Adventure Projects is hiring a web engineer to join us in Boulder, CO
Mountain Project Logo

Routes in The Rectory

Book of Thunder T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
Coyote Calling T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Crack Wars T 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
East Face T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Empirical Route T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Find Shade T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Fine Jade T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Hail Mary T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
Ministry T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Off To See The Allah T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Sinners and Infidels T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
Unsorted Routes:
Order Wrong? Sort Routes
Elevation: 6,463 ft
GPS: 38.657, -109.368 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 51,685 total · 261/month
Shared By: Andrew Gram on Jun 20, 2002
Admins: slim, Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq
Getting weather forecast...
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


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.

11 Total Climbs

Route Finder - Best Climbs for YOU!

Location: The Rectory Change
Type:  to 
Sort by:   then:

Classic Climbing Routes at The Rectory

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Empirical Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Fine Jade
Trad 5 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Trad 5 pitches
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Crack Wars
Trad 4 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Find Shade
Trad 4 pitches
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Coyote Calling
Trad 4 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Empirical Route
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad 3 pitches
Fine Jade
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 5 pitches
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
Find Shade
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad 4 pitches
Coyote Calling
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad 4 pitches
More Classic Climbs in The Rectory »

Sun & Shade

Weather Averages

Days w Precip
Prime Climbing Season
Scott Krankkala
Flagstaff, AZ
Scott Krankkala   Flagstaff, AZ
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? Apr 7, 2010
Jay Eggleston
Jay Eggleston   Denver
The wood is from the filming of a music video. The group "Heaven" performed "Knockin' on heaven's Door". 1985. Apr 7, 2010
That is awsome! I rocked that song and movie as a kid! Now I have a theme song. Rectory radness! May 11, 2011
Alexander Nees
Grand Junction, CO
Alexander Nees   Grand Junction, CO
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. May 12, 2011
i heard Bon Jovi was pissed when he saw bolts up there. May 12, 2011
i heard a story about richie sambora and heather locklear on the summit.... May 13, 2011
b hof
Pueblo West, CO
b hof   Pueblo West, CO
Kurc 3/18/13 it was a huge bummer to see that you left your mark on the summit. Mar 22, 2013
Rosa Post
Durango CO
Rosa Post   Durango CO
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

Rosa Post Jan 30, 2014

More About The Rectory

What's New
Guidebooks (8)

All Photos Within The Rectory (92)

Most Popular · Newest · Random