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The Rectory 

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The Rectory is the mesa in between Castleton Tower and the Priest. There are several very classic free climbs here that are among the most popular in the Castle Valley area. A good hardman linkup is to do a route on Castleton, the Rectory, and the Priest in a day - though that sounds pretty brutal to me.

Getting There 

Hike up the Castleton trail to near the top of the talus cone. A trail continues across the ridgeline to the base of the Rectory. Fine Jade will be staring you in the face as you walk across the ridgeline.

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['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Rectory:
Ministry   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 5 pitches, 400'   
Fine Jade   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 5 pitches   
Crack Wars   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
Coyote Calling   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 4 pitches, 350'   
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Ham or cheese?  5.7 traverse is fun.  If you belay at the level of the traverse, a #4 Camalot is best for a safe belay before you traverse.

Fine Jade 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  UT : Moab Area : ... : The Rectory
This is a classic desert line to the top of the rectory. Some great varied crack climbing. This is a must do desert climb. To reach, hike up the trail to the base of Castleton and then traverse North on the ridge for a couple hundred yards to reach the base of the rectory. The route climbs the crack system on the Southern prow of the rectory facing Castleton Tower.P1- Climb a fist crack past a pod and make a difficult thin hands move right. Climb up to a ledge with anchors, pass them and co...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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The Rectory as seen from the north face of Castleton
The Rectory as seen from the north face of Castlet...
As seen from the north face of Castleton
As seen from the north face of Castleton
The Rectory
The Rectory
6 <a href='/v/fine-jade/105717322'>Fine Jade</a>
BETA PHOTO: 6 Fine Jade
Approaching Fine Jade.
Approaching Fine Jade.
Rectory from the approach trail
Rectory from the approach trail
evening light on the Rectory
evening light on the Rectory
The Priest, The Nuns, and The Rectory. 11/7/10
The Priest, The Nuns, and The Rectory. 11/7/10
The ridge from Castleton North Face to The Rectory and a precarious staging area for Chuck.
The ridge from Castleton North Face to The Rectory...
Rectory from Castleton
Rectory from Castleton
The Rectory and Castleton late in the day
The Rectory and Castleton late in the day
The Rectory
The Rectory
Party on the Jade
Party on the Jade
on our way over to the Rectory
on our way over to the Rectory
View south from the summit with some friends.
View south from the summit with some friends.
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By Scott Krankkala
Apr 7, 2010

Does anybody know why there is lumber on top of the rectory. While on top we found a 4ft 4x4 and some other smaller pieces. I know that the lumber on top of Castleton was the result of a car commercial does anybody know why there is similar stuff on top of the Rectory?

By Jay Eggleston
From: Littleton
Apr 7, 2010

The wood is from the filming of a music video. The group "Heaven" performed "Knockin' on heaven's Door". 1985.

By Brad Brandewie
Apr 7, 2010

By Anthony Everhart
May 11, 2011

That is awsome! I rocked that song and movie as a kid! Now I have a theme song. Rectory radness!

By Alexander Nees
From: Grand Junction, CO
May 12, 2011

That's horrifying. Those butte and mesa tops are some of the last examples of relatively unimpacted, ungrazed desert vegetation available for study. It's crucial that we know what the environment is capable of becoming if we're going to make decisions about what we want to manage it to be. Doing a large-scale construction project up there basically destroys that opportunity. Yeah, yeah, climbers go up there all the time, it's not remote, etc etc. What can I say? One, I'm a climber and I like climbing things, but I'm not a Bon Jovi fan, so climbing takes preference in my selfish world. Two, climbers are mostly topping out, sitting on the rim for a few minutes, and then rapping down. I can't imagine the disruption to the vegetation and soil caused by filming that video. AND they didn't clean it up. BARF. The car commercial on Castleton was from like the late 50s/early 60s. By 1985 we knew better.

By Jeremy Aslaksen
From: Albuquerque, NM
May 12, 2011

Quit your whining.

It's Bon Jovi.

By grk10vq
May 12, 2011

i heard Bon Jovi was pissed when he saw bolts up there.

By slim
May 13, 2011

i heard a story about richie sambora and heather locklear on the summit....

By b hof
From: Pueblo West, CO
Mar 22, 2013

Kurc 3/18/13 it was a huge bummer to see that you left your mark on the summit.

By Rosa Post
From: Durango CO
Jan 30, 2014

To all climbers!

I'm posting to inform all that there will be a large party on Fine Jade from Friday, May 2 through Sunday, May 4 2014. We will be fixing lines for a parapalegic climber to ascend the route on the night of the 2nd and will be climbing the day of the 3rd and descending the route all day on the 4th. There will be upwards of 20 people in and around the base of the climb hauling supplies on the day of the 2nd and around six individuals ascending the route that day. I am writing to give fair warning to other climbing parties that it will be very crowded and to advise them to climb another route for they're convenience and safety. If you are in any way interested in supporting this project or have any questions feel free to email me at rosabrooklyn281@gmail.com.

Rosa Post