Avg: 3.6 from 205 votes
|Type:||Trad, 400 ft, 5 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||Bob Kamps, Dave Rearick, TM Herbert, 1957|
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|Shared By:||Josh Janes on Jan 20, 2006|
|Admins:||Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick|
DescriptionThe Mace is a classic Sedona route, and one of the "must do" lines in the area. If you're used to Moab area towers, this is a bit of a disappointment in terms of rock quality, but the adventure itself is wonderful.
Approach from a small trailhead off of Back O' Beyond Road in Sedona. The hike is 15-20 minutes at a leisurely pace.
P1: Climb up chimney (or the runout face to the right) to a crack through limestone band. Pull a small roof to gain a big alcove with eyebolt belay. 5.7.
P2: Head up a handcrack in the back corner of alcove, into a chimney, breaking left at top and continuing up an offwidth crack in the corner. A final corner leads to an eyebolt belay on top of a small pillar. 5.9.
P3: Clip a bolt off the left side of the pillar and perform an airy traverse left to gain a crack system. Climb this to reach a small triangular belay ledge with another eyebolt belay.
P4: Pass through a slot to the west, then move right and climb a crack system to an alcove about halfway up. From here, chimney and offwidth (crux) past a bolt. This leads to the summit of the lower tower and an eyebolt belay.
P5: Lean across to the higher tower, clip a bolt, and traverse right and climb up to gain an easier slab to the top. Belay off a strange anchor bolted to the summit.
Descent: Rappel to lower summit (or do the jump... bad idea). Double rope rap from here to a ledge, then another double rope rap to the saddle behind the tower.