Elevation: 6,359 ft
GPS: 39.76831, -105.21562
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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."

Per Brent Kelly: the GPS coordinates of the Brown Cloud area are: 39.768352, -105.215623.

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. Chimney Route, 4, 1p, 30', gear.

RR. Kid's Climb, 10-, 1p, 50', bolts.

SS. Crack, 6, 1p, 50', gear.

TT. Crack/Chimney, 5, 1p, 35', gear.

UU. Thelma, 8-, 1p, 35', bolts.

VV. Louise, 8, 1p, 35', bolts.

WW. Easy Face to Crack, 3, 1p, 25', gear.

XX. Christmas Night, 5, 1p, 35', gear or TR.

YY. Louise Arete, 10-, 1p, 25', TR.

53 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Brown Cloud Rocks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 4
Chimney Route
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 53
The Ark
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 283
Killian's Dead
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 139
John Adams' Adams Apple
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 324
Big Dihedral
Trad, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 320
Old Roof Route aka Lemons, Limes…
Sport, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 13
Interface Arete
TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 424
Deck Chairs on the Titanic
Sport, TR
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 262
Brown Cloud Arête
Sport, TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 10
Unknown Crack (Right of The Virus)
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 24
Solo Route aka Life Raft
TR
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 148
Bullet The Brown Cloud
Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a V5 6C
 16
Unknown Route
Sport, Boulder
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a WI5 C2- X
 13
Fork and Spoon
Trad, Aid, Ice 4 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Chimney Route
 4
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad
The Ark
 53
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Killian's Dead
 283
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
John Adams' Adams Apple
 139
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Big Dihedral
 324
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Old Roof Route aka Lemons,…
 320
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
Interface Arete
 13
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a TR
Deck Chairs on the Titanic
 424
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Brown Cloud Arête
 262
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Unknown Crack (Right of The…
 10
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Solo Route aka Life Raft
 24
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c TR
Bullet The Brown Cloud
 148
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Unknown Route
 16
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a V5 6C Sport, Boulder
Fork and Spoon
 13
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a WI5 C2- X Trad, Aid, Ice 4 pitches
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