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The Fruits of Optomisim 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Austin Sobotka, Aaron Collins
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: ldsclimber on Jan 19, 2013

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The approximate line of the existing climb, ending...


Starts on the shadowy west face and climbs the crimpy steep and juggy left side of the wall to the belay ledge. It shares chains with Drop'em South. Use longer QDs on the last two bolts to avoid rope rub as you lower.
Now about the name. My original goal was to do the east wall southern arete and the direct line to The Totem Pole in one day. My friend called me a pathilogical optimist, thus the name, so Austin named the route after we finished the direct line the west wall and the southern arete in a day. Thanks to all my friends and the OG FAs for helping with these lines.



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AMH heading up, photo by DAS. A nice line indeed!
AMH heading up, photo by DAS. A nice line indeed!

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By ldsclimber
From: Queen Creek AZ
Jan 20, 2013

Kudos to you Austin! I believe this was his first time bolting a route. Great line on a classic Az tower.
By Austin Sobotka
Jan 20, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

had an awesome time putting this up! fun, juggy climbing. thanks to aaron for trusting me with bolting!
By arjunmh
From: Phoenix, AZ
Apr 1, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

David and I checked this out, but thought it was unfinished as it doesn't continue to the top and we didn't want to hop on a project. Seems like a couple bolts up high would enable continuing the arete and pulling the cool looking corner/roof to the top. Have you considered this as cooler finish to the current route? Looks like it'd be super fun.
By ldsclimber
From: Queen Creek AZ
Apr 9, 2013

i thought it would go i just didnt want to make a bolt line to the top. I just wanted a line on the west face as it was such a clean wall. i liked the idea of linking back to the oginal totem pole route. the continuation up the arete would also make for a really cool line as well. im stoked that the TLC that the totem pole has seen lately has inspired others to do the same. Carry on!
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