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Art of Breaking, The S 
Cantaloupe S 
Cement Garden, The T,TR 
Chiroptophobia T 
Choss Ninja S 
Fudge Judge T 
Jenga Buttress Crack aka 10a Crack T 
Other People's Crack T 
People's Crack T 
People's Rebolt T 
Red Faction S 
Screwheads S 
Sloppy Seconds S 
Snap, Crackle, Pop T 
Village Idiot, The T,S 
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Narrows Proper Rock Climbing 

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BETA PHOTO: The Narrows Corridor.


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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.4 miles from here

16 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',2]

Classic Climbing Routes in Narrows Proper

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Narrows Proper:
People's Crack   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
Jenga Buttress Crack aka 10a Crack   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
The Village Idiot   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   
Red Faction   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Start of The Cement Garden.  It follows the steppe...

The Cement Garden 5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c Colorado : Carbondale Area : ... : Narrows Proper
This route climbs the spider-webbed, paralleling seams up the glassy panel of rock on your left when you first enter the corridor. It sort of looks like a cracked sidewalk turned vertically, hence the name (also inspired by the Ian McEwan book). After the glassy panel the route more or less hugs the arete feature at the border of the good rock (on the right) and the shattered junk-blocks (on the left).The route starts just uphill from the lone tree in the corridor, and can easily be toproped by ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By david goldstein
Jun 30, 2008
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.
By D-Storm
Sep 28, 2010
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.
By Dana Piombino
May 29, 2015
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.
By Alvaro Arnal
From: Aspen, CO
May 29, 2015
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.
By BJ Sbarra
From: Carbondale, CO
May 29, 2015
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!

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