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Areas in Rumbling Bald Bouldering

Central Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
East Side Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 56 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 56
Hanging Chain Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
West Side Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 92 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 92

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.

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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+
 70
Crescent Crack
Boulder
V2 5+
 20
Silver Platter
Boulder
V2 5+
 51
Captain Aslab
Boulder
V2 5+
 47
Short Crack
Boulder
V3 6A
 38
Basketball Mantle
Boulder
V3 6A
 32
Classic Overhang
Boulder
V3+ 6A+
 31
Slave Driver
Boulder
V4 6B
 36
Brackish One
Boulder
V4 6B
 66
Dime Crack
Boulder
V4 6B
 34
Moby Dick
Boulder
V4-5 6B+
 43
The Helicopter sds
Boulder
V5 6C
 28
Kung Fu Grip
Boulder
V5-6 6C+
 37
Rotator Cuff (SDS V6 Stand V5)
Boulder
V7- 7A+
 26
The Green Knob (SDS V7 Stand V5)
Boulder
V7 7A+
 19
French Maid
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Crescent Crack W Side Boulders > Devil Boulder
 70
V2 5+ Boulder
Silver Platter E Side Boulders > Silver Platter Boulder
 20
V2 5+ Boulder
Captain Aslab W Side Boulders > Moby Dick Boulder
 51
V2 5+ Boulder
Short Crack W Side Boulders > Short Crack Boulder
 47
V2 5+ Boulder
Basketball Mantle W Side Boulders > Hull Area > Shady Grove
 38
V3 6A Boulder
Classic Overhang W Side Boulders > Classic Overhang
 32
V3 6A Boulder
Slave Driver E Side Boulders > Slave Driver Boulder
 31
V3+ 6A+ Boulder
Brackish One E Side Boulders > Brackish Boulder
 36
V4 6B Boulder
Dime Crack W Side Boulders > Trailside Area > Trailside Boulder
 66
V4 6B Boulder
Moby Dick W Side Boulders > Moby Dick Boulder
 34
V4 6B Boulder
The Helicopter sds W Side Boulders > Washing Machine Boulder
 43
V4-5 6B+ Boulder
Kung Fu Grip W Side Boulders > Cave Boulder
 28
V5 6C Boulder
Rotator Cuff (SDS V6 Stand V5) W Side Boulders > Cave Boulder
 37
V5-6 6C+ Boulder
The Green Knob (SDS V7 Stan… W Side Boulders > Cave Boulder
 26
V7- 7A+ Boulder
French Maid W Side Boulders > French Maid Area
 19
V7 7A+ Boulder
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Hillbill
Indianapolis
Hillbill   Indianapolis
Hey everyone, I'll be in Asheville this weekend and thought I'd check out some boulders during my spare time. Does anyone have any boulder recommendations (V3 - V7 range) or beta on how to get there. It looks pretty self-explanatory from what I've read but I may or may not have a guidebook. Thanks! Jul 24, 2018
  • * The start holds on Moby Dick are very loose! If you climb this, try not to pull the rock out. Seems to hold with downward pressure but loose if you pull out. This climb is about to change forever when those blocks come out.
Nov 6, 2018

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