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Full Day Climbing Trip – The Priest

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The Priest is a favorite tower within Castle Valley, standing alone just to the left of the Rectory and from many angles, resembling a Priest. An advanced tower, the route “The Honeymoon Chimney” goes at 5.11a. This is a full-day trip sure to satisfy your crack climbing cravings!

The first pitch goes at 5.9 and is a squeezy offwidth (knee pads supplied and required!). The second pitch is a large chimney requiring various forms of stemming. The third pitch, the crux, starts off with stemming and transitions into a transfer from one side of the tower to the other onto some 5.11a sport moves. The final pitch is a 5.8 hand crack to the summit, supplying views of Castleton Tower and the LaSal Mountains.

This is a fabulous tower for experienced climbers who want to up their game and have a widely varied tower experience.

Trip Overview

  • Duration:  9 hours
  • Drive from Moab:  30 minutes
  • Season:  all year
  • Max. guide to client ratio:  1:2
  • Technical:  5.8 to 5.11a, advanced climbing, very airy exposure with 4 pitches of climbing

What you can expect to learn

  • Review of basic climbing equipment-use and techniques
  • Anchoring for multi-pitch climbs
  • Following and cleaning gear
  • Anchoring, knots and rope management
  • Handling the height and exposure of a multi-pitch route
  • Rappelling

Skill & Fitness Level

  • Moderate/Advanced fitness required
  • Must be able to climb at 5.11a sport-climbing level outdoors
  • Must enjoy the challenge of being in a high and airy place

What to Bring

  • 3-4 liters of water
  • Sun screen
  • Lip balm
  • Brimmed hat
  • Light long-sleeve shirt (for sun protection)
  • Sun glasses
  • Light rain gear
  • Camera
  • Extra snacks if you get really hungry, are a growing teenager, or have dietary restrictions or allergies

We provide

  • Snacks
  • Transportaion from our office to the Priest and back
  • All of the high quality technical gear you will need for climbing*

*If you do have and would prefer to use your own climbing harness, shoes, and/or chalk bag, please do so. Otherwise, we provide these items for you.

What you should wear

  • For the approach, shoes with a soft, flexible sole, such as running shoes or lightweight hiking shoes
  • No open-toed sandals, please
  • Clothes that are light-weight and loose fitting to allow you flexibility and freedom of movement
  • Clothes that are suitable for the season


Departure Times

All trips depart from our office at 253 North Main, Moab, UT. See location on Google map

5:00am – 6:00am   -Departure times for this trip vary with the season, but usually begin quite early in the morning. Call to arrange details: 435-259-3317 or 1-877-641-5271.

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