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Routes in The Priest

Excommunication T,S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Honeymoon Chimney T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
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Elevation: 6,307 ft
GPS: 38.659, -109.369 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Andrew Gram on Nov 29, 1999
Admins: slim, Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq
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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.

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Priest

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 136
Honeymoon Chimney
Trad 4 pitches
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 5
Excommunication
Trad, Sport 5 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Honeymoon Chimney
 136
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 4 pitches
Excommunication
 5
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Trad, Sport 5 pitches
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the priest is a hidden gemeasy wide stuff ans some aidable steming and you are in there Oct 11, 2004
Perin Blanchard
Orem, UT
Perin Blanchard   Orem, UT  
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. May 31, 2009

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