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Routes in Things Of Beauty (aka Interstate I-70 Towers)

Alpha Tower T C1+
Because It's There (aka Palisade Pinnacle) T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c C1-
Black Tower, The T C1+
Bug-Eyed Monster T C1
Fortress - The Prow , The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A3
Fortress, Regular Route, The T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A2
Mad Dogs and Englishmen T C1+
Mantis T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A3
Napoleon's Toothpick T C1
Passport to the Golden Age T C1+
Sword of Damocles., The T C2+
Tom Thumbs Tallywag T C1+ X
Turkey Neck Tower T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A3
Type: Trad, Aid, 180 ft
FA: Duane Raleigh, Pete Takeda, summer 1993
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Shared By: USBRIT Ross on Dec 24, 2011
Admins: Jesse Zacher, Jared LaVacque, Bradley Mark Edwards, Nick Reecy, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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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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