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Rocket Science

5.10c/d, Trad, 80 ft,  Avg: 2.7 from 16 votes
FA: Bruce Burgess
N Carolina > Rumbling Bald > Test Pilots Buttress


Start at thin right facing flake 10' left of Test Pilots. Move to a large horizontal opening and clip bolt. Make some bouldery moves to get to the second bolt. Clip a new bolt in the white horizontals. After third bolt move up and left through bulge placing gear. Move up and right to the Test Pilots anchor.


10' left of Test Pilots


Draws, TCU's to #1 camalot. Rap from Test Pilot bolts.

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Bruce Burgess
[Hide Comment] Replacing these 20 year old bolts with some re-engineering had been on my to-do list for too long, so today the job got done. There are now three SS bolts with optional gear between the 2nd and 3rd. Mandatory gear placements ensue above where the climb merges with Copilots.

If you don't want to stick clip, a #4 Cam goes nicely in the first big slot. Not P/G rated anymore. Mar 2, 2013
Jon Lane
Asheville, NC
[Hide Comment] nice Bruce! Just climbed it Thursday and had the best ascent of it yet! Love the section past the bolts. Mar 9, 2013
WNC/Broomfield, CO
[Hide Comment] Thanks for the improvement Bruce. Much more aesthetic and fun to climb in it's new form. Mar 12, 2013
Shannon Millsaps
[Hide Comment] This route is so good. Steep to techy face back to some steeps and a slabby finish. Thanks for the re-engineering Bruce! Jan 18, 2014
[Hide Comment] Great forearm pumper. After the third bolt, don't get sucked in to going too far left on the ledge for gear like I did- the horizontal rail does not offer great gear. Instead head straight up for a crimpy jug surrounded by white rock taking a blue TCU. Nov 9, 2015