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Curb Service 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [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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Bruno Hache doing the 10d finish to Curb Service.

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    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.


    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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    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 Robinson
    From: Worcester, MA
    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 Ken Cangi
    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: Erie, CO
    May 3, 2014
    rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 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.
    By Tony B
    From: Around Boulder, CO
    Sep 3, 2015
    rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

    If you stay belly to the bolts and right of them, the 3rd bolt to the top is 5.11a or harder. 5.10a if you go left a little, except yeah, a bouldery start.
    By Seb303
    From: Denver, CO
    Sep 19, 2016
    rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13

    10a? Hahhahahaha! Must be a misprint in the guidebook on this one.
    By Greg Barnes
    Apr 27, 2017

    Guidebook typo? 11a off the deck unless you're super strong. Up high it's way harder than 10a if you try to follow the bolts.
    By Emil Briggs
    Jul 27, 2017

    I'm not super strong, and I thought the first move off the deck was 10a/b at the most. The moves up high felt harder to me.

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