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Brownstone Wall

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Armatron T 
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Cat Scratch Fever T 
High Anxiety T 
Hourglass Diversion T 
Hueco Thanks T 
J + J Swerve T 
Mayday Malefactor T 
Nightcrawler, The T,S 
Peanut Brittle T 
Pegg Leg T 
Pro Choice T 
Pro Life T 
Requiem for a Tadpole T 
Sand Castle T 
Sweet Thin T,S 
Ten Minute Shift T,S 
Three Choclateers T 
Time's Up T 

Brownstone Wall  

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BETA PHOTO: The Brownstone Wall from the approach

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This east-facing brown wall sits at the upper end of Juniper Canyon. It's a bit of a grunt to hike in to but contains some excellent routes. A scrambling descent from the top is the V-shaped gully on the left (south) side of the wall, called the Gunsight. This gully separates the Brownstone Wall from the Rainbow Wall.

Getting There 

Follow the standard approach into Juniper Canyon, passing Rose Tower and Jackrabbit Buttress on your right. You should find a decent trail which heads up the drainage, the same approach as for the Rainbow Wall. Where you would turn left for the Rainbow Wall (and where the main drainage jogs left and you can see the Brownstone Wall directly above of you but still 500' higher), leave the main drainage and head right up a talus slope and then a long section of slickrock up a bowl to the base of the Brownstone Wall. It is also possible to stay in the main drainage longer (especially for Black Dagger which is the far left side of the Brownstone Wall) but this involves more bushwhacking. Total approach time is 1.5-2 hours.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.3 miles from here

21 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Brownstone Wall:
Black Dagger   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 6 pitches, 800'   
Cat Scratch Fever   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   
Hourglass Diversion   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 650'   
Sweet Thin   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 7 pitches, 730'   
Armatron   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   
Arms Reduction   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 400'   
Requiem for a Tadpole   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 750'   
The Nightcrawler   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 5 pitches, 550'   
Pro Choice   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   
Time's Up   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 6 pitches, 500'   
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Armatron 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  NV : Red Rock : ... : Brownstone Wall
Armatron is excellent. Pitch three will become a red rocks super-classic when the word gets out. The others are merely fun climbing on good rock.P1: Mosey up and left past 5 bolts before traversing left on plates to a belay station in the scoop visible from the ground (below a crack). ~95', 5.8ish.P2: Climb the finger crack up and step right to the second crack when convenient (25 or 30'). Go up this crack until the angle slacks off into a sandy slab to the bottom of a large left-facing corner. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NV

Photos of Brownstone Wall Slideshow Add Photo
The Approach Slabs.  Photo by Tim Baer
The Approach Slabs. Photo by Tim Baer
Approach slabs.
Approach slabs.
The Gunsight Notch descent begins in an unobtrusiv...
BETA PHOTO: The Gunsight Notch descent begins in an unobtrusiv...
The initial chimney of the Gunsight descent.
BETA PHOTO: The initial chimney of the Gunsight descent.
Looking down the Gunsight Notch.  Note Crimson Chr...
Looking down the Gunsight Notch. Note Crimson Chr...
Brownstone Wall Left
BETA PHOTO: Brownstone Wall Left
Desert Big Horn on the approach slabs to the Brown...
Desert Big Horn on the approach slabs to the Brown...

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By Melissa Wanserski
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jan 11, 2015
Some rappelling info on Brownstone North wall:

(Couldn't find this info anywhere else, so I'm posting)

For reference, see Handren guide or this great Beta Photo

My partner and I climbed the 1st 2 pitches on Mayday Malefactor on 1/8/15 and bailed. My 70m rope has a few extra feet, but would not have reached to rap this route, so:

From the top of pitch 2 of Mayday Malefactor, we rappelled climbers right to the anchor at the top of pitch 2 of Sweet Thin, in the bottom of the large left-facing corner (first green dot in the photo). *Not recommended* as this was at the VERY end of my 70m rope, and my 100# partner could not reach without me reigning her in.

From this anchor at the top of pitch 2 of Sweet Thin (in the left-facing corner), a 70m rope will make 2 single-rope rappels to the ground
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