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North Face Center 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

   
Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 220'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7+ French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Layton Kor, Chuck Naylor, 1959
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Submitted By: Michael Komarnitsky on Jan 1, 2001

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Ben leading North Face Center, Cob Rock.

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Description 

2 pitches.

P1. Start at base of North face between 2 huge boulders, go up crack and after 50 feet continue in crack system to the right....keep going until you reach a small pillar just over the right edge of a huge right facing corner...belay here.

P2. Head up hand crack that curves right (tricky crux, flared jams) then heads straight up to summit. You can avoid this crux finish and from the belay go left up huge V-slot (5.0) to summit, but why?

Protection 

Standard rack.


Photos of North Face Center Slideshow Add Photo
Traverse to get to Cob Rock
Traverse to get to Cob Rock
Eric at the base of the start. The person up higher is falling backwards off the route.
Eric at the base of the start. The person up highe...
North Face Center From Blob Rock.
North Face Center From Blob Rock.
Coming up to a great belay perch about 110' up.
Coming up to a great belay perch about 110' up.
Leif is getting tired and grumpy, starting second pitch.
Leif is getting tired and grumpy, starting second ...
This is the V-notch exit from the belay.  It is easy (although I would call it more than 5.0) and saves the crack finish for Empor.
BETA PHOTO: This is the V-notch exit from the belay. It is ea...
Cob Rock, First Pitch 50 feet up.
Cob Rock, First Pitch 50 feet up.
Christa Cline leading the crux hand crack on the first pitch.
Christa Cline leading the crux hand crack on the f...
Clint Locks on top of second pitch of North Face Center.
Clint Locks on top of second pitch of North Face C...
Don Owens stepping right to gain the first belay ledge ~10 feet above him. Note how well the crack takes pro on the first pitch.
Don Owens stepping right to gain the first belay l...
BETA PHOTO
Peter Dillon nearing the airy belay pedestal at the end of the first pitch.
Peter Dillon nearing the airy belay pedestal at th...
On the first pitch, looking down.
On the first pitch, looking down.
Lee sends N Face Center p2
Lee sends N Face Center p2
Near the top of the first pitch.
BETA PHOTO: Near the top of the first pitch.

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By Anonymous Coward
Sep 25, 2001

The first pitch is a nice, long, sustained 5.7 with lot's of gear opportunities. The second pitch intersects with Empor and can cause some belaying difficulty if the 5.7+ finish is selected since you have to climb down slightly from the belay before heading to the top.
By Scott Conner
From: Lyons, CO
May 1, 2002

Climbed this again yesterday. Combined with the last Empor pitch I think it's easily 3 stars. The first pitch has a few .7 moves but is mostly 5.6, I think. Great apres-work climb as the approach takes about 1.5 minutes. Fun beginner lead.
By Chris Mueller
May 8, 2002

Great climb. I'd give this 3 stars and go as far as suggesting that it's a better line than Empor. The entire climb follows a broken crack system making this one of the longer (and probably best) 5.7 cracks in BC. Perfect jams are available for almost the entire route (assuming you do the 7+ finish). The first pitch is a nice warm up with a few 5.7 moves. The second pitch is more sustained with great pro the whole way up. Watch out for parties on Empor, though, as you might have to wait for them to pass(as we did).
By Legs Magillicutty
From: Littleton
May 28, 2002

Pitch 1 was excellent, however, some idiots decided to jump on the belay ledge with me as my partner was on his way up pitch 2. Personally, I would have stopped about 15' feet below to build my anchor on the larger ledge if I saw another party up there. I ran into quite a bit of loose rock (big ones) on pitch 2. All in all, a great climb. Great views of the canyon and surrounding rock.
By Brendan Sheehan
Jun 24, 2002

On a humorous note, this route is approaching sport climb status with 4-5 stuck piece of gear and a piton or two........ Rack: QDs, there's s*** stuck all the way up the crack...... Seriously though, it's one of the best routes in Boulder Canyon in my opinion.
By Scott Thompson
Aug 10, 2002

A fine route! A couple 5.7 moves with great rests. Gear: I didnt use anything larger than a 2 camalot (save for one #10 hex). Theres a great exposed belay on the arete at the top of pitch one (dont go into v-slot). This eases rope drag and allows you to see your partner, and theres no belay difficulties if parties are on empor (always). if you opt for the original finish instead of empor finish, you can: climb the exposed arete just above this belay, or jump into the easy corner. at the top of the corner, finish with a short finger crack (about 8 feet left of the bolt line).
By Anonymous Coward
Sep 1, 2003

This route has a very large, somewhat loose rock on it at the little ledge (an arete of sorts to the left) where one might set up their first belay. Be cautious of this rock! It is set well (it's been there for thousands of years) but you'll see what I mean if you are trying to place gear in it. Cheers. Brian W
By William McGehee
From: Choctaw, OK
Oct 11, 2003
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Climbed this line today, starting around 2 pm. Getting a little cold on the north face. The whole formation was in the shade when we showed up. Great route, three stars. Remember that the Empor link-up goes at 5.7+ easily. I spent a week in Indian Creek and this still gave me a challenge. My girlfriend had to French Free it near the top. Keep that in mind for a second with intermediate hand strength (cupping hands).
By Michael Kullman
Jun 14, 2004
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

I think this is definitely on par with Empor in terms of overall quality and difficulty, a very enjoyable climb. I agree with the comment about Cob Rock being a gear graveyard, there is fixed gear (stoppers, TCUs, etc.) all over the place ;-)
By Matt Chan
From: Boulder
Jun 14, 2004
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Yeah, mucho fun at the grade. Right on par with other BC 7s like Cozyhang, The Owl, and Standard Route. I would recommend bringing double #2 Camalots and at least one #3 if you want to feel well protected on the stellar final pitch.
By Michael J Yarros
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jul 7, 2004
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Very nice route. Finished the second pitch by going up the arete (instead of the V-slot) to the final short crack to the top. Like the above comments there is plenty of "gear" to clip into. First time climbing in Boulder Canyon, Great climb.
By Charlie Fried
From: New York, NY
Jun 19, 2006

This climb is a lot of fun.
By Scott Edlin
From: boulder, co
Jun 19, 2006
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

I led this in three pitches. Pitch one was to the first ledge, just after stepping right (could have gone to the second ledge a bit further up). Pitch two was up and onto the arete, belayed at the top of the arete. Pitch three (short) was up the crack 8' left of the bolt line. Done this way, I found the crux to be on pitch two, moving into the flared wide crack just above a piton with mediocre feet and non-positive hands.
By Stephanovich
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 10, 2007

Climbed on 5/15/07 and enjoyed it lots, I recommend this route.
By kevinnlong
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 18, 2007
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

This is a fantastic route with some exposure, long (sustained) climbing, and quality rock!

Don't be fooled by the grade; it makes you earn a 5.7. The crux for me on the second pitch was quite dicey as the feet seemed mediocre. Once I committed, the moves went cleanly.

Have fun.
By Marty Combs
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 29, 2011
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Next time I climb this I'm going to bring a 70 meter rope and make it one, long, mind-blowing pitch of 5.7. It might even be possible with a 60 meter especially if you are comfortable with a few moves of simul-climbing.
By farkas.time
From: Sheffield, SY
Aug 14, 2011
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Excellent climb. First pitch is sustained fun. Second is awesome, but I was very scared. I recommend doubles in larger cams (#2BD, I think) for the zig-zag...that or fiddle with hexes (blah). I didn't have cams and felt pure terror as I dashed for the top. Also, confidence with hand and fist jams is a plus. This was harder than 5.7 for me.

I don't recommend doing it in one pitch -- starting up the zig-zag with rope drag would be a...drag.
By Robert Buswold
From: Longmont, CO
Sep 11, 2011

Fun, easy handcrack for the start, to more fun, thinner finger cracks later on.
By Justin Brunson
From: Broomfield CO
May 7, 2014
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Full value 5.7. Direct finish feels like modern 5.8 and is easily the best part of the route.