Drop'em South climbs interesting, juggy, and protectable cobblelike rock on the southern arete. It finishes at a belay ledge with chains. From there you can head right to Pathological Optimist on the east face or up to a bolt on the arete and out on to the west face to join the crux crack of The Totem Pole to reach the summit.
Name History- while cleaning PO Colten K. would yell drop'em south! as the rocks would come lobbing off near him and his gear. We wern't too concerned but he sure was. There you go CK.
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|Comments on Drop 'em South
|By Nate Young|
Jan 20, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a
The route follows the left sided arrete on the south east side of the totem. There are 6 bolts total, with a mixture of decent nut and cam placements in between if you are not a fan of the runout. The crux in the slightly overhanging section is great and well protected. Use a 2 foot running to avoid rope drag on the last bolt. THIS ROUTE DOES NOT GO TO THE TOP! It stops on a great belay ledge right below the large roof on the left side. The summit of the totem is accessible via the Original totem route by moving left and placing some protective pieces after a single bolt (5.10c/d), or moving down and right to connect with the new Pathological Optimist (5.10c) route. Both can take nuts or small cams at the very top if runnout isn't your favorite thing.