The Monastery Highline, discovered by Scott on Google Earth, and established by Dylan in November, 2006 is a classic shortline above the beautifully located Big Thompson Canyon. Currently there is an established 30′ line above the vestibule climbing area.
Directions: From Loveland, CO take US-34 West up into big Thompson Canyon. After a little more than 15 miles, you will reach the town of Drake. From Drake, set your odometer. Turn right onto county road 43 just past the restaurant to the right. After 0.3 miles turn right onto CO 128 (Storm Mt Rd) and this will take you to Combat Rock after 1 mile. After some steep switchbacks, continue on 128 to a T-intersection at 2.5 miles - go left. At the Y-intersection go left again and stay on 128 until the odometer reads about 5.1 miles. You should see a small camping area to the left. Park here. The trailhead is another 50 yards up the road at the switchback. It is not marked, so keep an eye out for it. The parking area is 2wd accessible.
Approach: The Approach is long and arduous. Make sure to bring everything on the first trip because the hike is uphill both ways… The trail starts out going downward deep into a ravine. Cross the small creek and continue back up the ravine on the other side. The trail is very eroded in places so be careful not to lose your footing. After the first steep sections there is about a half mile of moderately constant elevation. The trail takes you directly into the vestibule and the line is then directly above you. For reference, it took us about 30 minutes to hike, in each direction, will all of the gear.
Rigging: On the west side of the line, you can sling two very large boulders, and can put in some larger pieces of protection (3-5 inches). On the east side, there is a large outcropping that you can sling, and there are two backup bolts approximately 70 feet back. It is easiest to tension on the east side. Make sure you back everything up, there may be the necessity to bolt this area in the future as the natural protection is scant, although bomber.
Monastery Line - 30 feet long, 120 feet high (700 feet above the valley floor)
First Walk - Dylan Buffington, November 2006
Repeated by: Scott Rogers, Said Parirokh, Dylan Buffington, June 2007
By Robin Avery
In early November the Varsity Outdoor Club (VOC) at the University of
British Columbia, where I attend, organizes a climbing trip to Smith
Rock in Oregon. Smith Rock is one of those epic places you have to
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Catalystic Productions long anticipated new realease “About Time” featuring Shaun Cordes and Andy Lewis tearing it up in the red wood curtain of Northern CA.