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S-Curve - Lower 

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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??).

20 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for S-Curve - Lower:
Melting Point   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Madison Avenue   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
City Slave   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
Clastic Cling   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 110'   
Bourbon Street   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Ionic Bonding   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 2 pitches, 120'   
Black Monday   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Times Square   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Cross Town   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Mass Wasting   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 80'   
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Red Pointing!!

Black Monday 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 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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The western end of the lower S-Curve Wall
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