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Super Roof Area, Mountainaire 

Priest Draw 


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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 35.0816, -111.5995 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

The broad, shallow, and grassy limestone canyons that make up these areas are the true definition of idyllic on a perfect day. The limestone here is some of the best in the states, and features naturally smooth pockets on slabby terrain to dead horizontal sheets. It is these impossibly cantilevered roofs, and the plethora of perfect pockets, slopers, and pinches that have made Priest Draw a household name in the world wide bouldering community.

The area known simply as Priest Draw, is now actually several distinct draws and areas:

Priest Draw is the better known with timeless classics such as Anorexic, Floor Pie, Carnivore, The Receptionist and many, many more.

Howard Draw is a gentle version of it's more popular neighbor. While this area doesn't boast double digit grades, it does offer up a little more solitude, and classics such as Bad Ass Roof, and The Gomez Traverse.

Super Roof Area is part of Priest Draw, though the shortest access is through Mountainaire. Super Roof itself is a timeless moderate roof filled with awesome holds.

These areas were discovered/developed by the late Robert Drysdale, Ron Dawson, and friends. It was a pretty good day when they first decided to set brush to stone out there.


Getting There 

From Flagstaff, find your way to Lake Mary Road to the south of town. Drive southeast to road 132 on the south (right) side of the highway. This road is just a bit before the Lake Mary store, and is also a popular place for road bikers to park and gather.

Follow 132 for several miles passing homes and windy road. Just after the last gathering of houses, where the road makes a distinct left jog, continue straight ahead on bumpy road to the parking and camping areas. The main trail is obvious.


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Priest Draw:
Left Arete   V0 4     Boulder, 16'   Priest Draw : Welcome Boulder A.K.A. Tria...
The Fin   V1-2 5     Boulder, 12'   Priest Draw : The Bat Roof
The Coffin   V2-3 5+     Boulder, 10'   Priest Draw : Coffin Roof
The Bat Cave   V3+ 6A+     Boulder, 12'   Priest Draw : The Bat Roof
Tin Ho!   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   Priest Draw : Parking Area Bouldering
Thin Man   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Priest Draw : Monster Roof
The Whip and the Cross   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Priest Draw : Parking Area Bouldering
Bad Ass   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Howard Draw : Bad Ass Roof
Anorexic   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   Priest Draw : Anorexic Roof
Puffer Fish   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   Priest Draw : Puzzle Box
Twister   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Priest Draw : Floor Pie Roof / Flying Sau...
She Lives   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   Howard Draw : She Lives Roof
Move N' Groove Barbie   V7 7A+     Boulder   Priest Draw : Monster Roof
Floor Pie   V7 7A+     Boulder, 10'   Priest Draw : Floor Pie Roof / Flying Sau...
R God is Neither   V8 7B     Boulder, 12'   Priest Draw : Puzzle Box
Wifebeater   V8 7B     Boulder, 12'   Howard Draw : The Island
Carnivore   V8 7B     Boulder, 18'   Priest Draw : Anorexic Roof
Carnivore Direct   V9 7C     Boulder, 12'   Priest Draw : Anorexic Roof
The Receptionist   V10 7C+     Boulder, 20'   Priest Draw : Mars Roof
Cosmic Tricycle   V10 7C+     Boulder   Priest Draw : Puzzle Box
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Featured Route For Priest Draw
Dave Graham starting the Money Shot - 1999.

The Money Shot V3+ 6A+  AZ : Northern Arizona : ... : Parking Area Bouldering
Located on the left side of White Wall. Climb up vertical face to the break, then start busting out the roof via the left trending rail. A long pull from the rail to a sloping crimp starts the fear lurking inside. 20 feet up with a heal hook and the sloping crimp, find a decent pinch out left near the lip of the overhang. Keep a good heal as long as possible! Climb smart to the top. Classic Priest Draw movement at a committing height. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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