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Elevation: 8,000'
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Submitted By: James Garrett on Nov 19, 2007
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Description 

The Puzzle is a west-facing slab about 400m above the Butterface routes. It continues to receive sun quite late in the day, but is prone to more wind than lower down in the gully. As a consolation prize, one captures amazing views into upper Hogum Fork and Thunder Ridge. A Hogum Fork perspective is actually pretty rare in Little Cottonwood Canyon and this is the place to ogle it.
While ascending the steepening gully, The Puzzle is just below a very large Chockstone wedged into the narrow sides of the slide path. To go further or to pass this would require some 3rd class climbing, so if you encounter this section, The Puzzle is just to your right!


Getting There 

Hike up the great trail in Maybird Slide Area past the Purple Wall and The Butterface Buttress. This is up a boulder field in at times, a narrow gully and the going is a bit more tenuous than up to the lower crags. Luke Douglas and Greg Martinez and others surely deserve the credit for a 15 minute well cairned trail to these lower climbs.

Continue about 15 more minutes and approx 400m directly up the gully. This upper approach section can be prone to spontaneous rock fall, so please take your breaks in sheltered sections of the added approach.

Climbing Season

For the Maybird Slide Area area.

Weather station 4.3 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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Rock Climbing Photo: The Puzzle from down gully about 100 feet away

Conundrum 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Utah : Wasatch Range : ... : The Puzzle
After viewing it from afar and then while approaching it, I initially thought we'd be disappointed. We were surprised to find a fun granite slab with thought provoking moves. Unlike many LCC slab climbs that may contain hard pure friction and repetitve movement from chickenhead to chickenhead, this rock has many features. It becomes steeper than it appears from below. As it is more fractured, you will encounter some cracks that easily accept gear as well. Pitch #1: Not all that homogenous ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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