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Submitted By: Geir on Oct 2, 2009
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Description 

On Feb 7, 2009, a man stood in Lower Devil’s Canyon and watched a pair of climbers ascending a huge tower across the canyon. As he watched the leader step up onto the summit, he heard a victory yell. The leader was Marcy Makarewicz and her victory yell was “Shmotem Pole!!!”

While the size of the formation is not easily discernable from Lower Devil’s Canyon, it becomes plainly obvious on the approach how large the Shmotem Pole is. The tower stands higher than all the surrounding features and is level with the top of the canyon. From its fantastic summit, the view of the surrounding towers is terrific!

Getting There 

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Climbing Season



Weather station 2.7 miles from here

2 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['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 Shmotem Pole:
The Shmotem Pole   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
High Man on the Shmotem Pole   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   
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High Man on the Shmotem Pole 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c  AZ : Central Arizona : ... : The Shmotem Pole
Arete climbing at its finest, and it just keeps going and going. Follows the prominent arete on the right side of the Shmotem Pole from base to summit. Well protected, yet with enough space between the bolts to keep your attention. The first pitch ends on a ledge 15 feet to the right of the second belay on The Shmotem Pole. The second pitch is still a project and will probably go at about 5.12-.UPDATE: This pitch is now considered an open project. However, there may still be a couple bolt hanger...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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Photos of The Shmotem Pole Slideshow Add Photo
Marcy and Geir on top of the Shmotem Pole
Marcy and Geir on top of the Shmotem Pole
Shadow pic of me atop the Shmotem Pole, bringing u...
Shadow pic of me atop the Shmotem Pole, bringing u...
The Shmotem Pole as seen from the east rim of the ...
The Shmotem Pole as seen from the east rim of the ...
Overview of the Shmotem Pole
Overview of the Shmotem Pole
DAS through the crux of Shmotem Pole, Arjun on top...
DAS through the crux of Shmotem Pole, Arjun on top...
Yellow: The Shmotem Pole Blue: High Man on the Shm...
BETA PHOTO: Yellow: The Shmotem Pole Blue: High Man on the Shm...
Climbers atop the pole
Climbers atop the pole
Arjun rapping the Shmotem Pole
Arjun rapping the Shmotem Pole

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By roman d
From: Pasadena, CA
Feb 8, 2010
CONDITION REPORT 
The summit register (nalgene) is pretty badly bleached/cracked, and the inside was pretty damp. It could use a couple ziplocs or such to keep the notebook dry over the long-term
By Marcy
From: Tempe/Tuscon, AZ
Feb 9, 2010
Thanks for the info, Roman. Geir and I will take care of it.