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Narrows Proper

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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 
PWTHFRWDLGS T 
Red Faction S 
Screwheads S 
Sloppy Seconds S 
Snap, Crackle, Pop T 
Village Idiot, The T,S 
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BETA PHOTO: The Narrows Corridor.

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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15 Total Routes


['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',6],['5.11',2],['5.12',1],['5.13',3],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated 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 Art of Breaking   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Snap, Crackle, Pop   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
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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Jenga Butress Crack is the wide crack on the right side.

Jenga Buttress Crack aka 10a Crack 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CO : Carbondale Area : ... : Narrows Proper
This is a fun route that, at a full 30 meters long, has plenty of varied climbing in its length. As you enter the corridor, walking uphill toward the hump, you'll notice a very clean, glassy wall (The Cement Garden, 5.13) on your left. The 5.10a Crack is just past this glassy panel, and is the long, semi-diagonalling (right to left) crack line splitting the buttress about 15 feet left of a junky corner.Climb somewhat silty moves off the deck in a faint corner, then step left onto a ...[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.

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.