Type: Sport
FA: Jonny Woodword
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Shared By: urs on Jul 25, 2008
Admins: Aron Quiter, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin ., Vicki Schwantes

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Access Issue: Donner/Truckee area Details
Access Issue: 2014 nesting closure Details


DUE TO ROCKFALL, this route is GONE.

This route was for many years a very scary lead with huge runouts and loose terrain until someone (?) cleaned it up and bolted it. Now its a very enjoyable route with a mixture of crimps, slopers, pockets and knobs. The route ascends the obvious arete just left of Transmogrifier. With the route cleaned up and bolted it is starting to see alot of traffic and it is a good warm-up before hopping on Spaceman Spiff or some of the other hard routes at Roadcut.


The route is just to the left of Transmogrifier on the obvious arete.


The protection is all bolts with a two bolted rap anchor on the top. The route requires a 60m rope or longer to get down.


I think if Hit and Run is an 11b, then this one deffinately scores 11b. A little bit harder and more committing than Hit and Run and a huge step up from escargot. Aug 26, 2008
Truckee, CA
Lurker   Truckee, CA  
Rumor has it that a decent chunk of this route fell off last winter, and is now a few grades harder....guess that's what you get at a roadcut. Mar 13, 2012
Colonel Mustard
Sacramento, CA
Colonel Mustard   Sacramento, CA
The piton was replaced by a bolt, only some twisted iron remains. Two fixed draws. Glad it was retroed, since it's an awesome sport line. Oct 29, 2013
skinny legs and all
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
skinny legs and all   Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Johnny Woodward bolted this line ground up and onsight. Jan 12, 2014
Johnny Woodward led this route ground up, reported to be without bolts, for the first ascent. He was strongly opposed to adding bolts to this, runout, route. Fortunately/unfortunately the only place where it was possible to get some pro in, sketchy and way up the route, fell off (and became a safer route). Subsequently the whole route was retro bolted and renamed from Totem Pile to Totem Pole. Jan 13, 2014
Reno, NV
slk   Reno, NV
R.I.P Totem pole... Feb 15, 2015
Two pins and gear on the FA. Nature has proven that the original name was more appropriate. Jan 11, 2016