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Things Of Beauty (aka Interstate I-70 Towers)
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Alpha Tower T 
Because It's There (aka Palisade Pinnacle) T 
Black Tower, The T 
Bug-Eyed Monster T 
Fortress - The Prow , The T 
Fortress, Regular Route, The T 
Mad Dogs and Englishmen T 
Mantis  T 
Napoleon's Toothpick T 
Passport to the Golden Age T 
Sword of Damocles., The T 
Tom Thumbs Tallywag T 
Turkey Neck Tower T 


YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b A3

Type:  Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 180'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 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.


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".


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


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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