Elevation: 1,607 ft
GPS: 35.449, -82.214 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Aaron Parlier on Nov 14, 2017
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry
Access Issue: Potentially Closed Due to COVID-19 - Please check for closures before going and DO NOT TRESPASS! Details

Description

Some of North Carolina's best bouldering is found at Rumbling Bald. Exquisite gneiss boulders in a beautiful forest setting where you can find problems ranging in difficulty from V-fun to V-12. Prime time for RB bouldering is smack-dab in the middle of winter.

Here you will find a taste of the classics, but please do yourself a favor and buy the awesome and amazingly throughough full color 2nd edition guidebook by Chris Dorrity: Buy The Guide Here!

Getting There

Rumbling Bald is located just outside the town of Chimney Rock. From points west (Asheville, etc.), pick up US 74A and go east to where 74A combines with US 64 and SR 9 near Bat Cave. From points east (Charlotte), exit I-85 south of Charlotte for Kings Mountain and US 74; follow 74 west to Forest City and veer off on US 74A west to Bat Cave.

From Bat Cave, follow the signs for Chimney Rock Park and pass the park entrance as you go through the town of Chimney Rock. Not quite a half mile past the park, turn left on Boys Camp Road (SR 1305). Follow this for about a mile and a half to the parking on the left.

197 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Rumbling Bald Bouldering

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V2- 5+
 56
Short Crack
Boulder
V2 5+
 26
Silver Platter
Boulder
V2 5+
 94
Crescent Crack
Boulder
V2 5+
 63
Captain Aslab
Boulder
V3 6A
 62
Black Slab Right
Boulder
V3 6A
 50
Basketball Mantle
Boulder
V3 6A
 42
Classic Overhang
Boulder
V3+ 6A+
 40
Slave Driver
Boulder
V4 6B
 47
Brackish One
Boulder
V4 6B
 91
Dime Crack
Boulder
V4-5 6B+
 52
The Helicopter sds
Boulder
V5 6C
 43
Kung Fu Grip
Boulder
V5 6C
 35
Sleeping in the Devil's Bed
Boulder
V5-6 6C+
 50
Rotator Cuff (SDS V6 Stand V5)
Boulder
V7- 7A+
 35
The Green Knob (SDS V7 Stand V5)
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Short Crack W Side Boulders > Short Crack Boulder
 56
V2- 5+ Boulder
Silver Platter E Side Boulders > Silver Platter Boulder
 26
V2 5+ Boulder
Crescent Crack W Side Boulders > Devil Boulder
 94
V2 5+ Boulder
Captain Aslab W Side Boulders > Moby Dick Boulder
 63
V2 5+ Boulder
Black Slab Right W Side Boulders > Cave Boulder
 62
V3 6A Boulder
Basketball Mantle W Side Boulders > Hull Area > Shady Grove
 50
V3 6A Boulder
Classic Overhang W Side Boulders > Classic Overhang
 42
V3 6A Boulder
Slave Driver E Side Boulders > Slave Driver Boulder
 40
V3+ 6A+ Boulder
Brackish One E Side Boulders > Brackish Boulder
 47
V4 6B Boulder
Dime Crack W Side Boulders > Trailside Area > Trailside Boulder
 91
V4 6B Boulder
The Helicopter sds W Side Boulders > Washing Machine Boulder
 52
V4-5 6B+ Boulder
Kung Fu Grip W Side Boulders > Cave Boulder
 43
V5 6C Boulder
Sleeping in the Devil's Bed W Side Boulders > Devil Boulder
 35
V5 6C Boulder
Rotator Cuff (SDS V6 Stand V5) W Side Boulders > Cave Boulder
 50
V5-6 6C+ Boulder
The Green Knob (SDS V7 Stan… W Side Boulders > Cave Boulder
 35
V7- 7A+ Boulder
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