The start of the crux on Frosted Flake.
The Cereal Buttress is possibly the most popular spot at Rumbling Bald. It has a plentiful variety of routes, some multi-pitch; most are crack climbs, from moderate on up.
This area got its name back in the mid-70s, when pioneer Jeep Gaskin was scouting out the rock on a rainy day. Back home, he reported finding a "surreal buttress" and someone jokingly asked what kind of "cereal" it was. The name stuck.
From the parking lot, follow the rutted old jeep road up right about three-fourths of a mile to where it peters into a trail. Follow the trail past a boulderfield; at an obvious split, go left for the left end of Cereal Buttress or the Comatose Area; go right for the main Cereal Buttress and Cereal Wall.
Weather station 2.5 miles from here
29 Total Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cereal Buttress:
Fruit Loops 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 2 pitches, 160'
Obamanation 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 2 pitches, 125'
Sea Wolf 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
R Trad, 150'
Granola 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Born Again 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Inner Peace 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
PG13 Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Hungry Jack 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Featured Route For Cereal Buttress
Fruit Loops 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b NC
: Rumbling Bald
: Cereal Buttress
This is an outstanding route that any leader will enjoy, even if it's below your normal lead level. It's almost three climbs in one: crack climbing; chimney; and face climbing. Many people skip the second pitch, but it's lots of fun and very worthwhile.P1 - Start at a somewhat steep crack, working your way up with jams and some face holds. The going quickly gets easier/less steep, continue past some flake moves to the base of a chimney with bolted belay anchors (80').P2 -...[more] Browse More Classics in NC
Latest Regional Forum Messages
By Rob Dillon
Dec 31, 2006
One of the most prominent aspects of its' surreality is the 'air-conditioning chimney'--you can hear the water gurgling back in there somewhere, and yet the thing appears as dry as can be. If you've blown it by showing up at the Bald on a hot, steamy summer's day, you'll appreciate this feature perhaps more than any other.
By Austin Cooner
Jul 20, 2009
Second the amazing 'air conditioning' from the cave. Unfortunately, it was closed off due to the white-nosed syndrome affecting local bat populations. Hopefully it'll be open soon for caving.