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Brown Cloud Rocks
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Anti-viral T,TR 
Ark, The T 
Axis of Weasels T 
Baggins' Blunt Arete T,TR 
Big Dihedral T,TR 
Bolted Line S 
Brown Cloud ArÍte S,TR 
Bullet The Brown Cloud S 
Chimney T 
Crack T,TR 
Crack (2 left of Interface) T 
Crack (right of Interface) T 
Crack/Chimney T,TR 
Deck Chairs on the Titanic S,TR 
Interface aka Slab Left S,TR 
Iraqi Road T 
John Adams' Adams Apple T,TR 
Kid's Climb S,TR 
Killian's Dead T,TR 
Louise S,TR 
Louise Arete TR 
New River Gorge Homesick Blues S 
Of Sound Mind and Body T 
Old Roof Route aka Lemons, Limes, and Tangerines S,TR 
Pee Into the Wind T 
Pee on Dee S,TR 
Pee on Me T 
Protection From the Virus S,TR 
Punkin Puss & Mushmouse aka Bow of the Titanic S 
Retro-Crack T 
Right of Interface T 
Solo Route aka Life Raft TR 
Tenacious S,TR 
Thelma S,TR 
Thick Crust T 
Tiny Face T,TR 
Tiny Pillar TR 
Top Rope Face (aka Rising Passion) S,TR 
Unknown Crack T,TR 
Unknown Crack (Right of The Virus) T 
Unknown left of Left Slab T 
Unknown Route S 
Variation to The Virus T,S 
Virus, The S 
Volobee (aka Jolobee) S 
Wide Crack T,TR 
Windy Days S,TR 
Ypsilon T,TR 
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Brown Cloud ArÍte 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10- French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Unknown
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Submitted By: Michael Komarnitsky on Jan 1, 2001

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Climb the pillar just left of Pee on Dee, about 15 yards west of Deck Chairs on the Titanic. Wimps and leaders can go left around and up to the ledge, and clip the first bolt. Otherwise, start directly on the arete. Move up to the ledge above the first bolt, and then continue on the right side of the face.

Addendum: over the years, this route has gotten fairly polished.


4 bolts to a 2 hanger anchor. One of the anchors has a chain link on it. Though the route goes up the right side of the arÍte, you can climb around the left of the bulge for an easier way to get to the first bolt.

Addendum: you can use a blue Alien to protect before the 1st bolt.

Photos of Brown Cloud ArÍte Slideshow Add Photo
Quinn Stevens cranks out the lead.
Quinn Stevens cranks out the lead.
Troy Halm leading the route.
Troy Halm leading the route.
Same (5 of 6).
Same (5 of 6).
Jen working through the crux moves.
Jen working through the crux moves.
Mark (I believe) enjoys the day and the route.
Mark (I believe) enjoys the day and the route.
Canadian enjoying this sweet line.
Canadian enjoying this sweet line.
Same (4 of 6).
Same (4 of 6).
Myke again.  Note the typical Table Mountain solit...
Myke again. Note the typical Table Mountain solit...
Same (6 of 6).
Same (6 of 6).
Same (3 of 6).
Same (3 of 6).
Myke Komarnitsky working the lower arete, a slight...
Myke Komarnitsky working the lower arete, a slight...
Same (2 of 6).
Same (2 of 6).

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By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
May 12, 2003
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I avoided this area for the better part of a decade after having to belly-kick the G*$D@*! dogs that got in a fight over MY lunch on top of the rope on which my partner was attached to the other end and leading. I only saw one dog fight yesterday, but saw tons of $hit on the trails and at the base. This climb is an OK climb... better than some others in the area, not as good as others. Seriously though, I think it's one star. I didn't go home and call my friends up and tell them about this great route they had to go do.... More like they ask me about the area, and I shrug and say "that one's better than some others- at least it was over 30 feet tall. "As for the grade, of the 10 routes at Table yesterday, I found the 10s/11s to be closer to the mark for grades (the 8s-9s that I did seemed inflated). This particular route though seemed very easy at the grade and not much (any?) harder than Deck Chairs On the Titanic. Heck, Bullet the Brown CLoud spit me off and seemed hard for 5.11a. Obviously it's not the whole area, but this route particularly seemed overgraded.
By Paul Sampson
Aug 3, 2004
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

This route is worth doing if you're in the area. The moves won't blow you away, but they're not bad either. I also agree with Tony that the rating is pretty soft.
By Armin
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
Apr 18, 2010
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Hey if you don't like Homo Hill (as I've heard some people call it), then don't climb there. More room for me to log my pre-work pump laps. Not my top place to go if I have the entire day off, but with a short drive from my house and quick clips, it's like going to the gym, only free.
By Ben Cassedy
From: Denver, CO
Apr 18, 2010
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Easier and much better than This Ain't Naturita around the corner. I thought it was fun moves on good rock, so I gave it three stars. If you thought this was going to be comparable to Joshua Tree, then you shouldn't be rating routes (or typing on computers) in the first place.
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