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Areas in S-Curves

G-Spot, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
S-Curve - Lower 5 / 16 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 21
S-Curve - New Cliche 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
S-Curve - The Pile 0 / 7 / 0 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
S-Curve - Upper Wall 4 / 12 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16

Description

The S-Curves are the comprehensive area on the north side of Big Cottonwood's token s-curve feature. Containing 4 large and diverse crags, climbing here is steep, mostly bolted and varied in length. With a fairly easy approach and bolts, bolts, bolts, its no surprise the S-Curves draw the crowds. Large enough to accommodate the masses, and wide ranging in grades, most climbers will and have been finding plenty to do here.

With the exception of the cool and shady Pile, most crags here face south and southeast. While S-Curve season is year round, sunny, fall climbing tends to be the best and winter options exist with february being prime.

Getting There

Drive and park in one of the few lots or pull-outs 4.25 miles up the canyon. Cross the highway heading north to find the approach trails. See individual crags for directions.

47 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at S-Curves

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 102
Geronimo
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 38
Skyscraper
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
 71
Urban Sprawl
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 95
Melting Point
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 163
Dog Pile
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 82
Bourbon Street
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 39
City Slave
Sport, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 249
Black Monday
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 45
Ionic Bonding
Sport 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 52
Times Square
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 36
Megalopolis
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 35
Cross Town
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 117
Right Pile
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 25
Pile Surgery
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 67
Left Pile
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Geronimo S-Curve - Upper Wall
 102
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Skyscraper S-Curve - Upper Wall
 38
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Urban Sprawl S-Curve - Upper Wall
 71
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Sport, TR
Melting Point S-Curve - Lower
 95
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Dog Pile S-Curve - The Pile
 163
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Bourbon Street S-Curve - Lower
 82
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
City Slave S-Curve - Lower
 39
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, TR
Black Monday S-Curve - Lower
 249
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Ionic Bonding S-Curve - Lower
 45
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
Times Square S-Curve - Lower
 52
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Megalopolis S-Curve - Upper Wall
 36
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Cross Town S-Curve - Lower
 35
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Right Pile S-Curve - The Pile
 117
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Pile Surgery S-Curve - The Pile
 25
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Left Pile S-Curve - The Pile
 67
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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I found a chalk bag that was left behind at the upper S-curves on last Sunday(3/22/15). Shoot me a text with the description/make of the bag and we'll figure out how to get it back to you.

- Kameron 801-618-5554 Mar 29, 2015
If you are planning to climb at S-Curves or the Pile in Big Cottonwood Canyon this weekend, let us replace the bolts first and pick another spot to climb. Funds raised at the 7th Annual Salt Lake Climbers Alliance Fundraiser Party on June 9th pay for this replacement work. Come out and support. TICKETS: saltlakeclimbers.org/events/


saltlakeclimbers.org/events/ May 20, 2016
Charlie S
Ogden, UT
Charlie S   Ogden, UT
Mega thanks to the SLCA for rebolting the crag with awesome glue-ins! Feb 11, 2018

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