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. “Tenacious” is just a few slabs to the left of that gully.
Route Stats: 5.9+, 50′, 1 pitch
Climbing type: sport or top rope
Pro: 4 sport clips and 2 bolted anchors
Gear: 4+1 quickdraws for sporting and 2 quickdraws for TR setting. PAS for cleaning the route after the climb. Helmet for any sport climb.
Basic Gear: harness, ATC, locker, chalk bag with chalk, 9-10mm single rope
Tenacious was our second line for the day. Andy lead the route. He started to the left of the arrow in the above picture and kept left for the first clip. He then traversed centrally on the ledge between the first and second clip. Once he set the TR, I was up!
I decided to stick to the right of the arrow in the picture and follow the crack up to the right of the first clip. It was probably easier than staying left of the route, but both were not as challenging as staying central up the slab. I traversed centrally at the same ledge that Andy did. Either way, the top was definitely the tricky section for both of us. Not as hard as many other routes we have done, we both finished this line pretty quickly, but that’s where a tricky move exists – between the last and second to last clip.
Once I reached the top, I had to set my runners so I could remove our quickdraws at the top of the line. That took awhile, but there is no reason to go quickly when your life literally hangs from a thin dynex string!
This was a nice line. Long enough to make it worth the time to set up while not being so challening that you are stuck there all day. This line is also nice because it doesn’t heat up from the sun in the afternoon, since the rock faces south-east.