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Universal Socket (aka The Pocket Problem) 

Hueco: V6 Font: 7A

Type:  Boulder, 18'
Original:  Hueco: V6 Font: 7A [details]
FA: Brett Meyers
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Submitted By: Tristan Perry on Dec 28, 2007

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Begin by traversing a horizontal crack system to gain a series of good, incut monos (or two-finger pockets). Yard up on these odd holds, taking care to use the right sequence. Make a long, committing move to the left arete on a rounded sloping hold. Then make another big move way off the deck to the positive holds at the top. There could be cosequences to a fall here. Mantle.


Underneath some bolted route, by a cave on a hill of Devil's Den



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Rock Climbing Photo: pocket problem
pocket problem
Rock Climbing Photo: the pocket problem
the pocket problem
Rock Climbing Photo: the pocket problem
the pocket problem
Rock Climbing Photo: Approaching the pockets (sockets)
Approaching the pockets (sockets)
Rock Climbing Photo: such a cool looking problem
such a cool looking problem

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By Lanky
From: Tired
Mar 24, 2010
rating: V5 6C

Nice problem. The pockets are definitely not monos, and one of them is more like a crimp than a pocket, but they're still cool and unusual features (especially for NE granite). There are also decent holds on the arete below the key spot. Most of the difficulty of the problems lies in committing to the last move.
By Christian Prellwitz
From: Telluride, CO
Nov 16, 2013
rating: V6+ 7A

While the committing last move is definitely the mental crux, this problem is still physically challenging and definitely deserving of the v6 grade (on the harder side in my opinion). It climbs more like a route, with no real defined crux, but lots of sustained difficulty.

Either way, it's an excellent climb and worth doing if you can confidently climb that grade.

Footage of this problem begins at 0:10

By Grodzki Grodzki
From: Chattanooga, TN
Nov 29, 2014
rating: V6 7A

Here's a cool video edit of my friend Nick Foster and I climbing "Universal Socket" a few weeks back. If you haven't tried it yet, get out there! Its a classic!

Video & Editing by Nick Foster
By Tristan Baldwin
From: Amherst, NH
Dec 27, 2014
rating: V6+ 7A

The feet for the traverse are terrible. I felt like near the end of the traverse was the crux, up high is scary but not particularly difficult

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