Elevation: 6,463 ft
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Shared By: Andrew Gram on Jun 20, 2002 with updates from Joe Stern
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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 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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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
 4
Empirical Route
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 443
Fine Jade
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 14
Ministry
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5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 24
Crack Wars
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5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 7
Find Shade
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5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 24
Coyote Calling
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Empirical Route
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad 3 pitches
Fine Jade
 443
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 5 pitches
Ministry
 14
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 5 pitches
Crack Wars
 24
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 4 pitches
Find Shade
 7
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad 4 pitches
Coyote Calling
 24
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad 4 pitches
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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
Denver
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
grk10vq    
i heard Bon Jovi was pissed when he saw bolts up there. May 12, 2011
slim    
i heard a story about richie sambora and heather locklear on the summit.... May 13, 2011
b hof
Santa Clarita, CA
b hof   Santa Clarita, CA
Kurc 3/18/13 it was a huge bummer to see that you left your mark on the summit. Mar 22, 2013
This is information for people attempting to rig a high line between the Rectory and Castleton, based on an experience we had on Fine Jade, Nov 18 2018. We were one of 4 parties climbing the route, and talking with the others, we had consensus on the below points.

A combined French-Canadian-Czech team rigged the described line Nov 17 and kept it up for three days. Good for them, however: They chose to put there camp on top of the rectory, just above the ultra-classic, ultra-crowded route Fine Jade. I don't know the legality of this and I don't really care, but there a few things anyone fixing up to the rectory should consider:

1. Do not haul on Fine Jade, and do not haul in the path of climbers. My partner was nearly knocked off the crux splitter finger crack on pitch two by a haul bag. The hauling team continued to haul despite our best attempts to get them to stop, and bumped the leaders gear, the leader, and eventually even dropped the bag to avoid it hanging up on the ledge to climbers right of the crux, where it conveniently landed directly on me at the top of the pitch one belay. Luckily it only had trash in it. This seems pretty unacceptable. Additionally, this team was hauling from the step below the 5.11 sport finish, with ropes to the final bolted anchor above. This caused a total cluster of ropes and made finishing this pitch very complicated.

2. Do not fix ropes to the Fine Jade belays while people are climbing. Same as above, multiple people aiding through leaders ropes and into belay stations, necessitating people switching around and coming on and off of their anchors. This was heinous, as at two separate belays i had to deal with my partner leading while someone tried to pass me to the next section of fixed line. Not cool and potentially dangerous. This also makes building a climbing anchor more complicated.

3. There was a massive camp atop the Rectory, right over the lip. Maybe 20 people? They had firewood, tents, coolers, etc. I think camping up here would be very cool too. However, the team was very casual about their trash. I don't believe they knew (perhaps because they were international and not many spoke english) that they cannot discard banana peels, avocado skins, paper tea bags, random other "biodegradable" trash items on the ground in this area. I brought it up to the two people I could find who spoke english. The canadian man gave me a non-commital "They'll deal with it" or something like that, but the American woman with them was a local and seemed surpised that they had done this, promising to make sure they left the area clean. Hopefully that happened.

4. This one is a little insane, but at one point they began furiously constructing 6 foot streamers of orange tape and spacing them along the line. I guess they feared a plane would pass between the towers and be destroyed? They assured me they had the correct permits, but I don't know that they did, or if permits are required for this sort of thing, but this is a consideration.

5. A "drone Pilot" approached me in the parking lot asking if i had seem his lost drone. Though we weren't buzzed by drones while climbing, i don't doubt that they were around and maybe others werent so lucky. Please remember that some people may only get to climb one of these routes once, and a drone constantly swooping around could seriously kill some of the stoke.

6. If you are going to do all of this anyways and ruin someones day, DO allow people to rappel your fixed line. The party hesitated on allowing us to rap the line, but finally someone kind of took charge and allowed us to descend on it. If you're going to get in the way, at least let people use your fixed line to get out of your huge cluster. Nov 27, 2018