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Pocket of Pain (sit start variations) 

Hueco: V3-4 Font: 6A+

Type:  Boulder, 14'
Original:  Hueco: V3-4 Font: 6A+ [details]
FA: Arseny Pekurovsky? FA barefoot: Alex Oenes
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Submitted By: Nathan Migdal on Jul 3, 2009

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Shawn on the sit start.


First things first: This description needed revising, so here goes. The V3 approach is sit starting off a small pocket (using any other holds within reach to assist) and climbing straight up, only to move right along a gritty shelf near the top to a solid finish. For a stronger burn, start off traversing right from the pocket then gradually upwards to end on the same topout holds as before (V4). This approach goes under the best crimps and uses only the right edge of the grit shelf for hands. An all-around straightforward problem worthy of a little hype, Pocket of Pain puts your contact strength to the test and reveals any flaws (don't I know it) in one's big reach climbing technique. Godspeed to you all.


East on the big rock. Look for a mouth-sized pocket close to the ground.


crashpad and maybe some climbing tape in case the flappers come out to play.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Pocket of Pain, first move.
Pocket of Pain, first move.
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A slightly more artistic perspective
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By Blake K
From: Carrboro, NC
Oct 20, 2009
rating: V3 6A

Definitely on my to-do list. I did the start last weekend with the uRock friends... hopefully we can get a warm enough weekend between now & next summer to finish it off
By mjwieland
Mar 17, 2012
rating: V4-5 6B+

Have touched these two route two days in 2012. I am new to Louisville, but this route should possibly move to V4-V5.
By Blake K
From: Carrboro, NC
Nov 19, 2012
rating: V3 6A

I did the sit-start direct finish yesterday afternoon. I think that finish deserves a solid v3 (maaaaybe v3+) rating, however I could see how in warm weather it could jump to v4.

I gave it 4 stars because I think it's the best start on the whole boulder.
By jon bender
From: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov 10, 2015

Not quite sure what I did here. Is this the direct, or one of the sit starts? First move felt like a move, sorry for the bad camera angle.

By Wilson On The Drums
From: Woodbury, MN
Nov 10, 2015

^ that's the "direct" line. i think its V1 in the guidebook but V2 (or harder) felt appropriate.
By Kyle Ellefson
From: Lakeville, MN
May 8, 2017

I just sent the direct route this morning at 6:30am. This is definitely my favorite climb at the swamp boulder so far!

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