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Submitted By: DaveB on Jun 14, 2007
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Totem Pole Spire. Rapping off the backside.
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Getting There 

Solitary spire rising from an angular chunk of rock, next to the road/guardrail. From Sylvan Lake, past Needle's Eye, around a couple hairpin turns, down the road from Reunion Rock, Dave's Dinghy. Park at near-by pull-off.


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['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['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 Totem Pole:
Totem Pole   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 70'   
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Totem Pole (5.7), as seen from road. Route ascends chimney (via lower right face in photo), flake, moves left (out of view), second chimney, then face to top.

Totem Pole 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b  SD : Custer State Park : ... : Totem Pole
Though historic (via first ascent party), the climbing quality is just so-so...nothing to write home about.Ascend chimney, flake, establish belay at bolt, flake, etc. Move left around corner, up second chimney - big pro if you got it - (Note - some rate this section as 10b!), climb face to top. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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Here is a photo of the first ascent in 1936. Scanned from Appalachian Journal. This was originally called the Traffic Cop. Note the bottom where it incorrectly states the North Dakota location.
Here is a photo of the first ascent in 1936. Scann...
Darin at the top of Picture Rock trying to tip over Totem Pole.
Darin at the top of Picture Rock trying to tip ove...
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