This tall buttress has some of the best steep/face/crack routes that the Bald has to offer. The sunny side is great when temps are cool and crisp. On warmer days you can head around to the shady side for a good pump workout.
Approach from either the boulder field trail or the Cereal Buttress trail.
13 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Test Pilots Buttress:
5.8 Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Rocket Science 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Weight and Balance Check 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 150'
Flakes of Bake 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Trad, 70'
Kosmonauts 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Flakes of Wrath (aka Arch Rival) 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Space Monkey 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Kennedy Space Port 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 75'
Focus 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a R Trad, Sport, 95'
Test Pilots 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Backdoor Man 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 95'
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Focus 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a R NC : Rumbling Bald : Test Pilots Buttress
This mega-classic is another Doug Reed ground-up testpiece.Climb amazing and crimpy face past 3 bolts and a gear placement to an intermediate anchor and lower off. 5.11 a/b. Or, continue up and right for the technical and well protected crux move. Move slightly right then fire straight up (5.9 R) to the top. Belay off a very healthy juniper tree....[more] Browse More Classics in NC
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