Mountain Project Logo

Routes in 2.6 Miles - Prayer Stick

Magic Man T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Type: Trad, 240 ft, 4 pitches, Grade II
FA: Mike Baker, Leslie Henderson (3/97)
Page Views: 1,482 total, 15/month
Shared By: A. Roberts on Feb 2, 2010
Admins: slim, Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

You & This Route

7 Opinions

Your To-Do List:

Add To-Do

Your Star Rating:

     Clear Rating

Your Difficulty Rating:

-none- Change

Your Ticks:

Add New Tick
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


P1. Begin with a short approach pitch up a loose right facing corner to a double bolt belay. (5.7 30')
P2. Climb up the wide corner, lieback where it gets too wide (10+ at least), or yard on an old #5 camalot, passing two bolts to a natural belay at a stance. (100')
P3. Continue up the corner passing a bolt (5.9) and pass a roof to the right (5.8) end in a cave that goes all the way through the pillar. Cool belay with views out both sides. (50')(pitches 3 & 4 can be combined)
P4. Head out of the cave continuing up the right side, angling up and left to a double bolt belay.(5.8, 35') Then scramble 25' to the summit.


Magic Man climbs the right side of the pillar. To get off, down climb back to the top anchors (25') and rap the route using two ropes.


Double set of Camalots up to #5, with extra #3's, and #4's. I'm sure a larger cam would come in handy also, I just didn't own one at the time. Set of nuts, 1 set of small metolious or aliens.


Bill Lundeen
Lee Vining, CA
Bill Lundeen   Lee Vining, CA
The left side of the Prayer Stick is "Personal Reality", a 3 pitch 5.9 ** also put up by Mike Baker (now deceased) in 1998. See Eric Bjornstad (also departed) Desert Rock series Vol.IV p.343. Oct 15, 2017
This is a pretty fun climb. The start of the third pitch through interesting blocks and a roof is also pretty cool.

Does anyone know what the route on the other (left/north) side of the pillar is? Jul 29, 2017
Trevor Bowman
Sheridan, WY
Trevor Bowman   Sheridan, WY
While this climb is on a cool feature in a great setting, I thought that only the crux pitch was high quality, with the others being on primarily crunchy rock or moving around blocky terrain and pretty forgettable. That said, the crux pitch was beautiful and burly! I wouldn't hesitate to call it a sandbag, and I rather enjoy wide cracks. The bulk of the first 1/2 hovers between baggy #3 and #4 BD; despite my best efforts to squeeze up the layback part, I had to commit to the layback, but the edge was good as were the bolts (oh, and this is way too wide for the #6 so aiding or intermediate pro isn't an option). Triple #3-#4 BD, 2 #5 BD, and 1 #6 friend below the first bolt worked great.
Thanks Scott for the new bolt up top, we replaced the webbing. One double-rope rap put us on the ground with a clean rope pull (we had 70s, but looked like 60s would work fine). Mar 23, 2014
Cañon City, CO
S.Mckinna   Cañon City, CO
Although the cave belay is cool, we combined pitches 3 and 4. Use some long runners and you won't feel the drag! We also added a third bolt to the last belay/rap station in 2009. Feb 8, 2011