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Welcome Boulder A.K.A. Triangle Boulder 

Priest Draw 


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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 35.0819, -111.601 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Priest Draw is a beautiful, grassy plain 50 yards wide that separates sporadic limestone bluffs on each side. Most of the climbing is on the sunny, south facing side of the Draw, and the bluffs are spread out over a 2 mile distance from the beginning of the road.

One of the only free standing boulders, The Triangle Boulder, greets visitors with dead vertical warm-ups and a variety of good eliminates. Behind the Triangle is a nice little wall with several good problems and a plaque commemorating Robert Drysdale, a prolific developer of the area.

A little further down the road is the parking area. Back in the day you could drive the road right up to any of the bluffs in the Draw, but overuse by a variety of user groups eventually led to it's closure and the creation of the parking area around 2002. Camping is not permitted here, but a road forking left just before the parking area leads to a number of good sites.

A handful of walls and roofs, such as Killer Wall, Pottery Wall, White Wall and Puzzle Box, are just a minutes walk from the parking area. Anorexic, Monster and Mars roofs have the longest walks...about 15-20 minutes.

Climbers are by far the biggest user group here now, and so keeping Priest Draw beautiful is largely our responsibility.


Getting There 

Head towards The Pit, pass the pullout, take next right follow road for about 3.5 miles take right turn onto dirt road and park at preist draw sign (300 yds)


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Priest Draw:
Left Arete   V0 4     Boulder, 16'   Welcome Boulder A.K.A. Tria...
The Fin   V1-2 5     Boulder, 12'   The Bat Roof
The Coffin   V2-3 5+     Boulder, 10'   Coffin Roof
The Bat Cave   V3+ 6A+     Boulder, 12'   The Bat Roof
Tin Ho!   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   Parking Area Bouldering
The Yoker   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Parking Area Bouldering
Bat Roof Direct   V4 6B     Boulder   The Bat Roof
Thin Man   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Monster Roof
The Whip and the Cross   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Parking Area Bouldering
The Loaf   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Monster Roof
Puffer Fish   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   Puzzle Box
Twister   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Floor Pie Roof / Flying Sau...
Anorexic   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   Anorexic Roof
Move N' Groove Barbie   V7 7A+     Boulder   Monster Roof
Floor Pie   V7 7A+     Boulder, 10'   Floor Pie Roof / Flying Sau...
R God is Neither   V8 7B     Boulder, 12'   Puzzle Box
Carnivore   V8 7B     Boulder, 18'   Anorexic Roof
Carnivore Direct   V9 7C     Boulder, 12'   Anorexic Roof
The Receptionist   V10 7C+     Boulder, 20'   Mars Roof
Cosmic Tricycle   V10 7C+     Boulder   Puzzle Box
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Photos of Priest Draw Slideshow Add Photo
Matt Hoch, the designer of all the best beta and owner of multiple hard first ascents at the Draw, warms up on Anorexic.
Matt Hoch, the designer of all the best beta and o...
Walking away from The Brain Boulder
Walking away from The Brain Boulder
Rob Drysdale spotting on FA of Down with the Bass, Howard's Draw
Rob Drysdale spotting on FA of Down with the Bass,...
Triangle boulder (1st one you'll see)
BETA PHOTO: Triangle boulder (1st one you'll see)
Dishwasher, V3. Photo of me, by Alex (up in a tree).
Dishwasher, V3. Photo of me, by Alex (up in a tree...
Me, trying too hard on a V2 (found the real beta later but this just looks cooler). Photo by Alex.
Me, trying too hard on a V2 (found the real beta l...
Climbing the Triangle with Ron Dawson
Climbing the Triangle with Ron Dawson
Hanging out with friends in the Draw
Hanging out with friends in the Draw
Danger, big roofs ahead...
Danger, big roofs ahead...
Not the Draw: Lee warms up on an easy highball at Cherry Canyon on a perfect fall day.
Not the Draw: Lee warms up on an easy highball at ...
Cora climbing in her Halloween costume.
Cora climbing in her Halloween costume.
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By Ladd Raine
Administrator
From: Plymouth, NH
Sep 11, 2007

Is there a guidebook for this area that does any justice?

By Rossy B.
Feb 25, 2009

The directions that are written on the topo link are a little off. Here are better ones:

5 miles from the Mobil gas station take a Right on Crimson and follow that 3 miles to the draw. The topo says take a right on Ron Lockett Ranch Road (instead of Crimson), but this road doesn't exist.

By Quentin Tutt
From: Window Rock, AZ
Jun 24, 2009

I miss this place!