Is it possible for a marmot to run away with a pair of climbing shoes...leaving no trace behind except for a chewed trekking pole handle? If the answer is yes, then sleep with your shoes at the hulk.
Yep. They took my tape gloves and helmet straps after chewing them off. They nibbled on the outside of my pack and chewed on the outside of my buddies pack. If you have sweated on it/in it, they may want to get the salts.
Maybe your partner was too scared to do the climb, so he/she hid them and then chewed on your handle so you'd think it was a marmot?!
Add a pair of flip-flops to the count, apparently they had quite a feast this weekend