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Along with the Narrows Proper (aka The Notch), The Front Porch has the best rock at the Narrows and almost every route here is excellent. The cliff is also the closest to the road and it may be the closest climbing to Carbondale. The cliff receives morning sun and there is a high concentration of well-bolted climbs, perfect for an after work jaunt or an all-day excursion. Currently, there are 7 completed routes and another route, Geeks in Tight Shoes, close by. The view from the base of the cliff makes for a great setting, with the Crystal River below and the teetering towers of choss across the river. Often, you'll see herds of bighorn sheep grazing in the valley below, particularly in the early spring and late fall. The Front Porch also dries off early after rainstorms.
When hiking up the Narrows approach trail, The Front Porch is the first cliff on your right. There is a large boulder where the trail splits, right to The Front Porch, and left to the rest of the climbing at the Narrows. The approach takes 5 to 10 minutes.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Front Porch:
Choss Warfare 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Party At Your Mama's House 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Slice and Dice 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Cleanup Hitter 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Back From The Dead 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
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Back From The Dead 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c CO : Carbondale : ... : The Front Porch
This route is the direct start of Cleanup Hitter, joining that route after the third bolt. It was originally cleaned, partially bolted and then abandoned in favor of Cleanup Hitter. After working out the moves and bolt placements, it was brought "back from the dead" and added to the menu of fine climbs at the Front Porch.Climb on good, gray rock directly above a tree stump. At the second bolt make a difficult move through an overlap; locking off on a good edge...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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