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YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: ClimbandMine on Aug 3, 2002

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BETA PHOTO: Far right side of the Sepulcher.


This is the furthest right route on the Sepulcher, up the hill from Gravestone. 6 bolts ascend the entire formation - the first four climb a steep face, which then leans back into juggy slab. The anchors are over the edge and behind a block - bring up your second, rappel, and have fun pulling your rope. Good route, otherwise though.


6 bolts

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By Frances Fierst
Jul 25, 2003

This is a great climb that finishes on the summit. More amazing views!!! However, the slabby finish makes for a strenuous rope pull. You can bring people up this climb, but there is no chance that you will top rope this one.
By Nate Oakes
May 30, 2006
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I recommend bringing up a couple of 10' slings for the anchor. It's set so far back from the face that it will shred your rope if you don't. I placed a t-shirt under the most prominent corner at the top, and it ripped several holes through the shirt. Very slabby, lots of sharp conglomerate rock (would expect nothing less at The Monastery) so there are tons of options throughout. The toughest section for me seemed to lie between bolts 2 and 3. All in all, not that memorable of a climb. Hit up Gravestone and Mausoleum, the two routes to the left of this one.
By Nat T.
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jun 18, 2012

I second what Nate said; this route would be good if the anchors were not set so far back. Did this route as a warm up and found the routes to the left (Mausoleum) to be much better. Although the view is good, it took a gargantuan effort to pull the rope through the anchors after the rappel. Sharp edges and severe rope drag don't mix, be careful!
By Bruce Hildenbrand
Oct 13, 2015

Dale Haas and I replaced the cold shut hangers on the bolts with Fixe SS hangers. We put SS quicklinks and SS rings on the hangers for rappel. The hardware for this work was provided by the American Safe Climbing Association ( They appreciate your support.
By Bruce Hildenbrand
Aug 21, 2016

Dale Haas and I added a more user-friendly anchor to this route. No more need for long slings on TR or blowing a biceps tendon pulling your rope after rappelling.

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