BETA PHOTO: Priest and Rectory
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The Priest is the free standing tower next to the Rectory on the side opposite from Castleton. From many perspectives, its odd geometry certainly looks like a priest, and you may wish you have one present if you aren't solid on offwidths. This is my favorite tower in Castle Valley, and the summit is absolutely spectacular.
Honeymoon Chimney is the route to do, and a great alternative if Castleton is crowded. The bottom part stays in the shade, so make sure you do this on a warm day.
Hike up the Castleton trail, but instead of going up traverse along the very cool narrow ridge to the base of the Rectory. Walk along the base of the Rectory on its left side to the base of the Priest.
Climbing Season For the Castle Valley area.
Weather station 1.7 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
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Honeymoon Chimney 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c UT
: Moab Area
: ... : The Priest
If you are as fortunate as I was, this route begins at Lumpy Ridge near Estes Park, Colorado. Here, you can bury a nice granite sample in the rope at the bottom of your partner's pack, which can be hauled up to the base of The Priest the following weekend.P1: This is the most serious and rewarding pitch on the route. Squirm your way up the fatter-than-fat dihedral. The amount of squeezing you can do is inversely proportional to your size. The crux has a 1/4" bolt nearb...[more] Browse More Classics in UT
Latest Regional Forum Messages
By Anonymous Coward
Oct 11, 2004
the priest is a hidden gemeasy wide stuff ans some aidable steming and you are in there
By Perin Blanchard
From: Orem, UT
May 31, 2009
As of 30 May 2009 (and for four or five years prior) the summit register notebook is full (it was placed in 1984). We left a couple of pages (the back of a topo), but if you're heading up there bring a new notebook to place alongside the original.