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.