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Curb Service 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Bill Morris, Anita Shore, and Pebby Johns, June 2001.
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Submitted By: Ron Olsen on Aug 27, 2005

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Description 

Curb Service is on a diamond-shaped rock about 75' right of Centennial. There is a parking pullout just below the rock, about 75 yards before you get to Practice Rock. Approach time from the car is less than a minute.

The route follows 4 bolts up the left-center of the rock to the R of Fin.

Power past an overhang by the first bolt (10a), then continue on easier climbing to the second bolt. Don't fall before the second clip or you'll hit the ground. More thin face moves lead to the third bolt. You can finish the climb at 5.9 by moving left toward the arete, climbing up, then back right at the top, or at 5.10d by climbing straight up just left of the third and fourth bolts.

Fun moves, but a few runouts to keep you on your toes.


Protection 

4 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor. There's an easy runout to the 2nd bolt; don't fall before the clip or you'll hit the ground.



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Bruno Hache doing the 10d finish to Curb Service.
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By D. Shaw
Jul 30, 2007
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R

Good quick one on a cold morning - in the sun from the east. Indeed watch the ground fall, which is why I'd say R or S. I'd say 10d straight up from the 2nd bolt, and 10a (R) if you go left. You don't want to fall from out left, before you clip the 3rd bolt, but it is definitely easier that way.

By Mike C. Robinson
From: Rumney, NH
Aug 22, 2007
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

R? what?

By Nick Wilder
Site Landlord
From: The Bubble
Mar 10, 2008
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

I can't see how the move off the ground, straight up past the bolt, is less than 10d, and I would have guessed 11a if I hadn't read about it beforehand. No way it's 9 - no matter what you do at the top of the route.

By Phil Lauffen
From: The Bubble
Apr 11, 2009
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

Maybe PG-13 if you screwed up the second clip and there is good swing potential. Maybe I've been sport climbing too much. A cool line with good position.

By cLohse
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 7, 2009

The first move isn't worse than .10a/b if you can stem your feet and make a controlled move to the horn next to the first bolt. The top section, if you follow the bolt line, feels all of .10d, however. Even clipping the anchors feels a touch tenuous.

By Eldred
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 18, 2011
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

Short and sweet. A 10 second approach! The crux seems to be initially getting onto the rock. Also, you may want to climb left a bit to reach the 4th bolt. Somewhat awkward anchor stance....

By KCP
From: Eldorado Springs, CO
Jul 2, 2013
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13

I agree with Nick, This thing is way harder than 10a right off the deck. From the last bolt to the anchors is solid 10a, moving left and then back right. Don't blow any of the clips.

By Rick Vermeil
From: Boulder, CO
May 3, 2014
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

The lowest part of the flake between the third and fourth bolt blew off on me last night. It was about the size of a football, so luckily my belayer was not hit. This makes that section a bit harder or at least more or a reach to get on the flake. I feel the opening move is still harder, so it doesn't change my rating for it.

By Aidan Multhauf 1
From: Boulder, Colorado
Jul 11, 2014

This is a climb that you want to make it to the third bolt on. I'd say it's a PG-13 until the 3rd bolt. After that, the slab will not harm you. I am a little thrown off by the Wolverine Boulder Canyon guidebook because of its 10a rating. Especially at the crux, I'm convinced it's at least a 10d, maybe even 11a.