Access Issue: Rim Rock Trail Closure Details

Description

This area is a fantastic place for beginning climbers. With TR access trivial and a ton of routes right next to each other, N. Table Mt. gets packed on spring and fall weekends. There are a number of moderate routes on Brown Cloud Wall, and farther west are some more strenuous sport routes.

Note: watch out for rattlesnakes; they're around, so don't do anything stupid.

Be advised that whatever guidebook you use, it's sometimes very frustrating to find the route that you're looking for; don't hesitate to ask other people around about what route they're doing. Top rope access is via an easy trail at the far right side of this area or via a steep class 4 chimney scramble between Interface and Protection from The Virus (in the big cove in the middle of this area).

Addendum: also note that as this area has become popular, a number of the more popular routes have gotten polished due to repeated ascents to the point where the old ratings may feel sandbagged.

Getting There

Lying at the east side of N. Table Mountain, and the first area one comes to after the brisk hike, this area is usually popular. It starts at the east side of the main wall at Table. Just to its right is an obvious top rope access trail that passes just by the routes designated above as "Far Right - Around the Corner."

Caution

Note, this section is particularly prone to loose rocks above the routes which can be knocked down upon the unsuspecting below.

L->R:

A. Wholly Holey, 8, 1p, bolts.
BA. Variation, 7, 1p, 60', gear & bolts or TR.
B. War With A Rack, 8,' 1p, 60', gear.
CB. Crack To Face, 8, 1p, 60', gear or TR.
D. Iraqi Road, 6, 1p, 50', gear.
E. Axis of Weasels, 7, 1p, 50', gear.
F. Brown Cloud Arete, 10-, 1p, 50', bolts.
G. Retro-Crack, 9+, 1p, 60', gear.
H. Pee on Dee, 8+, 1p, 40', bolts.
I. Windy Days, 8-, 1p, bolts.
J. Pee on Me, 6, 1p, 45', bolts & gear.
K. chimney, 1p, gear.
L. Solo Route aka Life Raft, 11-, 1p, 25', boulder or TR.
M. Punkin Puss & Mushmouse aka Bow of the Titanic, 10-, 1p, 45', bolts.
N. Deck Chairs on the Titanic, 9+, 1p, 50', bolts.
O. Killian's Dead, 6, 1p, 50', gear.
P. John Adam's Adams Apple, 7+, 1p, 50', gear.
Q. The Ark, 6, 1p, 50', gear.
R. Bullet the Brown Cloud, 11, 1p, 50', bolts.
S. Ypsilon, 9- or 10, 1p, 35', gear.
T. Volobee (aka Jolobee), 11- PG-13, 1p, 50', bolts.
U. Wide crack, 7, 1p, 35', gear or TR.
V. Unknown Crack, 10+, 1p, 45', gear.
W1. Tenacious, 10-, 1p, 50', bolts.
W2. variation, 10+, 1p.
X. Of Sound Mind and Body, 9- PG-13, 1p, 35', gear.
Y. Crack (2 left of Interface), 8-, 1p, 40', gear.
Z. Unknown left of Left Slab, 7+, 1p, 40', gear.
var to AA. Interface Arete, 8-9, 1p, 40', TR.
AA. Interface, 8, 1p, 40', bolts.
BB. Right of Interface, 8 R, 1p, 40', gear or TR.
CC. Crack, 9-, 1p, 25', gear.
DD. Bolted Line, 10+, 1p, 25', bolts +/- gear.

3rd class gully

EE. Chimney, 6, 1p, 25', gear.
FF. Tiny Pillar, 10+, 1p, 25', TR.
EE. Tiny Face, 10-, 1p, 25', TR.
FF. Anti-viral, 7 PG-13, 1p, 30', gear.
GG. Protection from the Virus, 10, 1p, 45', bolts.
HH. Lemons, Limes, and Tangerines, 8+, 1p, 45', bolts.
II. Big Dihedral, 8, 1p, 50', gear.
JJ. Top Rope Face (aka Rising Passion), 10+, 1p, 40', bolts.
KK. Baggins' Blunt Arete, 8, 1p, 45', gear or TR.
LL. Thick Crust, 7, 1p, 50', gear.
MM1. Variation to the Virus, 9, 1p, 45', bolts & gear.
MM2. The Virus, 12-, 1p, 40', bolts.
NN. Unknown Crack (Right of The Virus), 10-, 1p, 45', gear.
OO. Unknown Route, 11+, 1p, 45', bolts.
PP. New River Gorge Homesick Blues, 10-, 1p, 30', bolts.
QQ. Kid's Climb, 10-, 1p, 50', bolts.
RR. Crack, 6, 1p, 50', gear.
SS. Crack/Chimney, 5, 1p, 35', gear.
TT. Thelma, 8-, 1p, 35', bolts.
UU. Louise, 8, 1p, 35', bolts.
VV. Christmas Night, 5, 1p, 35', gear or TR.
WW. Louise Arete, 10-, 1p, 25', TR.

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If you setting up a top rope here, as the description suggests, use extreme caution with all the loose rock near the edge of the cliff. My most near death experience rock climbing was being hit in the back by a rock knocked off the top of Table Mesa by someone setting up a top rope. A few inches in a different direction and that would have split my skull wide open. I know of other close calls at Table Mesa resulting from similar circumstances. Keep your helmet on, particularly if people are above you.

Have Fun!! Aug 6, 2003
Ken Trout
Golden, CO
Ken Trout   Golden, CO
Marsha and I just fixed up several climbs from our past; Deck Chairs, Kid's Climb, and Interface with winch hooks from Home Depot. Interface has more pro too. Dec 23, 2007
Hank C
Golden, CO
Hank C   Golden, CO
Everyone climbing in this part of North Table should be aware that there are two highlines bolted here. Highline anchors are three or more bolts on top horizontal surfaces. I have seen people top rope from them before, but I wouldn't recommend it because of rope wear. People also tend to strip the anchors, because they don't make sense for climbing. Sep 20, 2015
Dan Trampe
Lakewood, CO
Dan Trampe   Lakewood, CO
I lost my sunglasses, I believe at Brown Cloud Rock on 2/18/18. They most likely would have been sitting at the base of Bullet The Brown Cloud. Six pack of your choice to anyone who is kind enough to return them! Please email me if found, dantrampe@yahoo.com. Thank you. Feb 18, 2018
I left a pair of Tenaya Iatis size 42 held together with a green carabiner. PM me, and you will be rewarded for their return. Feb 27, 2018