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, GRK, DCrane
Access Issue: RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek Details

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Priest

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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 161
Honeymoon Chimney
Trad 4 pitches
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 3
Late for Prom
Trad
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 8
Excommunication
Trad, Sport 5 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Honeymoon Chimney
 161
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 4 pitches
Late for Prom
 3
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
Excommunication
 8
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Trad, Sport 5 pitches
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