BETA PHOTO: Priest and Rectory
The Priest is the free standing tower next to the Rectory on the side opposite from Castleton. From many perspectives, its odd geometry certainly looks like a priest, and you may wish you have one present if you aren't solid on offwidths. This is my favorite tower in Castle Valley, and the summit is absolutely spectacular.
Honeymoon Chimney is the route to do, and a great alternative if Castleton is crowded. The bottom part stays in the shade, so make sure you do this on a warm day.
Hike up the Castleton trail, but instead of going up traverse along the very cool narrow ridge to the base of the Rectory. Walk along the base of the Rectory on its left side to the base of the Priest.
Weather station 1.7 miles from here
2 Total Routes
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Excommunication 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c UT
: Moab Area
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This is the spectacular bolted route on the North Face of The Priest. It climbs unique calcite features similar to those on Holier Than Thou on The Nuns. Greg Child apparently bolted this route in September, 2002. He established the route "ground-up"—which I think is a bit misleading, because he basically made a bolt ladder out of it. True, it was ground up, but it was not free, nor was it bold. There are several holes in the rock with missing bol...[more] Browse More Classics in UT
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By Anonymous Coward
Oct 11, 2004
the priest is a hidden gemeasy wide stuff ans some aidable steming and you are in there
By Perin Blanchard
From: Orem, UT
May 31, 2009
As of 30 May 2009 (and for four or five years prior) the summit register notebook is full (it was placed in 1984). We left a couple of pages (the back of a topo), but if you're heading up there bring a new notebook to place alongside the original.