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The Convent Rock Climbing 


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Description 

The northernmost member of the set of spires that runs south past Sister Superior and the Rectory to Castleton. This massive mesa, bigger than the Rectory, hosts a handful of seldom climbed, adventurous routes and a beautiful, pristine summit. As of this writing, all known routes are on its west face. As far as routes go, The Value of Audacity is reputed to be the hardest and best, Hallelujah Chimney (1970's 5.10) sports a 100' fist crack and a 200' chimney while Renate Goes to 11 is characterized by moderate, occasionally interesting climbing on rock that is loose more often than not.


Getting There 

Approach: drive up the dirt road as for Sister Superior and park along the road when below Hallelujah Chimney (you'll have just passed the North end of Parriot mesa and Crooked Arrow Spire on your right) then follow talus steeply upwards for 1100' and about 45 minutes.

There are rappel anchors on Hallelujah Chimney: 100', 190', 120'.

Climbing Season

For the Castle Valley area.

Weather station 2.6 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',4],['5.11',2],['5.12',2],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Convent

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Convent:
The Value of Audacity   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 450'   
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Choir Boyz 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  UT : Moab Area : ... : The Convent
This route is Awesome! As of now I do no know the FA, FFA or year it was established so let me know if you have more information. We could not find information online or in any books about this climb.We climbed this route twice fall of 2016. All anchors are bolted well with good enough tat. This line is beautiful corner and is immediately above you when you hike up to the convent. We linked pitches and did it in 3. 1 and 2 link well, the rest have decent drag.Pitch 1: 5.12-, Crux off the deck. S...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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Rock Climbing Photo: The Convent mesa, as seen from the SW.
The Convent mesa, as seen from the SW.
Rock Climbing Photo: Best approach Gully
Best approach Gully

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By david goldstein
Apr 29, 2003
Hallelujah Chimney is more commonly known as Salvation Chimney. It's the Harvey Carter route from the 60's.
By chris Kalous
Feb 25, 2008
Salvation Chimney: in the mid 90s, I tried this rig as the end of an enchainment of the ridge. On the first pitch, I was pulling out ring angles with my fingers. We bailed off of the second pitch- deciding that this absolutely horrible climb was ruining a day of otherwise amazing climbing. The chimney was caked with filth. One of the worst routes I've "almost" climbed in the desert.
By Scott McLeod
May 27, 2011
Decent off of the convent:
From the highest point on the NORTH end of the Convent, walk South (towards Castleton) down the hill for about 50 yds. and look for a cairn below a mushroom roof. From the cairn you will see a distinct ledge and a new and improved rap down Choir Boyz. One 70 gets you down. IMPORTANT - stick to the corner when arriving at last rap station, otherwise it is easy to find yourself swinging in the breeze.