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High Pockets 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 45'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
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Submitted By: Jay Samuelson on Mar 10, 2009

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BETA PHOTO: The hardware seen here at the left side of the pho...


High Pockets is a nice break from the sharp crimps and tiny pockets usually offered at Shelf, this one is littered with jugs and good pockets most of the way. This is somewhat atypical climbing for Shelf, a fun and interesting route.


It is located near the north end of the wall, it's the last route (I believe) before the trail cuts across the gully to the east side of sand gulch. It's the only bolted route around, on the right side of a rounded prow.


6 bolts.

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By WSue
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Sep 12, 2010

This route lost some hand/foot holds today that were located about half way up the route on the left side. Large rock & dangerously loose, the foot holds were trembling beneath our feet. They were knocked off the route during a climb. Not sure if it compromises the grade.
By Tom R
From: Denver, CO
Sep 13, 2010

That was a frightening amount of rock that came off, Wendy. One block easily weighed more than 100 lbs. I'm glad nobody was hurt. I don't know that it will be harder now, but the rockfall did eliminate a rest stance.
By Mitch Musci
From: Estes Park, CO
Apr 11, 2011

The hardware on this route consists of smallish wedge bolts with old school/homemade bolt hangers. The bolted anchor is the same and quite rusty. Definitely in need of an update.
By Will Sharp
From: Breck, CO
Apr 22, 2013

As of April 2013, this route has been completely, and thoughtfully, re-bolted including the finish hardware. D'Antonio's guidebook has it as 5.12 which is a mis-print. It is 5.11.
By Tzilla Rapdrilla
Apr 26, 2013
rating: 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

One of the top anchors was provided courtesy of ASCA - many thanks to them. The rest of the hardware was supplied by the Devil's Head Crew (Rampart Range Rocks guidebook). Additionally, more loose blocks were cleaned, some probably loosened by the big chunk that came off not too long ago. Everything should be pretty solid now, but it's still best to not stand directly under the climber on this one, & you won't when you belay anyway as the climb angles a bit. Finally, thanks to Bob for spotting this great line in the first place.
By ZachS00
From: Denver, CO
Jan 27, 2014

Got on this line for the first time in 5 years. Really psyched to see new hardware. Thanks, ASCA.
By Taketaketaketaketake ....take
From: Colorado Springs
Apr 5, 2016

Fun climbing! This is actually my favorite climb at the contest wall so far. Non-stop great holds except for one sequence at the crux which feels pretty easy once you figure it out. Very well bolted too.
From: Wherever we park!
Oct 17, 2016
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Great route. Short, but pumpy and fun. Nice shiny new bolts. First bolt isn't really necessary.

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