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Super Roof Area, Mountainaire 

Priest Draw Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 35.0816, -111.5995 View Map  Incorrect?
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Robert Drysdale spotting Dave Gershwin on the FA o...


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.

Rock Climbing Photo: Kerry sending The Receptionist
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.

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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.

Rock Climbing Photo: Robert Drysdale spotting Dave Gershwin on the FA o...
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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.5 miles from here

92 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',12],['3 Stars',46],['2 Stars',30],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Priest Draw

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Priest Draw:
Left Arete   V0 4     Boulder, 16'   Priest Draw : Welcome Boulder A.K.A. Tria...
The Fin   V1-2 5     Boulder, 12'   Priest Draw : The Bat Roof
Dishwasher   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   Priest Draw : Parking Area Bouldering
The Coffin   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   Priest Draw : Coffin Roof
The Bat Cave   V3+ 6A+     Boulder, 12'   Priest Draw : The Bat Roof
The Whip and the Cross   V4-5 6B+     Boulder, 12'   Priest Draw : Parking Area Bouldering
Bad Ass   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Howard Draw : Bad Ass Roof
The Loaf   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Priest Draw : Monster Roof
The Hermit   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Priest Draw : Puzzle Box
Thin Man   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Priest Draw : Monster Roof
Puffer Fish   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   Priest Draw : Puzzle Box
She Lives   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   Howard Draw : She Lives Roof
Anorexic Sacrifice    V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   Priest Draw : Anorexic Roof
Twister   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Priest Draw : Floor Pie Roof / Flying Sau...
Floor Pie   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   Priest Draw : Floor Pie Roof / Flying Sau...
Move N' Groove Barbie   V7 7A+     Boulder   Priest Draw : Monster Roof
Carnivore   V8 7B     Boulder, 18'   Priest Draw : Anorexic Roof
Carnivore Direct   V9 7C     Boulder, 12'   Priest Draw : Anorexic Roof
Cosmic Tricycle   V9-10 7C+     Boulder   Priest Draw : Puzzle Box
The Receptionist   V10 7C+     Boulder, 20'   Priest Draw : Mars Roof
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Rock Climbing Photo: Lauren on Super Roof

Super Roof V5 6C  Arizona : Northern Arizona : ... : Super Roof Area, Mountainai...
A long sustained problem with no distinct crux, like a longer, harder, and lower version of the Bat Roof. Start under the right side of the roof at good holds. Climb up into the roof and follow the obvious holds left for about 20' to the topout on the left side of the boulder....[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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By caesar.salad
From: earth
Sep 14, 2017
This is THE MOST UNIQUE bouldering area I have ever been to. Despite it's small size, I stayed for 3 weeks and loved every moment of it. I will definitely return.

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