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Drilled Pocket Problem

V3-, Boulder, 20 ft (6 m),  Avg: 2.9 from 29 votes
FA: unknown
Utah > Southwest Utah > Zion NP > Drilled Pocket Boulder
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures ***** RAIN AND WET ROCK ***** The sandstone in Zion is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Holds rip off and climbs have been and will continue to be permanently damaged due to climbers not respecting this phenomenon. After a heavy storm the rock will remain wet, sometimes for several days. PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB IN ZION during or after rain. A good rule of thumb is that if the ground near your climb is at all damp (and not powdery dry sand), then do not climb. There are many alternatives (limestone, granite, basalt, and plastic) nearby. Seasonal Raptor Closures Details


South face of the boulder. Left of the obvious crack.

Start at the first pocket and stay to the left. Stick to the pockets and final ledge on the top left of the boulder. Don't use the crack to the right.


South face of the drilled pocket boulder.


Pad. Spotter. Its kind of tall.

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Drilled pocket boulder.
[Hide Photo] Drilled pocket boulder.
Last move from nice ridge
[Hide Photo] Last move from nice ridge
Super fun finger pockets.
[Hide Photo] Super fun finger pockets.
Fun moves. Great boulder off the side of the road. I'd give this one a V2/3
[Hide Photo] Fun moves. Great boulder off the side of the road. I'd give this one a V2/3
Nice look at drilled pocket and the crack
[Hide Photo] Nice look at drilled pocket and the crack
Punching for good hold on left past bad pocket.
[Hide Photo] Punching for good hold on left past bad pocket.
Finishing off this great problem
[Hide Photo] Finishing off this great problem

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Caleb Padgett
Rockville, utah
[Hide Comment] I think this problem is in the v1-v2 range. Not v4 Aug 19, 2014
Mountain View, CA
[Hide Comment] thanks for your input. the move before the topout certainly seemed harder than that, but then again, I didn't finish it. Aug 19, 2014
[Hide Comment] Hello! So there are quite a few problems on this boulder. First guess of a climb would be starting on the crack and working your way up. V0 if I had to guess. Using the drilled pockets... Started left hand in first pocket, right hand extended out to the side...feet up. Move right hand in the second pocket... Grab a little pincher with the left hand..then from there there is a nice ledge to throw your left hand on...then keep your hips in and match with your right. Then top out goes from there. Sketchy with just one had but once both hands are on and you can get your foot on the ledge you're golden. Requires some will power to just go for it but it was super fun. Would grade v1+, + just because of final move. On the east face of the boulder we were unable to do this really crimpy route but seems really fun, just ran out of time. Might be a v2. Lots of other routes to messed around with for vBs. Down climb by the tree. Mar 14, 2016
Mario Morante
Chattanooga, TN
  V3-4 PG13
[Hide Comment] I do quite a lot of bouldering as you can see by my tick list and I could say without a doubt that The drilled pockets on the left of the crack is between a V3-V4. The one that goes up the crack is a V2 and the ones on the slab that face the campsite are V0-V1 with the exception of the one adjacent to the crack. Oct 19, 2017
Petar Chalamov
[Hide Comment] Rly cool! I would say V2/3… May 22, 2018
Pilar Gonzalez
Long Beach
[Hide Comment] I believe if you don't use the crack to the right of the problem then it is a V3/4, however using the crack makes it much easier probably V2/3 Dec 8, 2020