Climbing The Monastery

The monastery is located up past the small town of Drake sort of above the Big Thompson Canyon close to Estes Park. Climbing at The Monastery is on beautiful igneous schist and gneiss that shimmers golden and grey hues in the sun. It is steep and edgy on some sides and slabby on others and there is great friction. A summer climbing destination as it is located at 8,000+ feet and can get cold on a cloudy day, or snowed in in mid-winter. Many of the dozen or so crags have excellent South faces however, that remain dry for a large part of the year. Most the routes were established by Tommy Caldwell, one of the worlds best climbers, so you can expect some long hard routes.

The views of snow capped peaks and distant mountains are beautiful and the wildflowers are stunning, the hike is rather long and ends up being uphill both ways as the terrain is rolling to get there and back. The routes are magnificent and the whole outing makes for a great long day.

Popular routes at The Monastery

Solemnity 5.10a Located on the Outer Gates formation. Long, shares an anchor with Inner peace

Inner Peace 5.10b Located on the Outer Gates formation. Long, fun moves

Tabula Rosa 5.10c Located on the Vestibule formation - nice thin moves, balancey and sustained.

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