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The Praying Monk

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The Praying Monk Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 2,000'
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Submitted By: Orphaned on Mar 13, 2006
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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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3 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in The Praying Monk

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Praying Monk:
East Face   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
SouthEast Corner   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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SouthEast Corner 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  AZ : Central Arizona : ... : The Praying Monk
This route is on the corner of the Praying Monk. The start is shared with the East Face but continues up the arete. For the East Face you just clip the right bolt and step to the right. The SE corner you clip the left bolt and go straight up....[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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Rock Climbing Photo: Historical photo: Dano on the now closed to climbi...
Historical photo: Dano on the now closed to climbi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Richard warming up the Royal Robbins boots before ...
Richard warming up the Royal Robbins boots before ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Distant picture of The Praying Monk from North 44t...
BETA PHOTO: Distant picture of The Praying Monk from North 44t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dan Knowles after the first ascent of the Monks Ch...
Dan Knowles after the first ascent of the Monks Ch...
Rock Climbing Photo: Richard following Dano up Forrest Roof about 1980....
Richard following Dano up Forrest Roof about 1980....
Rock Climbing Photo: Rich hanging around between 1/4" bolt drillin...
Rich hanging around between 1/4" bolt drillin...
Rock Climbing Photo: This is on a 10b left of the rap. It's a nice rout...
This is on a 10b left of the rap. It's a nice rout...
Rock Climbing Photo: Just after the 3rd bolt - moving my way up
Just after the 3rd bolt - moving my way up
Rock Climbing Photo: big free rappel off of the south side of the monk
BETA PHOTO: big free rappel off of the south side of the monk
Rock Climbing Photo: Praying Monk from the South Side
Praying Monk from the South Side
Rock Climbing Photo: Martine on the east face of The Praying Monk
Martine on the east face of The Praying Monk

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By Jason Shatek
Mar 20, 2006
Went up this one last Friday. Found it easy for 5.6. The bolts are well placed and the holds are very positive. High exposure and a great view makes this climb worthwhile.
By allen simons
May 17, 2006
I have climbed this route many times over the years, a fun classic with lots of exposure.
By Brandon Bogardus
From: Scottsdale, AZ
Feb 3, 2007
This was the first climb I ever did (other than the headwall, which my friend made me solo on my first time climbing). It used to have 3-4 manky bolts in the late eighties/early nineties (which I'm sure Greg Opland can attest to), and the free rappel is always fun to bring the first-timers on. If you want, there is a cave on the back (north) side of the monk's head that you can hang out in - which I did many times as a kid. Bring a beginner up here and they will be hooked.
By ClimbPHX.com
From: Mesa AZ
Jun 13, 2008
Anytime someone wants to climb this real quick - Im game. I work right there and can be there by 3 ... plenty of enough time to get up and down...and the walk down is usually a site cooler than the start...Hit me
By dahigdon
From: phoenix, Az
Mar 24, 2016
Seems like there are a few more routes on the monk than just the 3 that are listed on this site? Anyone have any info as to why that is? some of the bolts looked pretty damn old... there are quite a few scattered on the south face from what i could see.
By apoet
From: AZ
Mar 24, 2016
Marty Karabin's guide has 6 climbs on the Monk. The only unlisted sport climb is Exorsist 5.10b which is slightly West of the aid climb Monk's Chin.
By Zackery Bauman
Jun 1, 2016
Anyone looking to climb the monk this weekend?