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Jeff M. considers a final placement before launchi...
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.
Starts about 40' right of Fruit Loops. Rap off the anchors.
Doubles in the medium to large cams (3-3.5"), otherwise small to medium gear. Bolted anchors.
The start of the crux on Frosted Flake.
The upper flake of Frosted Flake.
Rhett placing he last piece of gear before he emba...
BETA PHOTO: Aesthetic flake crack that trends left, best climb...
Leading Frosted Flake at Rumbling Bald, North Caro...
Jammin' on Frosted Flakes
|Comments on Frosted Flake
|By Stefanie Van Wychen|
From: Golden, CO
Apr 15, 2007
I thought this felt more like a 5.9-, but I have done a lot of crack climbing. I have medium size hands for a girl and was getting big cups and awesome feet. The upper wide section can be laid back as there are feet on the wall to make it easier...
From: western NC
Jan 4, 2008
Agreed. Cracks are generally a rare occurrence here in NC, so most of them inevitably get rated harder than they actually are. Most people lieback that thing... That probably is a 9+, or harder.
|By Nick Stayner|
From: The Magic City
Apr 29, 2008
First time I led it, in fall '05, I liebacked the whole thing and nearly wet myself running it out--it's hard to stop and place gear that way! After going to Yosemite last summer (and the T Wall a bunch), I came back and jammed the hell out of it! Really awesome locker hands and cups with great body smears and some stems. This way is probably 5.9-. Liebacking the whole thing is hard.
Oct 2, 2008
I took some big falls one day trying to get a #3 close to the top of the lie back. It's not worth it, just keep haulin. Great route
|By Austin Cooner|
Jul 20, 2009
awesome route... definitely pump through the crux section after pulling the roof and just GO till you get to better holds to make your next gear placement! It's really not that hard!
|By Ryan Williams|
From: London (sort of)
Dec 12, 2010
Great fun... only complaint is that the perfect hands don't go on forever!
And they are really PERFECT HANDS! I can't believe anyone would lieback that thing... crazyness.
|By D Chermak|
Jul 4, 2011
RIP Josh Haddock. He died rappelling off this route on July 2, 2011. You will be deeply missed.
From: Athens, GA
Oct 31, 2011
After doing it a few times, I really think Frosted Flake is the best route on the wall, even better than Shredded Wheat. As for Jamming Vs. Lie Backing. Having done it both ways, I felt like it was more strenuous to jam. You can place gear till your heart is content and would probably never fall out of the locker jams, but doing the runout lie back is much less strenuous.
|By Robert Hutchins|
Dec 21, 2011
I also like this route as well or better than Shredded Wheat. Neither have the length of quality climbing to be mega-classic, but this has a little more at the grade. As far as Jamming, I agree with Stefanie and Nick that this isn't particularly stout compared to western cracks of the same grade. I tend to jam from a lieback possition on this, but if you feel really secure in the jams you can actually straight-in jam it and catch a good hip scum that takes much of the pump away, as you aren't being physical with it, and are taking weight off.
|By Kevin DB|
Jan 22, 2013
What a rad and incredibly aesthetic line. Even without the beautiful splitter it has rad climbing on it. I'm not so sure on difficulty, I've climbed a lot in Indian Creek and I think 5.9+ is a fair grade on this. Probably harder if you did the insanity of lying it back.
From: Bloomington, IN
Mar 20, 2013
What a fun route! Jammed it straight in with small cups and the hip scum and had no problems. 5.9 felt right. Although it was only 20 ft. of business, the business was worth it