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The Front Porch

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Back From The Dead S 
Choss Warfare S 
Cleanup Hitter S 
Geeks in Tight Shoes T 
Girdle on the Porch S 
One Step Closer S 
Party At Your Mama's House S 
Punchin' The Clock S 
Slice and Dice S 
Woober's First Time S 

The Front Porch  


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Description 

Along with the Narrows Proper (aka The Notch), The Front Porch has the best rock at the Narrows and almost every route here is excellent. The cliff is also the closest to the road and it may be the closest climbing to Carbondale. The cliff receives morning sun and there is a high concentration of well-bolted climbs, perfect for an after work jaunt or an all-day excursion. Currently, there are 7 completed routes and another route, Geeks in Tight Shoes, close by. The view from the base of the cliff makes for a great setting, with the Crystal River below and the teetering towers of choss across the river. Often, you'll see herds of bighorn sheep grazing in the valley below, particularly in the early spring and late fall. The Front Porch also dries off early after rainstorms.

Getting There 

When hiking up the Narrows approach trail, The Front Porch is the first cliff on your right. There is a large boulder where the trail splits, right to The Front Porch, and left to the rest of the climbing at the Narrows. The approach takes 5 to 10 minutes.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.4 miles from here

10 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',3],['5.11',5],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=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 The Front Porch:
Choss Warfare   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Party At Your Mama's House   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Slice and Dice   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Cleanup Hitter   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Back From The Dead   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Featured Route For The Front Porch
My dad (Lynn Sanson) sending it!

Party At Your Mama's House 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  CO : Carbondale Area : ... : The Front Porch
Party At Your Mama's House is a fine climb featuring big holds and steep climbing. As one climber noted, "I've never been so pumped on a 5.10!" The climb shares the start and first bolt with Punchin' the Clock and then moves right to clip the second bolt, which is situated by a small pine sapling on a small ledge. The ledge serves as a great jug to clip from although some may prefer to stick clip the second bolt. From there, continue the jug haul to the chains and enjoy!...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Michael Schneiter
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
Nov 14, 2007
There is a topo for the majority of the climbs at the Front Porch on splitterchoss.com. Here's the link. Enjoy.
By david goldstein
Jun 30, 2008
The routes on the left left side offer some engaging climbing with thoughtful, intricate sequences, but they are quite squeezed -- on every pitch there are points where you wonder if you've drifted onto an adjacent climb.
By BJ Sbarra
From: Carbondale, CO
Jul 1, 2008
Several do share the same starts/finishes, but we felt they climbed differently enough. Your mileage may vary. It's local choss, we do what we can...hope you had fun!