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.
Weather station 4.4 miles from here
15 Total Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',2]
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Red Faction 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c CO
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: ... : Narrows Proper
This is right of two sport routes in this part of the Narrows. From the hump at the top of the corridor, descend the slippery, nasty slope toward the road. This climb takes the line of 8 bolts up the middle of the diamond-shaped face on your right, about 70 feet down from the hump.Boulder up a faint right-facing corner (5.10+) until you can stretch left for a jug and make the first clip, about 20 feet up. (I meant to put in a lower first bolt, but didn't want to interfere with an already establi...[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.