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Routes in Totem-Proto Area

Chicken Shit Salad S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Direct North Face T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Drop 'em South S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Fern Gully Arete S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Fruits of Optomisim, The S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
GTKO T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Inertia T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Milk of Manatee T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Original Optomist T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Overcoming Inertia T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Pathological Optimist T,S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Pipe Bomb T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Pipe Cleaner T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Protean Catch T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Proto Pipe S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Proto Type T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Shakin' & Eggs T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
Totem Pole Direct S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Totem Pole, The S 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Up in Smoke T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c R
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Type: Sport, 60 ft
FA: Austin Sobotka, Aaron Collins
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Shared By: Aaron Collins on Jan 19, 2013
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

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Description

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 in a day. Thanks to all my friends and the OG FAs for helping with these lines.

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walmongr
Gilbert AZ
  5.8
walmongr   Gilbert AZ
  5.8
much better way to start.. We did this then cut over to the anchors on the original route and finished up that. Nov 25, 2017
Aaron Collins
Santan Valley, AZ
 
Aaron Collins   Santan Valley, AZ
 
i thought it would go i just didnt want to make a bolt line to the top. I just wanted a line on the west face as it was such a clean wall. i liked the idea of linking back to the oginal totem pole route. the continuation up the arete would also make for a really cool line as well. im stoked that the TLC that the totem pole has seen lately has inspired others to do the same. Carry on! Apr 9, 2013
arjunmh
Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
  5.9
arjunmh   Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
  5.9
David and I checked this out, but thought it was unfinished as it doesn't continue to the top and we didn't want to hop on a project. Seems like a couple bolts up high would enable continuing the arete and pulling the cool looking corner/roof to the top. Have you considered this as cooler finish to the current route? Looks like it'd be super fun. Apr 1, 2013
Austin Sobotka
Tucson, AZ
  5.9
Austin Sobotka   Tucson, AZ
  5.9
had an awesome time putting this up! fun, juggy climbing. thanks to aaron for trusting me with bolting! Jan 20, 2013
Aaron Collins
Santan Valley, AZ
 
Aaron Collins   Santan Valley, AZ
 
Kudos to you Austin! I believe this was his first time bolting a route. Great line on a classic Az tower. Jan 20, 2013