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