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Riding the Rocket

5.8 PG13, Sport, 130 ft,  Avg: 2.4 from 11 votes
FA: James Garret
Utah > Wasatch Range > Grandeur Peak > Rocket Reef


Climb up dimpled limestone through vegetation and the occasional loose rock. Hang on for dear life when you're exposed and the wind blows. Friction is your friend!


On the main arete of the formation.


10 bolts (last few bolts are shared) to Pocket Rocket's Chains. Runout before jumping to the "second" pitch bolts. Bring QDs and a helmet for loose rock. Use bolt #5 (huge glue-in) on Pocket Rocket Right Variation for second rappel on descent or use a 70m rope.

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Pocket Rocket on the Right, Unknown on the left.  Four bolts above the runout (5.4) are not visible.
[Hide Photo] Pocket Rocket on the Right, Unknown on the left. Four bolts above the runout (5.4) are not visible.

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[Hide Comment] Of the two routes on the Rocket, if this is the one to the right or "south"...with one glue in bolt about half way up, I am happy to hear people are enjoying this fun pitch. I also installed the chain at top, and it was intended to combine this with a rap from the huge single glue in, maybe one can avoid lugging up two ropes for this approach and easy top roping? I first climbed it probably 6 years ago or so...can't remember the name, but I noticed that the FA info was unknown so I'm passing on some history, we called it Ridin' The Rocket and this was the route on the right with a big Glu-in bolt about midway? ...I like the name, though it is kind of overused...a Pocket Rocket route exists in Cedar City domes...Pocket Rocks, City of the Rocks, Castle Cragss in California, and I think even at Index in WA, but as long as I am so forgetful as to remember what we called it...go for it...maybe every area needs a Pocket Rocket!
James Jun 23, 2006
[Hide Comment] Shares final bolts with Pocket Rocket.
Rap same as Pocket Rocket. Mar 25, 2012
Stan Pitcher
[Hide Comment] This is the route on the left (middle of 3 routes on formation). Good rock and some sweet pockets for the first 6 bolts. It is a bit run to the 7th bolt which is hard to see but the climbing is easy. Nice steep climbing and sweet finger crack past two more bolts and then shares only the last bolt with Pocket Rocket (the slightly better route to the right).

According to James Garret comments, this route is misnamed here and should be "Pocket Rocket" instead. May 10, 2012
Crag Turkey
Holladay, UT
[Hide Comment] Did the right route, and I'd vote to name it Riding the Rocket. Pocket rocket is not original, and doesn't seem to fit the route well. As for the route it was a pretty fun route to take my less experienced girlfriend on. Not challenging, but may be a good first lead if you're up for the hike. all the bolts protect well. Crux for me was chossopolis at the top. Will one of your feet break out from under you? probably. I'd give it a 8-. Anchors were in decent shape. Didnt do the left route, looked like some cool climbing, probably worth it if you enjoyed this one.

PS- Anchors looked good with a tad bit a rust, if you happen to see this Steve. Apr 28, 2015