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The Mace

Postby skykilo » Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:05 pm

I met Layton in Sedona, Arizona for an end of the year exploratory mission to a new desert tower zone.

First on the agenda was the über-classic The Mace.
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Mike leads the first pitch. I got happy with the red knob.
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My first lead had me quaking. The book recommended gear to a #5; our #5 was a C4 and this crack was bigger than that -- the SS recommendation is an old skool camalot #5.
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Mike leads a sweet traverse.
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The crux pitch is bizarre. Weirdness, wideness, awkwardness. Possibly the proudest 5.9+ OS of my career?
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The step-across is cool.
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Cathedral Spires
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THE AFTERMATH
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I made our dinner at camp. Then I spent a freezing night puking in my tent, just barely managing to keep it clean inside. The next morning I had nothing left in me to climb, so we packed camp and headed home. I could only manage half of the seven-hour drive home in my state. I got a hotel room and slept nearly 16 hours. I finally made it home the following afternoon just in time to develop the worst case of diarrhea I've ever had. Despite being very fatigued, I stayed awake past 2 am until it seemed like the worst was passing. A couple hours later I was awake, rushing to the bathroom to prevent the unthinkable -- nevermind, nothing was prevented. I was too dead to do anything but go back to sleep and pretend nothing had happened.

Good times! I can't recall ever doing such a thing since being a toddler before last year, but during the second half of 2012 I shit myself twice, once while in bed. My resolution: a shit-stain free oh-one-three!
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Re: The Mace

Postby teleross » Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:12 pm

...and plastic sheets!
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Re: The Mace

Postby Hannah » Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:59 pm

Good lord! I laughed.
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Re: The Mace

Postby huevón » Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:36 pm

My first lead had me quaking. The book recommended gear to a #5; our #5 was a C4 and this crack was bigger than that -- the SS recommendation is an old skool camalot #5.

Heh.. I did the same thing on Backbone
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Re: The Mace

Postby PeteH » Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:24 am

I had food poisoning last year and it was brutal, so I can relate. Never experienced anything like that before and hopefully won't again. Climb looks great though!
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Re: The Mace

Postby E_$ » Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:39 pm

ugh. wonder which foodstuff was the culprit. any ideas there, poopypants--what food makes you feel sick when you think of it?

neat rock and features. that crux pitch looks wild!
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Re: The Mace

Postby Diamond Dachshund » Sat Jan 05, 2013 1:54 am

Did you lick the guano on the cracks? I'm always worried about contracting radioactive poospray from that.

Looks nice out there. Way to ring in the new year.
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Re: The Mace

Postby Atraslin » Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:50 pm

Cool features.
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