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Brown's Ridge (aka "Whiteface")

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Brown's Ridge (aka "Whiteface") Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 1,151'
Location: 43.6524, -71.10682 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted 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.

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.

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"

Climbing Season

Weather station 12.4 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Brown's Ridge (aka "Whiteface"):
Somebody's Got to Do It   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
The Edge   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 265'   
Shine Your Helmet   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A1     Trad, Aid, 4 pitches, 250'   
Polish the Monkey (mid-cliff START)    5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
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The Seven Dwarfs 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13  New Hampshire : Lakes Region : Brown's Ridge (aka "Whitef...
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Photos of Brown's Ridge (aka "Whiteface") Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Right Side - Base of Slab
BETA PHOTO: Right Side - Base of Slab
Rock Climbing Photo: Left Side - base of slab
BETA PHOTO: Left Side - base of slab
Rock Climbing Photo: "Hardened" section of trail; when you ge...
BETA PHOTO: "Hardened" section of trail; when you ge...
Rock Climbing Photo: Parking and trailhead on Brown's Ridge Rd. 15 min ...
BETA PHOTO: Parking and trailhead on Brown's Ridge Rd. 15 min ...

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By jimmi jazz
From: Denver co
Mar 17, 2010
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]
By jimmi jazz
From: Denver co
Mar 17, 2010
The name of the road is browns ridge rd.
By john strand
From: southern colo
Mar 17, 2010
Thanks Jim- is the old bolt ladder still there ? Shine My Helmet ????
By matthewWallace
From: Sandwich, NH
Aug 21, 2011
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?
By john strand
From: southern colo
Aug 22, 2011
2 diff areas.
By matthewWallace
From: Sandwich, NH
Aug 22, 2011
Then where is this area? Any more info?
By john strand
From: southern colo
Aug 22, 2011
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
By Kai Troester
From: Pepperell, MA
Aug 31, 2011
Jimmi, you mention that you got permission to climb there. What is the general access situation. Is the owner ok with others climbing there?
By chinos
Nov 2, 2011
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.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Aug 20, 2013
I think I finally figured out where this is. Could somebody who has been there check the accuracy of the map coordinates? Thanks
By Jeffrey.LeCours
From: New Hampshire
Oct 9, 2014
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?
By M Sprague
From: New England
Oct 9, 2014
Dress up like a scarecrow and sneak through the farmer's field. Make sure you have a straw hat
By Jeffrey.LeCours
From: New Hampshire
Oct 12, 2014
If folks are poaching Joe English then this should be trivial, right?
By David Warriner
Jun 28, 2015
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.
By jnupp
May 9, 2017
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!
By chinos
Sep 30, 2017
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.

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