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Cereal Buttress  

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The Cereal Buttress is possibly the most popular spot at Rumbling Bald. It has a plentiful variety of routes, some multi-pitch; most are crack climbs, from moderate on up.

This area got its name back in the mid-70s, when pioneer Jeep Gaskin was scouting out the rock on a rainy day. Back home, he reported finding a "surreal buttress" and someone jokingly asked what kind of "cereal" it was. The name stuck.

Getting There 

From the parking lot, follow the rutted old jeep road up right about three-fourths of a mile to where it peters into a trail. Follow the trail past a boulderfield; at an obvious split, go left for the left end of Cereal Buttress or the Comatose Area; go right for the main Cereal Buttress and Cereal Wall.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.5 miles from here

29 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cereal Buttress:
Fruit Loops   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   
Sea Wolf   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 150'   
Unknown 5.8 (splitter hand crack)   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Obamanation   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 125'   
Granola   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Frosted Flake   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Mid-Life Crisis   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Good Samaritans   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 175'   
Doug Reed Solo   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
Born Again   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Capt Crunch   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 80'   
Whiskey For Breakfast   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 90'   
Breakfast of Champions   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Shredded Wheat   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Inner Peace   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Jack Be Nimble   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Hungry Jack   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Mennonite Surf Party   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Petrified Frog   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Green Eggs and Ham   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Working through the steep opening moves on Fruit L...

Fruit Loops 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  NC : Rumbling Bald : Cereal Buttress
This is an outstanding route that any leader will enjoy, even if it's below your normal lead level. It's almost three climbs in one: crack climbing; chimney; and face climbing. Many people skip the second pitch, but it's lots of fun and very worthwhile.P1 - Start at a somewhat steep crack, working your way up with jams and some face holds. The going quickly gets easier/less steep, continue past some flake moves to the base of a chimney with bolted belay anchors (80').P2 -...[more]   Browse More Classics in NC

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By Rob Dillon
Dec 31, 2006
One of the most prominent aspects of its' surreality is the 'air-conditioning chimney'--you can hear the water gurgling back in there somewhere, and yet the thing appears as dry as can be. If you've blown it by showing up at the Bald on a hot, steamy summer's day, you'll appreciate this feature perhaps more than any other.
By Austin Cooner
Jul 20, 2009
Second the amazing 'air conditioning' from the cave. Unfortunately, it was closed off due to the white-nosed syndrome affecting local bat populations. Hopefully it'll be open soon for caving.
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