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When David and I began exploring the Totem-Proto area for new development we were enchanted by the potential for scaling new towers here. Our first view was by traversing across a face just south of Proto Pipe, above the ancient and wonderful old juniper that remains alive despite having fallen into a gully (Please don't damage this tree!!). Better access is described below.
From the start of "Overcoming Inertia" on the northeast buttress of Proto Pipe, skirt the buttress to the south and then turn uphill into this "hidden" area of towers and crags.
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Begin in the wide, somewhat crumbly crack that leads to a right leaning crack that leads to a short face section beneath the roof on the north face. Cross under the roof to the right and face climb on good rock past ample protection to the broken vertical crack to the top. Gear belay from a comfortable ledge. Then, belay your partner to the rap anchors which are placed on the north face directly above the beautiful arete that faces Proto Pipe. We will develop the arete and other cracks below the...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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