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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.
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.
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Honeymoon Chimney 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, 4 pitches
Excommunication 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Trad, Sport, 5 pitches, 380'
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Excommunication 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c UT : Moab Area : ... : The Priest
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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