Brown's Ridge (aka "Ossipee Whiteface") Rock Climbing
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|Shared By:||john strand on Mar 16, 2010|
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I recently requested that John Strand, who had moved out of the area [ Colorado ?] , transfer Brown's Ridge to me as I'd recently been there and wanted to completely update the AREA with the changes that had occurred since "the old days" when this was a "20 minute thrash in" ...then, over mostly private land.
The reply was several days in coming, and it came from Rose Strand, not John: John had passed away March 29, 2017.
John's original text (2010) is retained in italic.
DESCRIPTION: A 15-20 min. approach on an easy, established trail on Conservation property leads to a 200-250 ft slab with a variety of routes 5.6 and up. Some routes appear to be only bolted, other routes are a mix of trad gear and bolts. Route ratings are also a mix of "old school" and "modern"...mmm!
Photos of the bottom 50 ft of the slab show moss, but holds have recently been cleaned where necessary. That being said, this crag is slow to dry (lots of big trees) and the Right Side Slab seeps quite a bit, especially “The Corner 5.6”. The upper reaches of this East-facing slab are remarkably clean. It appears that any old 1/4 inch bolts have been replaced with 3/8 inch stainless, and at least one new route [ "the Edge", 5.7 (+?) ] has been put in.
HISTORY: After a spurt of activity in the mid-1980's, primarily by Jim Graham and John Marshall, the cliff apparently fell into obscurity when it was not included in Webster's 3rd (1996) edition. [maybe because of the then-private land issue???]
[ Original, 2010 text: "A pretty decent slabby area topping out around 200'. East facing, good rock. About a 20 minute thrash in."]
From the junc. of Rt 16 and Rt 28 near Ossipee, NH take Rt 28 South (West) for about a mile to the junc. with Rt 171 (aka "Granite Rd") at a new (2021) traffic circle. Take Rt 171. 0.1-0.2 mi south and bare right onto Brown's Ridge Road. Drive 2.0 miles to a car-wide break in a stone wall on the right. [photo] Pull in and park in the small area, which has recently (2018) been improved and enlarged, now holding about 5-6 cars.
The following description was provided by "jnupp", I've annotated it in places: " Whiteface in North Wolfeboro is located on conservation land..... A blazed trail leads [from the south end of the parking lot] to the top of Whiteface. The [short path to the] cliff is marked by a cairn about a 15 min walk up the trail [about 2 min beyond where large stones have been used to 'harden' the trail, see photo.] Please be respectful of this property site as it is owned byLakes Region Conservation Trust!"
[ Original (2010) Text: West of RT 16 near Ossipee. Access from the west bound road (sorry, help with the name?) Webster's says "ossipee owl"
Classic Climbing Routes at Brown's Ridge (aka "Ossipee Whiteface")
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