Climb the East Face of the Praying Monk

Rate this Adventure 0.5 miles 200 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Joseph Gulizia

Super easy climb right in the heart of Phoenix. This is the perfect climb for beginners who want to make the leap outdoors. The hardest part of the climb might be finding a place to park!

5.6 Sport climb, up an 80 foot face, 9 bolts to the top. 

This was the first outdoor climb for myself. It opened the doors to getting out of the gym and becoming a part of the local climbing community. I highly recommend it, as it is not too difficult, and can be done with a group of people. 

The Approach and Climb

Head to the Echo Canyon side of Camelback. Hike up the trail until you get to the saddle. This point is marked with a bench. At this point the trail will continue up to the top of camelback. You will head to the right and find yourself on a small tracked out trail to the first pitch. This is a class IV pitch with 5 bolts. Once at the top you can easily walk to the Monk. On the NE side of the Monk you will see a downed boulder. This is where the climb starts. From there it is pretty simple, follow the 9 bolts up to the top. The first part of the climb is between the Monk and the boulder. The second part you will find yourself on the exposed East face of the Monk. The exposure can be frightening, but there are plenty of juggy hand and foot holds the whole way up. 

Once up top enjoy the view. There is no shelter from the sun, so be wary of this if climbing midday. The rappel is on the South face of the monk. If you have an inexperienced person on rappel, be cautious, and maybe lower them down. 

Enjoy the climb, and as always please pack out anything you brought with you. 

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