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The Praying Monkey 

YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 35'
Original:  YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c [details]
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Submitted By: toddgordon Gordon on Jun 23, 2010

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"Praying Monkey" protruding from the sou...

Description 

This cool route goes to a small, fine summit.

Location 

This route is located on the South face of Monkey Dome, and you have to scramble and/or climb up aways to get to the Praying Monkey before you even start the route. This is the left most route on the south face of Monkey Dome

Protection 

Three bolts protects face climbing to the summit. Double bolts on top to rap off.


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Rock Climbing Photo: rebeca russell on belay while I climb to the summi...
rebeca russell on belay while I climb to the summi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Praying Monkey
Praying Monkey

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By roman d
From: Pasadena, CA
Feb 25, 2014

Very cool summit - worth seeking out if you are in the area!
By Gabriel Messercola
Jan 7, 2017

Hiked out to the area a few days ago with my girlfriend and started to scramble up to the belay ledge only to be stopped by a 25 ft(ish) hand crack that I would say is about a 5.6. I didn't have any gear large enough to protect the approach (probably a few cams around #3) and had to turn back before we were able to even start the climb.

The approach on this climb (trying to get to the ledge from directly underneath) is only a scramble if you're comfortable free soloing 40+ feet of challenging climbing with limited space. It's a shame the original route setter wasn't able to add a couple more bolts below the 'belay ledge' to make this a true sport climb. It looked to me like the climb up to the belay was well harder than a 5.4 rating so don't be fooled and bring some trad gear to safely get on this climb.

I'll be back!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Attempted Approach to Monkey's Prayer from dir...
Attempted Approach to Monkey's Prayer from directly under the climb
By toddgordon Gordon
From: Joshua Tree, California
Jan 7, 2017

Instead of climbing up directly to the start of the climb...you can traverse in from the left (west) via 3rd class unroped scrambling. Coming up from below is 5th class climbing...and probably a climb in itself.
Rock Climbing Photo: Praying monkey 3rd class approach
Praying monkey 3rd class approach

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