Elevation: 2,000 ft
GPS: 33.515, -111.962 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Orphaned on Mar 13, 2006
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

Description

The Praying Monk has probably been climbed by more Phoenix beginners than any other formation in central Arizona, although the advent of gyms and sport climbing has lessened this absolute somewhat over the last ten years. The East Face route, first climbed in 1951 by Phoenix pioneer climber and ex-mayor, Gary Driggs, is the usual route of ascent.

If you wonder how the Monk got it's name, climb it late some sunny afternoon, and look down to the east to see the "praying monks" shadow.

Getting There

This squat tower of petrified mud perches quite obviously on a northern shoulder of Camelback Mountain to the east of the Echo Canyon parking lot. Take the standard hiking trail up to the Headwall, then you'll have to ascend one of the Headwall routes to get up onto the plateau where the Monk resides.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Praying Monk

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a C1
 4
Monk's Chin
Trad, Aid
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 139
East Face
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Monk's Chin
 4
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a C1 Trad, Aid
East Face
 139
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
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