Historical photo: Dano on the now closed to climbi...
The Praying Monk has probably been climbed by more Phoenix beginners than any other formation in central Arizona, although the advent of gyms and sport climbing has lessened this absolute somewhat over the last ten years. The East Face route, first climbed in 1951 by Phoenix pioneer climber and ex-mayor, Gary Driggs, is the usual route of ascent.
If you wonder how the Monk got it's name, climb it late some sunny afternoon, and look down to the east to see the "praying monks" shadow.
This squat tower of petrified mud perches quite obviously on a northern shoulder of Camelback Mountain to the east of the Echo Canyon parking lot. Take the standard hiking trail up to the Headwall, then you'll have to ascend one of the Headwall routes to get up onto the plateau where the Monk resides.
Weather station 1.5 miles from here
2 Total Routes
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East Face 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
PG13 Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
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Sneaky night climbing In 70`s Knowles and Richard ...
Richard warming up the Royal Robbins boots before ...
Praying Monk from the South Side
BETA PHOTO: big free rappel off of the south side of the monk
Rich hanging around between 1/4" bolt drillin...
Just after the 3rd bolt - moving my way up
Richard following Dano up Forrest Roof about 1980....
Martine on the east face of The Praying Monk
This is on a 10b left of the rap. It's a nice rout...
By Jason Shatek
Mar 20, 2006
Went up this one last Friday. Found it easy for 5.6. The bolts are well placed and the holds are very positive. High exposure and a great view makes this climb worthwhile.
By allen simons
May 17, 2006
I have climbed this route many times over the years, a fun classic with lots of exposure.
By Brandon Bogardus
From: Scottsdale, AZ
Feb 3, 2007
This was the first climb I ever did (other than the headwall, which my friend made me solo on my first time climbing). It used to have 3-4 manky bolts in the late eighties/early nineties (which I'm sure Greg Opland can attest to), and the free rappel is always fun to bring the first-timers on. If you want, there is a cave on the back (north) side of the monk's head that you can hang out in - which I did many times as a kid. Bring a beginner up here and they will be hooked.
From: Mesa AZ
Jun 13, 2008
Anytime someone wants to climb this real quick - Im game. I work right there and can be there by 3 ... plenty of enough time to get up and down...and the walk down is usually a site cooler than the start...Hit me