65m, 2 pitches. Access is by rapping from anchors level with the top of the Tote to a ledge. Swing across and latch a double bolt belay. Now commonly started via Deep Play.
1. 25m. Thin, serious climbing up and right to the arete, when is crossed onto the NE face to the bottom of a steep crack. Climb the crack to a platform on the N face and belay. All bolts are carrots.
2. 40m. The money pitch. Follow the bolts up the right arete and face. Some trad gear required in top section.

Steve Monks, Simon Mentz, Jane Wilkinson, Simon Carter Mar/1995

Ticklists: The Lifetime List.

Jeremy Moore ?/Dec/18 2nd

Stupendous climbing, friction is awesome, crux hard, I will return to lead it one day

with Vladi
Hidden 22/Feb/18 Lead O/S
ian bryant 21/Feb/18 Lead O/S
Duncan Campbell 05/Feb/18 Lead

Amazing but a little out of my grasp so early in the route season for me. Such a great pitch! If I’m here again I’ll more than happily come back for it! More about the adventure for me though - what a day out! Stayed at Paul Pritchard’s house and found out his accident had been almost exactly 20 years prior to our ascent. Meeting him and talking about it really made our ascent even more special

Katekeltie 05/Feb/18 2nd
nathanlee 28/Nov/17 Lead O/S

combined with deep play. so good and pretty tricky I thought. its got it all, a real desert island climb

Ri 28/Nov/17 Lead dog

A0 for me unfortunately! Fall at the crux. Absolutely amazing climbing in a ridiculous position. An adventure.

Uisdean hawthorn 28/Nov/17 AltLd O/S

one of the best routes ever.

with Ri
Hidden 26/Mar/17 Lead dog
henweeee 21/Feb/17 2nd
spidermonkey09 21/Feb/17 Lead RP

P2. Fair to say I never thought I'd do this when I first started climbing. The history, the aesthetics, the epics, the accidents. An absolute dream to climb this incredible pitch. Edges so perfect it's like they've been laser cut, incredible friction, immensely satisfying climbing. Not sure it gets any better than a route this good on a piece of rock this iconic. A privilege to climb on and a route I'll always remember.

Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing 31/Dec/16 Lead

P2 only (following on from Deep Play P1). Low 25, probably somewhere around 7a or 7a+, but grades aside one thing is for sure - it is an incredible pitch. Rarely do features such as this have climbing to match in terms of quality, but with the Totem Pole both come hand in hand. Perfect crimps and edges, coupled with being out there on the arete of a pillar that clearly shouldn't still be standing - not to mention the history that surrounds it - makes this one of the best and most memorable routes I have ever done (or aspired to do).

penny.orr 31/Dec/16 2nd

+ Deep Play = Best climb of the trip!!

markalmack 16/Nov/15 Lead O/S

p2 only

with GAL
johnstacksanders 26/Dec/01 2nd dog

I aided much of this on account of I don't climb E5. But the experience of being on this amazing piece of rock architecture and actually reaching the top, is one of my top adventure days - unforgettable.

with ross jones
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