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Abbaye d'Orval T,S 
Contortionist's Forte T,S 
Crack a Smile T,S 
Gravestone S 
Headstones S 
Hot Zone, The S 
Mausoleum, The S 
Natural Born Driller S 
Saint Sixtus Scoop S 
Spider Line S 
Throw Me A Scone T 

Contortionist's Forte 

YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

   
Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Lawrence Stuemke, '94
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Submitted By: Jesse Ryan on Jun 6, 2004

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Getting off the ground.

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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John T.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sam initiating the crux sequence on Contortionists...
Sam initiating the crux sequence on Contortionists...

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By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Nov 30, 2008
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

Short, but fun no less. Not a destination climb, but worth putting on your shoes for.