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The Mace

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The Mace  


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Location: 34.81836, -111.7913 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Greg Opland, James DeRoussel, JJ Schlick, Hendrixson, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Josh Janes on Mar 22, 2006
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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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.2 miles from here

7 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',5],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Mace:
Original Route   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 400'   
Rappel Route   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     TR, 2 pitches, 75'   
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The step across

Original Route 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  AZ : Sedona Area : ... : The Mace
The 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 h...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

Local Information for The Mace
Photos of The Mace Slideshow Add Photo
Crowded day on the Mace
Crowded day on the Mace
view from the start of pitch 4 looking through the...
view from the start of pitch 4 looking through the...
Deep Space Crossing
Deep Space Crossing
Leading the 4th pitch
Leading the 4th pitch
The stepover
The stepover
cleaning the crux of the mace...
cleaning the crux of the mace...
the  bolt clip
BETA PHOTO: the bolt clip
Santiago Fernandez, age 14, on pitch 3 of the Mace...
Santiago Fernandez, age 14, on pitch 3 of the Mace...
Richard and Santiago on top of the Mace's first (l...
Richard and Santiago on top of the Mace's first (l...
Zen garden on the summit of the Mace. March 2008
Zen garden on the summit of the Mace. March 2008
Richard Fernandez belayed by his son Santiago on t...
Richard Fernandez belayed by his son Santiago on t...
The Mace, Sedona, AZ
The Mace, Sedona, AZ
The backside of the Mace in evening light
The backside of the Mace in evening light
Sean involved with the crux on pitch 4
Sean involved with the crux on pitch 4

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By Ladd Raine
Administrator
From: Plymouth, NH
Nov 8, 2007
Check out the article in Climbing
By gblauer
From: Wayne, PA
Oct 31, 2009
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.
By JJ Schlick
Administrator
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jan 9, 2012
Just saw this online and thought I would share...
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By Austin Sobotka
Oct 29, 2012
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
By MegChad
Mar 21, 2014
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.