Cereal Buttress Rock Climbing
The start of the crux on Frosted Flake.
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.
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.
Weather station 2.5 miles from here
29 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Cereal Buttress
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing 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'
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'
Born Again 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Inner Peace 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
PG13 Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Hungry Jack 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Featured Route For Cereal Buttress
Frosted Flake 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a NC
: Rumbling Bald
: Cereal Buttress
This beautiful flake formation will test your willpower, your stamina and your ability to jam your feet into cracks and still get them back out. For the grade, Frosted Flake is a strenuous lead.Starting up a corner on easy ground, move up to a roof and traverse left until you get to the end of the roof where it turns into a left-facing corner/flake. Power up the corner (crux) on laybacks and the occasional jam, and on to the top....[more] Browse More Classics in NC
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.