Excellent climb up steep pocketed face. Great holds, fun moves, sustained with one good rest.
West-facing wall at right end of Upper Pond West. Just around corner from monster overhang.
Bolts & shuts
January 2007 freezing-my-ass-off lead...
Me on Pocket Puzzle, a great 10a at The Pond. Pho...
Lindsey Pearson on Pocket Puzzle, the Pond.
Pocket Puzzle - The Day - The Exposure - The Life ...
The route in its entirety and a bit of the scene y...
some guys from Boston we met while climbing on 10/...
Friend Mike Brewer climbing Pocket Puzzle, getting...
11/27/2011 C. Mancini
Tim on lead.
On my way up this fun route
From: Oakland CA
Nov 26, 2008
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
This is a terrific, fun and pumpy climb! Great pockets and good length.
From: West Saint Paul, MN
Mar 5, 2009
Great climb, very sustained and no real rest spots. I'd guess it was about 75 feet to the anchors. The anchors are not shuts though, just chain.
Getting the first bolt really sets the tone for the route but once you get past that it makes the rest seem much more doable.
Also try the route just to the right of this "Arete Horizon" it is pretty equal in difficulty and equal in the fun category as well.
|By Pete Hickman|
From: Tacoma, WA
May 18, 2009
Awesome climb! There are big holds all the way up but it is steep and has a bulge at the top. A lot of the lower grade climbs are much thinner than this one, only it requires endurance.
Dec 21, 2010
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
I suppose if QC has a route that deserves the "classic" classification, this is it.
Feb 28, 2011
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
We thougth this route to be two (2) letter grades harder then the route to the right even tho they're rated the same. Still in all,
it's one of our favorite warm ups and have been doing it for years.
|By manuel rangel|
From: Tempe, Arizona
May 18, 2012
I agree, it has to be harder than 10a!
Feb 27, 2013
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