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Things Of Beauty (aka Interstate I-70 Towers)
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Mantis  

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b A3

   
Type:  Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 180'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b A3 [details]
FA: Duane Raleigh, Pete Takeda, summer 1993
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Submitted By: USBRIT on Dec 24, 2011
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BETA PHOTO: The route.

Description 

Mantis is located in the next major right (east) of The Fortress and Turkey Neck Tower. The route is obvious on the west face of the tower. Pete Takeda: "A wedge of mud, the Mantis is a thin rib of claycrested by a precarious series of isolated blocks. The blocks, perched on raised clay mounds, resemble bug eyes, lending an insect appearance. The 180' formation is split clean through by a crack".


Location 

This is on Things of Beauty (a.k.a I-70 Towers), Palisade.


Protection 

Camalots (2) #3 through #4, pitons (5) 1/14 through 2": Bong-bongs through 4" (10-15), Spectres; 0.5" hangers.

Descent. There are no summit anchors. Lower off the backside. Pete Takeda: "To descend, Duane tied the haul line to the lead rope and rappelled off the opposite side using my body as a counterweight. To clean, I jumared the lead rope using his body as an anchor, and, for fear of being slingshotted off the tower, didn't dare peek over the summit ridge".



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