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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, 50 ft
FA: Chris Weidner, Kelli Rayburn
Page Views: 717 total · 4/month
Shared By: Chris Weidner on Sep 5, 2004
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Located on the west face of The Catacomb (aka Boneyard according to the topo), "Throw Me A Scone" climbs a prominent crack to the left of the bolted route "Natural Born Driller". On p. 178 of Gillett's guidebook to the Estes Park Valley, it is the 'possible crack climb' noted on the topo. Since a rack is rarely carried into the Monastery it seems likely that the route has remained unclimbed, however, it is well worth doing. Begin this route with overhanging thin cracks (harder than it looks) which provide the tasty crux. Soon, enter and struggle up a wide flare, then mantel onto a ledge with a small bush at 30 feet. Continue straight up (10a), and where the crack arches left and turns into a seam, traverse 10 feet right on a ledge and belay at two bolts -- 50 feet. Down and to the right of these bolts is another two-bolt anchor equipped for rappeling. Make one 60-foot rap to the ground.


Full set of nuts. Cams: #1 TCU - #3 Camalot, 2ea. #1 and 2 Camalots.


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