Average Rating : 3.67 out of 5
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Route Summary | Ascent Notes (3)
Start same as east face. Instead of up into cave , climb face directly left of the southeast corner to the same ledge where the East face route gains access to the east face. Continue up corner staying left of east face. Petty nice route to learn to lead. It was one of my first ten leads.
rap down a little chim, i think there are bolts on top now
Submitted by: Quis on 2007-12-03
Route ID: 91126
The previous Saturday I went to the Monk, and we left before climbing it because there was a 7 person wait.
The 5.7 start is fun. The first bolt is a little ways up, but if you are a decent climber it shouldn't be scary getting to it. Once you get onto the East Face the climbing is really easy. So, easy that the view and a fun rappel are the best reasons to do it, and of course to say you've climbed the classic Praying Monk. Although, I wouldn't suggest it as a first lead climb unless you have good climbing experience, because the exposure and runout between a couple bolts could freak a newcomer out, and you have to belay your second from the top of the spire.
So I will first say I didn't lead this, pretty scary with huge exposure to the south! I followed and I think some of the bolts are missing on this route. Once you get out of the cave the next bolt is at least 20 feet away, pretty scary if you ask me considering the drop off. Anyways, if you want to play it say take the east face about 1/3 the way up and look left, you will see the first bolt for this route, traverse diagonally to it and you will be on the route. Enjoy!