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Routes in Brown Cloud Rocks

Anti-viral T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Ark, The T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Axis of Weasels T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Baggins' Blunt Arete T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Big Dihedral T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Bolted Line S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Brown Cloud ArĂȘte S,TR 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Bullet The Brown Cloud S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Chimney T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Christmas Night T,TR 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Crack T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Crack (2 left of Interface) T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Crack (right of Interface) T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Crack/Chimney T,TR 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Deck Chairs on the Titanic S,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Interface Arete TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Interface aka Slab Left S,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Iraqi Road T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
John Adams' Adams Apple T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Kid's Climb S,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Killian's Dead T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Louise S,TR 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Louise Arete TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
New River Gorge Homesick Blues S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Of Sound Mind and Body T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13
Old Roof Route aka Lemons, Limes, and Tangerines S,TR 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Pee Into the Wind T 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Pee on Dee S,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Pee on Me T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Protection From the Virus S,TR 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Punkin Puss & Mushmouse aka Bow of the Titanic S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Retro-Crack T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Right of Interface T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Solo Route aka Life Raft TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Tenacious S,TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Thelma S,TR 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Thick Crust T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Tiny Face T,TR 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
Tiny Pillar TR 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Top Rope Face (aka Rising Passion) S,TR 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Unknown Crack T,TR 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Unknown Crack (Right of The Virus) T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Unknown Route S 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Unknown left of Left Slab T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Variation to The Virus T,S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Virus, The S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Volobee (aka Jolobee) S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
Wide Crack T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Windy Days S,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Ypsilon T,TR 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Type: Sport, TR, 50 ft
FA: Guy Lords?, Ric Leitner?, and Brian Hansen? Ken Trout, 1991
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Shared By: Michael Komarnitsky on Dec 31, 2000 with updates
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

This is a nice textured but steep slab that looks easier than it is. Fun bulges on lower part make the thin crimps at the top more work. You can do a 10a start straight from straight below the bolt, or you can do the 8 variation via the crack on the left. Squeeze onto the ledge, and then move right to follow the thin crack. Move past the 4th bolt and go left and then up.

Eds. This route has polished up over the years, and on warm days it can feel perhaps a bit "greasy".

Protection

6 bolts to a 2 [Mussy hook] anchor.
Keith W
  5.10a
Keith W  
  5.10a
Rad! I thought the first few moves were a bit committing, but the climbing is a blast. On a cool winter morning the holds aren't slick at all! Fun movement. All around great 10a. 1 hour ago
Philip DeFraties
Golden, CO
  5.10a
Philip DeFraties   Golden, CO
  5.10a
The first few moves are pretty committing, make sure you clip before starting the climb (I'm 5'7" and can just reach it). Throwing for the left jug in the crack is easiest for me, some of the crimps on the face are down-sloping, and with more and more grease layering on there, it's getting tougher. Stiff 10a at this point. Fun! Jan 9, 2017
Rob King
Lone Tree
  5.10a
Rob King   Lone Tree
  5.10a
There are 3 bolts at the anchor, one worse than the next. I really wanted to give it a go but didn't want to accept the risk. How about a donation box at the parking lot similar to paid parking but voluntary. For the amount of people that climb this area, the bolts are shit. Jul 4, 2016
Patrick Shwartz
Thornton, CO
  5.10a/b
Patrick Shwartz   Thornton, CO
  5.10a/b
Fun, balance-y route. I support all of the comments about the direct start being stiff from how greasy the first 2-3 holds are. Still, nice climbing; would give it 2.5 stars if possible. Sep 28, 2012
Paul Donald Andrews
Nederland, Co.
  5.10b/c PG13
Paul Donald Andrews   Nederland, Co.
  5.10b/c PG13
Climbed it yesterday, 4-29-11, on my first visit to Table. Could not do the direct start. I grabbed the chalky holds, made one left hand jam in the crack and made the reach to the jug at the top of the flared finger crack and back on route. I thought the rest would be a fun 5.9 cruise on the upper face but was gripped the whole way. Really steep, small crimpers for the fingers, good edges for the feet. I really had to think about every move. The last time I had this much trouble on a "5.9" was "Solid Gold", Astro Domes, J Tree. I'd give the route a solid 5.10 rating. Apr 30, 2011
Dave Clark 5.10
Golden, CO
  5.10a
Dave Clark 5.10   Golden, CO
  5.10a
I agree with above comments, this route has lost stars and increased in difficulty as the holds have greased up. Jun 24, 2010
John mac
Boulder, CO
 
John mac   Boulder, CO
 
This woould be a great route if it was not so greasy. The fact that it is so greasy makes it so that you are never very secure even on the good holds. If I had no idea what climb this was I would have guessed 10d/11a following the bolt line. Apr 19, 2009
jeremy rudolf
  5.9+
jeremy rudolf  
  5.9+
I like the route itself a lot. Climbed it on TR 11/6. Definitely hard 9+ in its condition. I can see how it would be frustrating on lead with the holds being so greased on the first half. Nov 9, 2007
Kaner
Eagle
 
Kaner   Eagle
 
Maybe an OK route 9million people ago if you're into bolted cracks.
Maybe a 5.9 if every hold didn't feel like a greased watermelon. Save your time. Nov 8, 2007
Ryan Bibler
MT
  5.10a
Ryan Bibler   MT
  5.10a
5.10a, and one of the better routes at Table. A fun dyno early leads to interesting slab climbing on smaller holds up top. Precise footwork will get you through the upper section. May 1, 2006
Buff Johnson
  5.9
Buff Johnson  
  5.9
Nice sustained slab climb. I'm a little too tall to feel the effect of double digit climbing on this start. The .8 crack variant is a fun couple of moves also. Jan 19, 2006
Dale Haas and I removed the horribly worn quick links at the anchor and replaced them with new quick links and links of chain to equalize for rappel. Oct 25, 2005
Gary Schmidt
Boulder, CO
 
Gary Schmidt   Boulder, CO
 
Whatever you want to rate it the climbing is sustained. To me felt pretty stiff for the grade. An above average quality route. too bad there is so much chalk crap all over it. Jan 9, 2005
Paul Sampson  
 
I've climbed Deck Chairs a number of times, and it's clearly one of the best of its grade at this crag. It's fairly sustained and a little bit pumpy by Table standards, but it's certainly worth doing. I put the direct start at 9+ for tall people and 10a for people who have to dyno. Aug 3, 2004
John Fields
  5.9
John Fields  
  5.9
Just climbed it tonight on TR and plan on going back for a lead very soon. This is a great climb, but if you follow the same path I did and which seems to be the standard from what I've seen others do (traverse right at the big horizontal crack about 20 feet up, then trend left all the way to the top), you'll find good holds and feet the whole way. So I'd say it's a 9. A really great climb though. I give it 3 stars. I'm relatively new to sport climbing, but c'mon, this is deck chairs! You can't discourage people from climbing it by giving it 2 stars! Jun 10, 2004
Ken Trout
Golden, CO
  5.10a
Ken Trout   Golden, CO
  5.10a
I bolted this in 1991 and a couple of times after. There are three winch-hooks at the anchor now. Just clip in and lower off. If the hooks seem worn, Home Depot has them for $5 each. There is more about these hooks on the intro page for Overhang Area.

I rated it ten because the dyno at the first bolt stops people who are never stymied by nines. Mike Sheehan led this on natural gear. The word is the thin moves at the top feel hairy-plus.

Guy Lords, Ric Leitner, and Brian Hansen may have been in on the actual FA climbing too. The route name came from Ron Olevsky. He was the first climber I had heard say that worrying about the environmental impact of bolts on Earth's cliffs was as ridiculous as worrying about rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Looking at the industrial scenery just below, knowing how geeked the Shermanite crusaders would get about the bolts, it seemed like a fitting name. (Deck Chairs has had the bolts vandalized twice.) Aug 18, 2003
The crux comes quickly. Some nice bouldering moves just off the ground.Leave your stick clip at home. Get a spot from your partner and go for it.Some very nice edging towards the top. Solid 9+. Once you've lead it, it's "10a" rating is a little steep. Oct 15, 2002
Darin Lang
  5.10a
Darin Lang  
  5.10a
Maybe 3 stars if the universe was limited to just Table Mtn, but still merits 2 stars when compared to similar sport routes Oct 15, 2002
Climbed this route 5-15-02 on top rope. Both bolts were spinners, now somebody added a third spinner. If people are going to try and fix these bolts, you need to know what your doing!!! May 16, 2002
Darin Lang
  5.10a
Darin Lang  
  5.10a
Definitely 10a, and by Mesa Norte standards, at least 10b (cf. Brown Cloud Arete, its neighbor and a 10b - this climb is definitely as hard, and more sustained). Probably solid 9 in Eldo, though. Jan 8, 2002
All these popular routes at Table seem to be getting slightly harder due to the holds being quite polished and greasy. The whole climb (with or w/out the direct start) seems more like 10a now. Jan 1, 2001