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Test Pilots Buttress

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5.8 Crack T 
Backdoor Man T,S 
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Crimp and the Crush, The T,S 
Flakes of Bake T 
Flakes of Wrath (aka Arch Rival) T,S 
Focus T,S 
Gimme three steps... T,S 
Kennedy Space Port T 
Kosmonauts T,S 
Rocket Science T 
Space Monkey T,S 
Test Pilots S 
Weight and Balance Check T 
Z Crack T 

Test Pilots Buttress Rock Climbing 


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Description 

This tall buttress has some of the best steep/face/crack routes that the Bald has to offer. The sunny side is great when temps are cool and crisp. On warmer days you can head around to the shady side for a good pump workout.

Getting There 

Approach from either the boulder field trail or the Cereal Buttress trail.

Climbing Season

For the Rumbling Bald area.

Weather station 2.5 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',6],['5.11',6],['5.12',2],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Test Pilots Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Test Pilots Buttress:
5.8 Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Co-Pilots   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
Z Crack   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   
Rocket Science   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Weight and Balance Check   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   
Flakes of Bake   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 70'   
Flakes of Wrath (aka Arch Rival)   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Kosmonauts   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
Space Monkey   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Kennedy Space Port   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
Focus   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a R     Trad, Sport, 95'   
Test Pilots   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Backdoor Man   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Mary at the technical arete start

Focus 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a NC : Rumbling Bald : Test Pilots Buttress
This mega-classic is another Doug Reed ground-up testpiece.Climb amazing and crimpy face past 3 bolts and a gear placement to an intermediate anchor and lower off. 5.11 a/b. Or, continue up and right for the technical and well protected crux move. Move slightly right then fire straight up (5.9 R) to the top. Belay off a very healthy juniper tree....[more]   Browse More Classics in NC

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By Brad Beggs
From: Knoxville
Nov 4, 2016
CONDITION REPORT 
Cooter Bug - Missing Hangers at anchor

If you climb Cooter Bug (5.7), either bring hangers and nuts to put on the bolts (which are in fine condition) or finish on a tree right (rope drag) or finish on the 2nd pitch of Weight & Balance Check (5.9+).

If you climb the second pitch of Weight & Balance, bring plenty of TCUs as you'll need them before you can reach the bolts.