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Routes in Brown's Ridge (aka "Whiteface")

Browns Corner T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Edge, The T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Harvest Moon T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Honeymoon S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Night Moves T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
O-Town Browns T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Polish the Monkey (mid-cliff START) T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Seven Dwarfs, The S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
Shine Your Helmet T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A1
Somebody's Got to Do It T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Elevation: 1,151 ft
GPS: 43.652, -71.107 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: john strand on Mar 16, 2010
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall
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Description

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.

Photos of the bottom 50 ft of the slab show moss, but holds have recently been cleaned where necessary. 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."]

Getting There

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"). Take this 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. (Watch out for muffler-and-crankcase protruding stones.)

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 by Lakes 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"

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chinos  
The Browns Ridge Cliff also known as “Whiteface” offers quality slab climbing on quality granite. The cliff was included in Webster’s second edition of Rock Climbs in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It was not included in the third edition for some reason and the cliff has been neglected since 1985 when the original routes went in. It only took 30 years for the 250’ cliff to be rediscovered and brought back to life! All of the original routes were equipped with ¼” bolts, which have all been replaced with modern hardware. Bolted ring anchors have also been installed due to the belay trees being dead or gone. While replacing the hardware and cleaning the cliff I added a bolt anchor to the ledge where many of the original variations joined. Now the initial 5.7 crack on Shine Your Helmet and Somebody’s Got To Do It (5.6) can be rappelled safely. A single 70m rope works great at the cliff if not plan on bringing double ropes for the rappels. A new hiking trail was put in recently and is a great way to access the base of the cliff as well as the top of the mountain. The cliff sits high up on the hillside and offers great views and exposure. Sep 30, 2017
jnupp  
Whiteface in North Wolfeboro is located on conservation land. A very small "parking area" is located on the right about 2 mi from intersection of Old Granite Rd and Brown's Ridge Rd. A blazed trail leads to the top of Whiteface. The cliff is marked by a cairn about a 15 min walk up the trail. Please be respectful of this property side it is owned by Lakes Region Conservation Trust! May 9, 2017
Late reply. Coordinate form Lecours look right to me. Never been there but went looking a couple of times based on Webster's 2nd edition. Jun 28, 2015
Jeffrey.LeCours
New Hampshire
Jeffrey.LeCours   New Hampshire  
If folks are poaching Joe English then this should be trivial, right? Oct 12, 2014
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
Dress up like a scarecrow and sneak through the farmer's field. Make sure you have a straw hat Oct 9, 2014
Jeffrey.LeCours
New Hampshire
Jeffrey.LeCours   New Hampshire  
I found this area identified as a "cliff" on a NH GIS website. I had no clue what it was and searched the interwebs for "browns ridge rd cliff" and found a link here (well, to Devil's Den actually... but the coords Mark put in seem to align with what I see on the map).

This is the idea... except not through a person's yard. Maybe Jimmi would have a better suggestion of approach?
google.com/maps/dir/43.6563…@43.6557181,-71.1057253,928m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!4m1!3e0 Oct 9, 2014
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
I think I finally figured out where this is. Could somebody who has been there check the accuracy of the map coordinates? Thanks Aug 20, 2013
chinos  
im sure that climbing there is ok. it is described under Brown's Ridge in Websters second edition. There are a handful of routes. I believe the bolt ladder would be there 5.7 A1, Shine Your Helmet. I tried to climb here in the winter once and didn't get far. It looks alright. Strand is right, about a 20 whack in. Nov 2, 2011
Kai Troester
Pepperell, MA
Kai Troester   Pepperell, MA
Jimmi, you mention that you got permission to climb there. What is the general access situation. Is the owner ok with others climbing there? Aug 31, 2011
john strand
southern colo
john strand   southern colo
If you are heading south on rt 16, ossipee, it's on the right side of the road. Very hard to see coming north. Whiteface is actually off rt 113 and decent hike in.

Brown's is OK, Albany is better Aug 22, 2011
matthewWallace
Sandwich, NH
matthewWallace   Sandwich, NH
Then where is this area? Any more info? Aug 22, 2011
john strand
southern colo
john strand   southern colo
2 diff areas. Aug 22, 2011
matthewWallace
Sandwich, NH
matthewWallace   Sandwich, NH
Thinking of heading out here this week be interested to hear about any routes on the cliff before I head out there. Bradley listed on under the Whiteface Mountain section but there has to be more on a cliff of this size...

I am also confused Bradley's post says about 2.3 miles in and this says a 20 minute thrash? Are both sections referring to the cliff at the summit of Whiteface? Aug 21, 2011
john strand
southern colo
john strand   southern colo
Thanks Jim- is the old bolt ladder still there ? Shine My Helmet ???? Mar 17, 2010
jimmi jazz
Denver co
jimmi jazz   Denver co
The name of the road is browns ridge rd. Mar 17, 2010
jimmi jazz
Denver co
jimmi jazz   Denver co
the mountain it self is called whiteface. there are several lines up there. Jon garlough and i went there last winter and did some climbing no ice just rock. the cliff is on private land. I do some work with the owner an we got permission to climb it. you can walk down both sides of the mountain. there are a few old pins up there but no rap anchors that i know of.

[See update - cliff is now owned by Land Trust R Hall, NH Admin June 2017] Mar 17, 2010

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