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The Praying Monk Rock Climbing 


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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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.5 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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['<=5.6',3],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['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 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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Rock Climbing Photo: Heather Hayes on the opening moves of Praying Monk...

East Face 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13  Arizona : Central Arizona : ... : The Praying Monk
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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: Rich hanging around between 1/4" bolt drillin...
Rich hanging around between 1/4" bolt drillin...
Rock Climbing Photo: Richard warming up the Royal Robbins boots before ...
Richard warming up the Royal Robbins boots before ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Praying Monk from the South Side
Praying Monk from the South Side
Rock Climbing Photo: Dano, East face, Praying Monk, Photo by Richard
Dano, East face, Praying Monk, Photo by Richard
Rock Climbing Photo: Parking lot from the Praying Monk, Photo by Richar...
Parking lot from the Praying Monk, Photo by Richar...
Rock Climbing Photo: South face of the top of the Camel`s head, Photo t...
South face of the top of the Camel`s head, Photo t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dano clowning for a pic
Dano clowning for a pic
Rock Climbing Photo: Ed rappelling from the top of the Praying Monk, yo...
Ed rappelling from the top of the Praying Monk, yo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ant`s on ant trail view from the Praying Monk, Pho...
Ant`s on ant trail view from the Praying Monk, Pho...
Rock Climbing Photo: Richard following Dano up Forrest Roof about 1980....
Richard following Dano up Forrest Roof about 1980....
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: Ed, east face of monk.1980?
 Photo by dano
Ed, east face of monk.1980? Photo by dano
Rock Climbing Photo: Dano rappelling the Head wall with No girth hitche...
Dano rappelling the Head wall with No girth hitche...
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: Ant trail detail, must be a lot of them look at th...
Ant trail detail, must be a lot of them look at th...
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: Kyle belaying while Dano climbs the Praying Monk`s...
Kyle belaying while Dano climbs the Praying Monk`s...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dano rappelling Praying Monk South Face, Brianna a...
Dano rappelling Praying Monk South Face, Brianna a...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dano starting to rappel the Ice Box down the Headw...
Dano starting to rappel the Ice Box down the Headw...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dano climbing East Face, Praying Monk, Brianna bel...
Dano climbing East Face, Praying Monk, Brianna bel...
Rock Climbing Photo: Camel`s hump from the base of the Praying Monk, Ph...
Camel`s hump from the base of the Praying Monk, Ph...

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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?
By Stephen Baklund
Dec 17, 2016

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