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Shared By: gneiss pirate on Nov 26, 2007
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry
Access Issue: Potentially Closed Due to COVID-19 - Please check for closures before going and DO NOT TRESPASS! / 2020 Raptor Closures on the Nantahala-Pisgah LIFTED Details

Description

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.

Getting There

Approach from either the boulder field trail or the Cereal Buttress trail.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Test Pilots Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 33
5.8 Crack
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
 10
Co-Pilots
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 33
Weight and Balance Check
Trad 2 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 15
Z Crack
Trad
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 17
Rocket Science
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
 9
Flakes of Bake
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 6
Kosmonauts
Trad, Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 17
Flakes of Wrath (aka Arch Rival)
Trad, Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 18
Space Monkey
Trad, Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 4
Kennedy Space Port
Trad
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a R
 6
Focus
Trad, Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 36
Test Pilots
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 7
Backdoor Man
Trad, Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 3
Gimme three steps...
Trad, Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
5.8 Crack
 33
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Co-Pilots
 10
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Trad
Weight and Balance Check
 33
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 2 pitches
Z Crack
 15
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Rocket Science
 17
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Flakes of Bake
 9
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Trad
Kosmonauts
 6
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, Sport
Flakes of Wrath (aka Arch R…
 17
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, Sport
Space Monkey
 18
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Sport
Kennedy Space Port
 4
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Focus
 6
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a R Trad, Sport
Test Pilots
 36
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Backdoor Man
 7
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, Sport
Gimme three steps...
 3
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, Sport
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