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Flappin' In the Breeze

5.10a, Trad, Sport, 300 ft, 3 pitches,  Avg: 3.5 from 34 votes
FA: Andy Kluge, Bruce Burgess - 1998
N Carolina > Rumbling Bald > Flapping.../Nuclear a…


Three pitches of excellent Rumbling Bald face climbing.

P1> Climb up the left side of the giant flake or romp up the wide gash that forms the right side of the feature. Move left and climb up to the first bolt. Trend left on easier ground aiming for a double bolt belay. There are slight variations on this pitch making it feel easier or harder.
100 ft.

P2> Climb straight up to a bolt. Move left then up and traverse right. Climb up and left following a seam which changes into a nice crack/left facing feature(amazing). Follow this to another double bolt belay.
100 ft.

P3> Climb straight up discontinuous features aiming for a bolt. Move left then climb straight up to a right facing flake/roof. Rail right on great holds(steep) with great exposure. Gain a stance and step up to another double bolt belay.
90 ft.

Note: The second rap takes every bit of a single 60m rope. Watch your ends!

Also be sure and take some brass, it might save your a**.


Up the hill and left of Southern Boys. Starts on a pedastel beneath a huge flake, pasted to the wall.


bolts, nuts, tricams, tcu's, camalots to red.

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So far so good!
[Hide Photo] So far so good!
Mary nearing the top of P2 on a cool summer day.
[Hide Photo] Mary nearing the top of P2 on a cool summer day.
The final fun moves on P3.
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Start of Flappin' in the Breeze, Rumbling Bald, NC.
[Hide Photo] Start of Flappin' in the Breeze, Rumbling Bald, NC.

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Jeff Mekolites
[Hide Comment] Great route with a variety of climbing and a spectacular setting. Pitch 3 is Awesome. Mar 10, 2010
zFoy Foy
Asheville, NC
[Hide Comment] The lower pitches go stiff at 5.9+, especially given the lack of bolts/gear/placements. Heady for sure, but a fun trip. Sep 16, 2010
[Hide Comment] 2 sets of small nuts will help with peace of mind on the second pitch. Excellent climb. Jan 1, 2012
Mark Paulson
Raleigh, NC
[Hide Comment] You can use a single 60 to rap, but you need every inch of it. Don't try it if you've chopped anything off one or both of your ends. Also, when it says to go left, up, and right after the first bolt on P2, you have to go _way_ right, past the bushy ledge to get to a crucial horizontal (which we missed). Otherwise the runout is pretty horrible, even for NC. Wish we'd had brass offsets. Nov 5, 2013
Dustin Stephens
  5.10a PG13
[Hide Comment] Spectacular climbing on this one Mar 8, 2015
Curtis Baird
Johnson City, TN
  5.10a PG13
[Hide Comment] I agree that the first 2 pitches go stiff at 5.9+, given the runout. I thought all three pitches felt about the same grade. I found that having 0 and 00 mastercams along with some offset brass stoppers really helped mitigate some of the run out. P3 roof is awesome. Jan 27, 2019