Location: Brown Cloud Crag, south side of North Table Mountain – Golden, CO
Parking: Parking Lot, Colorado 58 (39.766105, -105.214137)
Hike: About 10 minutes from parking lot to crag, less than 1 mile
Route: Brown Cloud has 50+ lines, so it can be hard to find a specific route. There is a class 3/4 gully that can be climbed to set a top rope anywhere. “Big Dihedral” is just a couple slabs to the right of that gully.
Route Stats: 5.8, 50′, 1 pitch
Climbing type: trad or top rope
Pro: 2 fixed rap rings
Gear: 2 quickdraws for TR setting. PAS for cleaning the route after the climb. Helmet for any climb.
Basic Gear: harness, ATC, locker, chalk bag with chalk, 9-10mm single rope
This was the first route we attempted at Brown Cloud. The route is quite long and an excellent crack to practice crack climbing. The TR is easy to set up, as there are some bolts on top of the rock that can be set with a PAS to reach over the edge to set up the TR on the anchors.
I’d say this guy was a tricky 5.8. Of course, a lightening storm was rolling in, so we were trying to fly up it and beat the storm! We just finished as the rain rolled in, so we began to climb down when it stopped and the lightening kept north of the mountain. So we returned for more climbing thereafter.
This route doesn’t have many holds besides the crack, so you’ll be forced to use the crack or make the route much, much harder than it has to be. I’d highly recommend this for crack practice, it was perfect! The hardest move is getting around the small overhang from “Rising Passion” to the right of the route. The top has one tricky move, but is not a big deal when you are TRing.