The Vestibule Rock Climbing
Walk through corridor from The Vestibule, to the V...
The Vestibule is the spectacular corridor leading through the major towers of the Monastery. Here you'll find alternately steep slabs on the southeast (right) side of the corridor and vertical to steeper rock on the northwest facing (left) side of the corridor. Routes that can be described in the Vestibule include those in the corridor proper and in the side corridors (the Balcony, Hallowed Hall and Inner Sanctum). Besides the amazing views across the valley and mountains with Longs rising above it all you'll have classics like Tabula Rasa (5.10c), Stolen Land (5.11c), Psychatomic (5.12d), 911 (5.11c/d), and Suspended Animation (5.11a) waiting for the send. The routes in the main corridor can be much different than the Needle's like affairs the Monastery normally offers, instead crisp edges and holds on a finer grained rock for a great change of pace.
From the end of the approach trail at the Guardian (two steep bolted lines here) continue straight into the opening of the corridor, passing a log on the left. Shortly you will be dropping down in elevation with views of Longs (on a good day) before you and routes to either side. It is possible to reach the outer gates through the last two southeast corridors (Hallowed Hall and Inner Sanctum) and not without serious scrambling through the first two minor corridors or the third (the Balcony). Exit the Vestibule to the northwest to reach the Catacombs or the next section of rocks, the Lion's Den.
Due to the nature of the Vestibule, routes are listed in the "L to R" list in approximate order as you would approach from North to South (or from the top of the hill towards the bottom). There are routes on both sides of the various corridors, so a given route on the East wall may be listed as "right" of a route on the West wall, if that route is the next line approached when heading down hill.
Weather station 8.1 miles from here
34 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Vestibule
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Vestibule:
Wes Bound 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Inner Peace 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Tabula Rasa 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch
Grand Cru 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Aurora 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 30'
Featured Route For The Vestibule
Tabula Rasa 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Colorado
: Estes Park Valley
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Photogenic and amazing. Climbs the left side of the Altar, a clean detached spire of rock halfway down the right side of the Vestibule. Perfect photo op, have a friend hike back up the Vestibule and snap profile pics with Long's in the background. The climb is nicer than the view. It is thin, balancy and continous. Thank you Lawrence....[more] Browse More Classics in Colorado
May 28, 2007
The vestibule is not a good place to bring dogs. However, if you must, hike in from the bottom; the top passes over a number of large steps that are too steep for the canines. Beware: the whole area is full of lose shale.
By matthew kerr
Sep 14, 2009
The 10c to the right of Alter Boy (not sure what it is called) could use some quick links installed (I did not have any on me). As of July it was a mess of sun bleached cord and webbing, that would be easiest to cut off. Hopefully whoever cleans it up gets the newish Petzel D biner I left at the top!