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The Catacomb

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L to R R to L Alpha
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 

The Catacomb Rock Climbing 


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Location: 40.45337, -105.3695 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

The Catacomb, like its parallel neighbor The Vestibule, is a passageway, an alley of sorts, between the amazing rock formations of the Monastery. Unlike its neighbor, the Catacomb has a wider, open feel. A central path winds its way down the surreal forest with the Boneyard, a spaceship landed in the forest, as its left margin, and the more Needles-like Sepulcher formation forming its right margin.

Getting There 

The Catacomb is easily found when arriving to the Monastery by turning right and uphill just before the Guardian on the main path. This right turn is after the left-hand downhill turn that leads to the Outer Gates. Once surmounting a highpoint, the trail descends into the gap made by the Boneyard rock formation on the left and The Sepulcher formation on the right.

One can also access the Catacomb from below, following a path that originates from the Outer Gates, climbs past the Vestibule corridor and the Boneyard formation. The trail then ascends into the Catacomb.

Route Order 

Routes here are ordered in L to R fashion as one would approach heading down the hill along the Boneyard cliff, then moving west, and climbing back up the hill along the Sepulcher.

Climbing Season



Weather station 8.1 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',3],['5.9',1],['5.10',3],['5.11',3],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Catacomb

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Catacomb:
The Mausoleum   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport   
The Hot Zone   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Abbaye d'Orval   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Contortionist's Forte   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Natural Born Driller   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Crack a Smile   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For The Catacomb
Rock Climbing Photo: Midway up Crack a Smile.

Crack a Smile 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : The Catacomb
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...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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