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Submitted By: Geir on Oct 2, 2009
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On Feb 7, 2009, a man stood in Lower Devil’s Canyon and watched a pair of climbers ascending a huge tower across the canyon. As he watched the leader step up onto the summit, he heard a victory yell. The leader was Marcy Makarewicz and her victory yell was “Shmotem Pole!!!”

While the size of the formation is not easily discernable from Lower Devil’s Canyon, it becomes plainly obvious on the approach how large the Shmotem Pole is. The tower stands higher than all the surrounding features and is level with the top of the canyon. From its fantastic summit, the view of the surrounding towers is terrific!

Getting There 

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Climbing Season

For the Lower Devil's East (LDE) area.

Weather station 2.7 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Shmotem Pole

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Shmotem Pole:
The Shmotem Pole   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
High Man on the Shmotem Pole   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Geir Hundal on the FA of the Shmotem Pole.

The Shmotem Pole 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  Arizona : Central Arizona : ... : The Shmotem Pole
A fun adventure climb up the largest tower in LDE. On the southern end of the west face of the tower, start at the obvious crack system.Pitch 1 (5.10b, 110’): Climb the crack system past two bolts. Instead of climbing the difficult overhanging offwidth on the left, take the crack on the right (10b) and then step left to the main crack system on easier ground (5.8). You’ll arrive at a cave (The Shmotem Hole) – enter it and you’ll find the first belay anchor.Pitch 2 (5.8, 50’): Climb up th...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

Photos of The Shmotem Pole Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Marcy and Geir on top of the Shmotem Pole
Marcy and Geir on top of the Shmotem Pole
Rock Climbing Photo: Shadow pic of me atop the Shmotem Pole, bringing u...
Shadow pic of me atop the Shmotem Pole, bringing u...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbers atop the pole
Climbers atop the pole
Rock Climbing Photo: The Shmotem Pole as seen from the east rim of the ...
The Shmotem Pole as seen from the east rim of the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: DAS through the crux of Shmotem Pole, Arjun on top...
DAS through the crux of Shmotem Pole, Arjun on top...
Rock Climbing Photo: Arjun rapping the Shmotem Pole
Arjun rapping the Shmotem Pole
Rock Climbing Photo: Overview of the Shmotem Pole
Overview of the Shmotem Pole
Rock Climbing Photo: Yellow: The Shmotem Pole Blue: High Man on the Shm...
BETA PHOTO: Yellow: The Shmotem Pole Blue: High Man on the Shm...

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By Marcy
From: Tempe/Tuscon, AZ
Feb 9, 2010
Thanks for the info, Roman. Geir and I will take care of it.

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