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Browns Fist 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

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Original:  YDS: 5.7+ French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Henry Barber october 1st 1972
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Submitted By: lee hansche on Aug 23, 2007

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I really enjoyed this climb. The only downside was its somewhat short length. If it had another pitch on top of this one it might get a little more credit. I'd say its best attributes were nice jamming interesting moves and the best knee-bar I've found at Cathedral, right where you would want it in the crux.

Start up the obvious corner and in to some nice cracks to the awkward roof crux. There is a direct version that heads straight up and out the roof; however, you can traverse under the roof somewhat strenuously past the knee-bar that I love so much and on to a nice stance. A few more crack moves lead you to the first belay on Lower Refuse.

Continue up Refuse or lower off of the thread anchor (which was a bit tattered as of this post).


Brown's fist climbs the big corner capped by a roof in front of you as you hike up the trail.


I found a regular rack up to #3 cam to work fine but bigger stuff could be used if that's your thing.

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By E thatcher
From: Plymouth/ North Conway (NH)
Sep 28, 2009

We were crowded off the lower left wall this weekend and ended up here. There was little chalk and lots of cob webs, but it was pretty fun. The knee-bar is indeed cool.
By burlap submariner
Nov 14, 2009
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

try 9+ if not using the ledge and definatley at least 8 if using it.
By Ryan Nelling
Aug 9, 2013
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

We went over to do this as a warmup and let the rush hour on Funhouse dissipate - let me advise you that this is not a good warmup route if you're a 5.9/5.10 leader! Funhouse is definitely 5.7....Brown's First is definitely NOT 5.7+ Later on our trip, we bumped in to a local guide who said it's more like 5.9. I found Pine Tree Eliminate, Hotter Than Hell, and Inferno all to be easier than this climb.

The corner looks awesome from the ground, but I quickly found it to be more difficult and awkward than I expected. I led the first 40 or so feet to the bolts under the roof and came back down - so I can't comment on the rest of the route.
By nhclimber
From: Newmarket, NH
Aug 11, 2013
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

If you break right before the roof it is 5.7. If you go through through the roof it is definitely .9+. It is a little intimidating and old school, so the rating will feel harder. Try the direct funhouse start for and .8 and I think grading wise it makes sense. Did you climb culprits too? Great one or 2 move light .10

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