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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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Slice and Dice 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b CO : Carbondale Area : ... : The Front Porch
Easy climbing on big holds leads to the short, but quality headwall with a good, sustained crux of technical climbing and powerful moves. This route probably deserves 2-1/2 stars, but not 3 as it's not quite as classic as the other routes on The Front Porch. Don't be alarmed by the name as the route is clean and enjoyable. The name comes from a rather memorable bout with loose rock at the top of the cliff while establishing this climb and Choss Warfare....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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