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.
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.
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SouthEast Corner 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
East Face 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
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SouthEast Corner 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b AZ : Central Arizona : ... : The Praying Monk
This route is on the corner of the Praying Monk. The start is shared with the East Face but continues up the arete. For the East Face you just clip the right bolt and step to the right. The SE corner you clip the left bolt and go straight up....[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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