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The resurgence of development on Totem Pole and the fantastic new lines established on it led to new opportunities for development. New lines are now also up around Proto Pipe and the area has much more to offer. It seems appropriate to separate it out from Glitter Box as it's as separate from there as the Road Area is and has potential to extend into the next canyon south with all the good quality rock and long lines.
The Totem Pole is the icon of Lower Devils Canyon and the trail there was recently much improved.
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Drop 'em South 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
The Fruits of Optomisim 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Overcoming Inertia 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
Totem Pole Direct 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Pathological Optimist 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
The Totem Pole 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, 2 pitches, 150'
Proto Pipe 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
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The Fruits of Optomisim 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a AZ : Central Arizona : ... : Totem-Proto Area
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 ...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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