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Pocket Puzzle 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ British: E1 5a

   
Type: Sport
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ British: E1 5a [details]
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11/27/2011 C. Mancini

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Description 

Excellent climb up steep pocketed face. Great holds, fun moves, sustained with one good rest.


Location 

West-facing wall at right end of Upper Pond West. Just around corner from monster overhang.


Protection 

Bolts & shuts



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January 2007 freezing-my-ass-off lead... <br /> <br />Photo by A. Locander
January 2007 freezing-my-ass-off lead...

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Me on Pocket Puzzle, a great 10a at The Pond.  Photo credit to Tim R
Me on Pocket Puzzle, a great 10a at The Pond. Pho...
Lindsey Pearson on Pocket Puzzle, the Pond.
Lindsey Pearson on Pocket Puzzle, the Pond.
Pocket Puzzle - The Day - The Exposure - The Life  <br />Photo Courtesy of <a href='http://ClimbPHX.com' target='_blank' rel='nofollow' >ClimbPHX.com</a>
Pocket Puzzle - The Day - The Exposure - The Life ...
The route in its entirety and a bit of the scene you'll find at the base. I like the Pond scene, actually, kind of an outdoor gym in a good way.
The route in its entirety and a bit of the scene y...
some guys from Boston we met while climbing on 10/5/11
some guys from Boston we met while climbing on 10/...
Friend Mike Brewer climbing Pocket Puzzle, getting belayed by his friend Japhet.  I'm climbing off left on a boring until the very end climb.  Not recommended (don't remember what it's called).
Friend Mike Brewer climbing Pocket Puzzle, getting...
11/27/2011 C. Mancini
11/27/2011 C. Mancini
Tim on lead.
Tim on lead.
On my way up this fun route
On my way up this fun route
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By caughtinside
From: Oakland CA
Nov 26, 2008
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b

This is a terrific, fun and pumpy climb! Great pockets and good length.

By Sonnabend
From: West Saint Paul, MN
Mar 5, 2009

Great climb, very sustained and no real rest spots. I'd guess it was about 75 feet to the anchors. The anchors are not shuts though, just chain.

Getting the first bolt really sets the tone for the route but once you get past that it makes the rest seem much more doable.

Enjoy

Also try the route just to the right of this "Arete Horizon" it is pretty equal in difficulty and equal in the fun category as well.

By Pete Hickman
From: Tacoma, WA
May 18, 2009

Awesome climb! There are big holds all the way up but it is steep and has a bulge at the top. A lot of the lower grade climbs are much thinner than this one, only it requires endurance.

By BenClimbing
Dec 21, 2010
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a

I suppose if QC has a route that deserves the "classic" classification, this is it.

By brucy
Feb 28, 2011
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b

We thougth this route to be two (2) letter grades harder then the route to the right even tho they're rated the same. Still in all,
it's one of our favorite warm ups and have been doing it for years.

By manuel rangel
From: Tempe, Arizona
May 18, 2012

I agree, it has to be harder than 10a!

By RazRez
Feb 27, 2013

GPS coordinates (WGS84 hddd.ddddd°)

Parking for the pond:
N33.30839 W111.07076

Trailhead:
N33.30973 W111.06783

Pocket puzzle:
N33.31010 W111.06888