Elevation: 6,834 ft
GPS: 35.082, -111.6 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Colin Cox on Apr 9, 2011
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

Description

The broad, shallow, and grassy limestone canyons that make up these areas are the true definition of idyllic on a perfect day. The limestone here is some of the best in the states, and features naturally smooth pockets on slabby terrain to dead horizontal sheets. It is these impossibly cantilevered roofs, and the plethora of perfect pockets, slopers, and pinches that have made Priest Draw a household name in the world wide bouldering community.

The area known simply as Priest Draw, is actually several distinct draws and areas:

Priest Draw is the better known with timeless classics such as Anorexic, Floor Pie, Carnivore, The Receptionist and many, many more.

Kerry sending The Receptionist

Howard Draw is a gentle version of it's more popular neighbor. While this area doesn't boast double digit grades, it does offer up a little more solitude, and classics such as Bad Ass Roof, and The Gomez Traverse.

Super Roof Area is part of Priest Draw, though the shortest access is through Mountainaire. Super Roof itself is a timeless moderate roof filled with awesome holds.

Robert Drysdale spotting Dave Gershwin on the FA of Down With The Bass in 1991/1992.

These areas were first discovered and developed by the late Robert Drysdale, Ron Dawson, Dave Gershwin, and friends back in the very early 90's. It was a pretty good day when they first decided to set brush to stone out there. Since their time, dozens and dozens of test pieces have arisen.

Getting There

From Flagstaff, find your way to Lake Mary Road to the south of town. Drive southeast to road 132 on the south (right) side of the highway. This road is just a bit before the Lake Mary store, and is also a popular place for road bikers to park and gather.

Follow 132 for several miles passing homes and windy road. Just after the last gathering of houses, where the road makes a distinct left jog, continue straight ahead on bumpy road to the parking and camping areas. The main trail is obvious.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Priest Draw Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4
 84
Left Arete
Boulder
V1-2 5
 164
The Fin
Boulder
V3 6A
 80
The Coffin
Boulder
V3+ 6A+
 175
The Bat Cave
Boulder
V4-5 6B+
 54
The Whip and the Cross
Boulder
V5 6C
 46
Thin Man
Boulder
V5 6C
 62
Bad Ass
Boulder
V5 6C
 37
The Loaf
Boulder
V6 7A
 76
Anorexic Sacrifice
Boulder
V6 7A
 23
Floor Pie
Boulder
V6 7A
 58
Puffer Fish
Boulder
V7 7A+
 41
Move N' Groove Barbie
Boulder
V8 7B
 23
Carnivore
Boulder
V9 7C
 23
Carnivore Direct
Boulder
V10 7C+
 17
The Receptionist
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Left Arete Priest Draw > Welcome Boulder (aka…
 84
V0 4 Boulder
The Fin Priest Draw > Bat Roof
 164
V1-2 5 Boulder
The Coffin Priest Draw > Coffin Roof
 80
V3 6A Boulder
The Bat Cave Priest Draw > Bat Roof
 175
V3+ 6A+ Boulder
The Whip and the Cross Priest Draw > Parking Area Bouldering
 54
V4-5 6B+ Boulder
Thin Man Priest Draw > Monster Roof
 46
V5 6C Boulder
Bad Ass Howard Draw > Bad Ass Roof
 62
V5 6C Boulder
The Loaf Priest Draw > Monster Roof
 37
V5 6C Boulder
Anorexic Sacrifice Priest Draw > Anorexic Roof
 76
V6 7A Boulder
Floor Pie Priest Draw > Floor Pie Roof / Flyi…
 23
V6 7A Boulder
Puffer Fish Priest Draw > Puzzle Box
 58
V6 7A Boulder
Move N' Groove Barbie Priest Draw > Monster Roof
 41
V7 7A+ Boulder
Carnivore Priest Draw > Anorexic Roof
 23
V8 7B Boulder
Carnivore Direct Priest Draw > Anorexic Roof
 23
V9 7C Boulder
The Receptionist Priest Draw > Mars Roof
 17
V10 7C+ Boulder
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