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The Priest Rock Climbing 


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Location: 38.6588, -109.3691 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: slim, Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Andrew Gram on Nov 30, 1999
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RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>

Description 

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.

Getting There 

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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Classic Climbing Routes in The Priest

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Priest:
Honeymoon Chimney   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 4 pitches   
Excommunication   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Trad, Sport, 5 pitches, 380'   
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Featured Route For The Priest
Rock Climbing Photo: The bolted arete of Excommunication.

Excommunication 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c  UT : Moab Area : ... : The Priest
This is the spectacular bolted route on the North Face of The Priest. It climbs unique calcite features similar to those on Holier Than Thou on The Nuns. Greg Child apparently bolted this route in September, 2002. He established the route "ground-up"—which I think is a bit misleading, because he basically made a bolt ladder out of it. True, it was ground up, but it was not free, nor was it bold. There are several holes in the rock with missing bol...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

Photos of The Priest Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Hiking with Lee Jensen to The Priest, May 2009.  P...
Hiking with Lee Jensen to The Priest, May 2009. P...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Priest and Sister Superior from the Base of Ca...
The Priest and Sister Superior from the Base of Ca...
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Rock Climbing Photo: View from the base of the Priest. Photo by Tony Bu...
View from the base of the Priest. Photo by Tony Bu...
Rock Climbing Photo: Stem move as seen from the top of P3
Stem move as seen from the top of P3
Rock Climbing Photo: Duncan Burke about to crux on The Priest.
Duncan Burke about to crux on The Priest.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Priest from the hike down from Castleton.
The Priest from the hike down from Castleton.
Rock Climbing Photo: Joseffa Meir raps down from the summit of 'The Pri...
Joseffa Meir raps down from the summit of 'The Pri...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Priest, The nuns, The Rectory, And Castleton T...
The Priest, The nuns, The Rectory, And Castleton T...
Rock Climbing Photo: East side of the Priest
East side of the Priest
Rock Climbing Photo: Priest, Nunns and Castelton.
Priest, Nunns and Castelton.

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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
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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.

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