Elevation: -11,456 ft
GPS: 35.338, -82.607 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Sean Cobourn on Oct 1, 2007 · Updates
Admins: Ky Bishop, Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry

Description

Most southern climbers are familiar with Rumbling Bald, one of the best winter areas around due to its low elevation and south facing aspect. The cliff seems to stretch on for a mile or more when viewed from the tourist meccas of Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. However, the other side of the mountain has just as much rock and is climbable in the summer when the south side is a blast furnace. 99% of routes were done in ground up style. Let's keep it that way please.

The north face has no publicly documented history. Since most of this rock is now in the newly formed state park I felt it important to finally document areas so we could show the powers that be that there is a long rich history of climbing here and that climbing should be an allowed activity once the management plan is in the works.  Edit 2018: The good news is that Eagle Rock area is now open for climbing!  In 2016 before the fire a group of climbers and the park superintendent scouted a trail to the Main Wall area.  There is hope it will be available in the future as well.

Getting There

Currently there are limited ways to get there. Either know someone who lives in the gated Fairfield golf community at the base of the walls or hike around or over the top from the south side. This situation should change over the coming years as this area is now inside Chimney Rock State Park.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Dark Side (Closed to climbing, included for historic reference)

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