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As you enter the Upper Narrows from the west on CO Highway 14, this west-facing slab comes prominently into view. Its low-angle and well-featured nature allows one to climb almost anywhere on its face. Unlike some of the other rock in the Poudre Canyon, the cracks tend to take better gear although there are still some run-out sections depending on the section of wall. Nothing here would be considered classic - there is no East Slab of the Dome or Calypso - yet it has enough value for the beginning trad leader to potentially reward their time. At a minimum, you are climbing in a beautiful canyon without the approach of Greyrock, and are almost guaranteed to be by yourself. It gets early morning shade in the summer until about 10:30, and late afternoon sun in the winter. In the summer, watch for rattlesnakes in portions of the approach gully.

The history of this rock is unclear. I have listed three representative and independent lines that cover much of the face. I will update any information if corrected.

Getting There 

Take the usual Podure Canyon approach by heading west on CO Highway 14 off of US 287. Mile marker 103 indicates the start of the Upper Narrows. Wind your way through this wonderful section, and just as the canyon begins to open again there will be a sign for a Slow Vehicle Pullout on the right. Pull in at this pullout and make a U-turn heading back down the canyon. Look for a very obvious large pullout on the right, and park. The crag photo was taken from this location. Walk about 100 yards (east) down the highway and hike up an obvious gully below the wall. The total approach time from the car is about 10-15 minutes. It is also possible to park in a tiny pullout just west of the bottom of this gully, but the way the truckers bomb up and down this section of highway, that may not be the best idea for your car.

Descend by walking a bit up and north (or left as you face the rock) to the obvious gully, shown as a dashed line on the crag photo.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.8 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Sean following up the second pitch.

Right Edge 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  Colorado : Fort Collins : ... : Narrowslab
P1. Climb up the groove (Superlight Rocks/small brass and tiny Aliens/cams) past the crux (5.6) to the horn. Move up easier rock (more tiny gear) to a ledge. Place a 0.75 Camalot and take the slab right of the tree in the obvious corner (the seams take good Aliens and SL rocks) to a nice ledge (1 and 3 Camalots). P2. There is a nice looking but short (6-foot) finger crack on the left. Take this (5.5, perfect stoppers) to easier climbing up the groove with good Aliens in undercling flakes. Contin...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Amanda Crawford
From: Fort Collins, CO
May 15, 2017
The approach is an underutilized talus field and adds to the adventure. It took longer than 15 minutes as we carefully navigated the very loose rocks. The rock quality on the climbs was questionable. On the 2nd pitch of Center Route, my partner dislodged a "basketball"-sized rock and just ended up setting it off to the side, since there were three climbers below him, and the rock was fairly low angle. He left the loose, "lawnmower"-sized rock there. Also some loose spots on Dark Flow.

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