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S-Curve - Lower

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Alpenbock Route T 
Black Monday S 
Bourbon Street S 
Choir Boy S 
Chorus Line S 
City Slave S,TR 
Clastic Cling S 
Cross Town S 
Gas Chamber S 
Hard Times Variation T 
Ionic Bonding S 
Madison Avenue S 
Mass Wasting S 
Melting Point S 
Not Much T 
Old Route T 
Red Light District S 
Skid Row Variation S,TR 
Times Square S 
Tres Facile T 
Unknown S 

S-Curve - Lower Rock Climbing 

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The S-Curve Area in all of its late-fall glory!


This is the main wall that everyone means when they say S-Curve Area. There are 30+ climbs from 5.6 to 5.13d (the hardest route in BCC according to Ruckman). If you're looking for hard sport climbs, this is the place to go. This area is very overhanging and the rock is hard quartzite with lots of angles. The wall is south/west facing so has some good morning shade. The right (east) end of the wall has some shade trees as well. Almost all routes can be descended with a single rope, though most of the two-pitch routes require two rappels. Ruckman gives 3 stars to Dog Eat Dog (.13d) and Black Monday (.11d). Check it out!

Getting There 

From the digital sign at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, drive 4.25 miles up canyon until the very obvious S-Curve in the road. There is a small parking lot and also room to park along the side of the road. Follow the Mill B North Fork trail on the north side of the road to the third swithback where a climber's trail branches off to the east to the base of the wall. Approach is about 5 minutes. Enjoy the stacked-rock figures scattered throughout the area (enhanced cairns??).

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.4 miles from here

21 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in S-Curve - Lower

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for S-Curve - Lower:
Alpenbock Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Melting Point   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
City Slave   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
Bourbon Street   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Ionic Bonding   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 2 pitches, 120'   
Times Square   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Black Monday   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Gas Chamber   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 80'   
Mass Wasting   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 80'   
Cross Town   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Red Pointing!!

Black Monday 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  UT : Wasatch Range : ... : S-Curve - Lower
One of the funnest, steepest, most popular routes in the canyon. I worked this several years ago on a bet...which I eventually won by redpointing the route. Surprised myself that I could still do the moves, if not the whole route (yet). Super clean falls on well tested bolts. Clipping the bolt at the lip and pulling over on the slopers is the crux. This route is way overchalked and needs a serious scrubbing!!! Bring a brush and a squirt bottle for when you're done!...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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