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Flappin' In the Breeze 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 300'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Andy Kluge, Bruce Burgess - 1998
Season: Fall, Winter, Spring
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Submitted By: gneiss pirate on Nov 1, 2009

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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.

Photos of Flappin' In the Breeze Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Mary nearing the top of P2 on a cool summer day.
Mary nearing the top of P2 on a cool summer day.
Rock Climbing Photo: The final fun moves on P3.
The final fun moves on P3.
Rock Climbing Photo: Start of Flappin' in the Breeze, Rumbling Bald, NC...
Start of Flappin' in the Breeze, Rumbling Bald, NC...

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By Jeff Mekolites
From: ATL GA
Mar 10, 2010

Great route with a variety of climbing and a spectacular setting. Pitch 3 is Awesome.
By zFoy Foy
From: Asheville, NC
Sep 16, 2010

The lower pitches go stiff at 5.9+, especially given the lack of bolts/gear/placements. Heady for sure, but a fun trip.
Jan 1, 2012

2 sets of small nuts will help with peace of mind on the second pitch. Excellent climb.
By Mark Paulson
Nov 5, 2013

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.
By Dustin Stephens
Mar 8, 2015
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13

Spectacular climbing on this one

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