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Shared By: Josh Janes on Mar 22, 2006
Admins: Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick, Greg Opland
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Description

The Mace is possibly the best-known climbing formation in Sedona and probably the most climbed as well. Back in the 1950's when California climbers Bob Kamps and Dave Rearick came to town, the Mace was one of the first formations to get their attention. The Original Route (AKA "The Mace") is the ultra-popular and classic route to do.

Getting There

Park at Back O' Beyond trailhead and follow the tourist trail marked with large cairns up to the east side and then traverse over to the Mace from there.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Mace

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 228
Original Route
Trad 5 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
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Rappel Route
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Original Route
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5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 5 pitches
Rappel Route
 3
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b TR 2 pitches
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Check out the article in Climbing Nov 8, 2007
gblauer Blauer
Wayne, PA
gblauer Blauer   Wayne, PA
The Mace was a great climb. We didn't have any offwidth or chimney experience so this made our experience on the Mace even more fun. We learned technique as we went. Each pitch was a full body slog, we grunted, squeezed and chicken armed our way up the offwidths. Oct 31, 2009
JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
JJ Schlick   Flagstaff, AZ  
Just saw this online and thought I would share...
climbing.com/exclusive/feat… Jan 9, 2012
Austin Sobotka
Tucson, AZ
Austin Sobotka   Tucson, AZ
awesome climbing, great belay ledges, and sedona views to top it off. will definitely be back. since nobody has mentioned it on here i will point out that due to sandbagged ratings and the strange nature of offwidth climbing this will seem way harder than most peoples' idea of what a 5.9 is Oct 29, 2012
MegChad  
We had a great day on The Mace yesterday. FYI, the summit registry is full. A replacement registry will be required soon. It was fun going through the entries of past summits. Mar 21, 2014
Christine Spang
Oakland, CA
Christine Spang   Oakland, CA
The summit register booklet is still pretty darn full—we managed to find a blank back of a page in the middle, but there's not much space at all to sign in. The booklet says it's originally from 2007. Plenty of pens I'm the box though! Fantastic climbing! Nov 25, 2018