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Elevation: 1,607 ft 490 m
GPS: 35.44899, -82.2143
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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'll 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!

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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.

311 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+
 44
Silver Platter
Boulder
V2 5+
 149
Crescent Crack
Boulder
V3 6A
 96
Basketball Mantle
Boulder
V3 6A
 63
Classic Overhang
Boulder
V4 6B
 68
Driver
Boulder
V4 6B
 77
Brackish One
Boulder
V4+ 6B+
 170
Dime Crack
Boulder
V5 6C
 67
Kung Fu Grip
Boulder
V5 6C
 56
Sleeping in the Devil's Bed
Boulder
V5-6 6C+
 74
Rotator Cuff (SDS V6 Stand V5)
Boulder
V6 7A
 49
Pit BBQ
Boulder
V7- 7A+
 48
The Green Knob (SDS V7 Stand V5)
Boulder
V7 7A+
 42
French Maid
Boulder
V7 7A+
 50
11:11
Boulder
V8 7B
 37
Brackish Water
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Silver Platter E Side Boulders > Silver Platter Boulder
 44
V2 5+ Boulder
Crescent Crack W Side Boulders > Devil Boulder
 149
V2 5+ Boulder
Basketball Mantle W Side Boulders > Hull Area > Shady Grove
 96
V3 6A Boulder
Classic Overhang W Side Boulders > Classic Overhang
 63
V3 6A Boulder
Driver E Side Boulders > Driver Boulder
 68
V4 6B Boulder
Brackish One E Side Boulders > Brackish Boulder
 77
V4 6B Boulder
Dime Crack W Side Boulders > Trailside Area > Trailside Boulder
 170
V4+ 6B+ Boulder
Kung Fu Grip W Side Boulders > Cave Boulder
 67
V5 6C Boulder
Sleeping in the Devil's Bed W Side Boulders > Devil Boulder
 56
V5 6C Boulder
Rotator Cuff (SDS V6 Stand V5) W Side Boulders > Cave Boulder
 74
V5-6 6C+ Boulder
Pit BBQ E Side Boulders > Pit
 49
V6 7A Boulder
The Green Knob (SDS V7 Stan… W Side Boulders > Cave Boulder
 48
V7- 7A+ Boulder
French Maid W Side Boulders > French Maid Area
 42
V7 7A+ Boulder
11:11 W Side Boulders > Washing Machine Boulder
 50
V7 7A+ Boulder
Brackish Water E Side Boulders > Brackish Boulder
 37
V8 7B Boulder
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