Here is a photo of the first ascent in 1936. Scann...
Solitary spire rising from an angular chunk of rock, next to the road/guardrail. From Sylvan Lake, past Needle's Eye, around a couple hairpin turns, down the road from Reunion Rock, Dave's Dinghy. Park at near-by pull-off.
Climbing Season For the Tenpins/Switchbacks area.
Weather station 5.4 miles from here
1 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Totem Pole
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Totem Pole:
Totem Pole 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 2 pitches, 70'
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Totem Pole 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b SD
: Custer State Park
: ... : Totem Pole
Though historic (via first ascent party), the climbing quality is just so-so...nothing to write home about.Ascend chimney, flake, establish belay at bolt, flake, etc. Move left around corner, up second chimney - big pro if you got it - (Note - some rate this section as 10b!), climb face to top. ...[more] Browse More Classics in SD