Located on the East side of the Catacomb, also across from Gravestone and Mausoleum - and just downhill from Contortionist's Forte. I started from the blocks and flakes, although the crack could be climbed to this same point. Standing on the block one can place a nut to protect the move to the first fixed gear. Climb past four (as of 6/6/04) pieces of fixed gear (leave em) on stellar fun laybacking and locks to a jug. Clip the first bolt. Pull through powerful and thought provoking moves past the two bolts to the anchors. Great line!


As of 6/6/04 there were 4 fixed nuts as well as two bolts above and the 2 anchor bolts. A small/medium stopper protected the moves to the first fixed gear - you may need other supplemental gear.


I think those fixed wires have been there a while. Makes this route esentially a sport route, so non-trad climbers should not shy away from this one. One of the better 12's at the Monastary. Jun 16, 2004
Crack a Smile - you will when you complete this route! I think it is one of the best routes at the monestery. Nice fingerish crack to some powerful pulls past two bolts - Close to classic! Dec 22, 2004
Fort Collins, CO
climber73   Fort Collins, CO
Only 2 wires left in the crack as of today. Bring gear to lead. Sep 8, 2007
Fort Collins
Dusty   Fort Collins
Only one fixed wire left. Don't expect a sport lead. Excellent route. May 12, 2008
Steven Lucarelli
Moab, UT
Steven Lucarelli   Moab, UT
Still only one fixed nut, there are good stances to place gear from though. Sep 21, 2009
Brian Weinstein
Brian Weinstein  
A bit too short for four stars but a nice line nonetheless. Start the crack from the ground (instead of high on the blocks) for full value. I found the crux after the first bolt. Apr 12, 2010

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