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Routes in Narrows Proper

Art of Breaking, The S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Cantaloupe S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Cement Garden, The T,TR 5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c R
Chiroptophobia T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Choss Ninja S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Fudge Judge T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a X
Jenga Buttress Crack aka 10a Crack T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Other People's Crack T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R
PWTHFRWDLGS T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a X
People's Crack T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
People's Rebolt T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Red Faction S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Screwheads S 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Sloppy Seconds S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Snap, Crackle, Pop T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Village Idiot, The T,S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
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Description

This is the main hang at the Narrows, with the cleanest rock and the longest pitches. It's essentially a 20-foot-wide corridor with water-polished granite walls on either side. There is one sport route here and the rest is trad. All the routes have bolt anchors. Bring a 60-meter rope.

The main drawback is that the southeast side of the corridor, over the little hump and facing the highway, is very steep and slidey. Your best bet is to leave all your stuff on the little hump, using it as basecamp, and then access the routes from there.

I haven't seen any spontaneous rockfall in this zone, but it could happen. A helmet isn't a bad idea.

Getting There

Follow the approach trail as described for the Narrows area overall. About 20 minutes up the trail, you'll dead end right below a nice, 90-foot-tall slender buttress with little seams up red granite. Head right under this buttress and across talus, aiming for the obvious corridor 100 feet away, to the southeast.

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The 2008 edition of the Rifle guidebook, which includes the Narrows, indicates a 70 meter rope is required to lower off some of the prouder lines in this area, including Village Idiot. Jun 30, 2008
D-Storm  
Bring a helmet for the belayer! The climbing is fun, but wedged blocks are everywhere, and there's nowhere to hide in the narrow corridor. Sep 28, 2010
I have scouted this area twice in the last month and there seems to be at least 10 to 15 fully bolted sport routes that have gone up since the information on this page has been last updated. I intend to slowly update with new routes as life permits. May 29, 2015
Alvaro Arnal
Aspen, CO
Alvaro Arnal   Aspen, CO  
Thanks, Dana! All the new routes in the Narrows (and across the Western Slope) will be included in the new guidebook that's "hopefully" coming out this fall. May 29, 2015
BJ Sbarra
Carbondale, CO
BJ Sbarra   Carbondale, CO
Fall might be ambitious, but we'll see! Also, Dana, there are around 120 routes at the Narrows with not even 50 listed here. Happy exploring! May 29, 2015

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