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Air Over Aries S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Aries (aka The Lizard) T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Blockbuster T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Breakfast of Champions T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Great Northern Slab T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Let's Go Bowling T,S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Libra Crack T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Marginal Karma T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Nick O' Time T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
On the Verge S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Pisces T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Pretty Vacant S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Roger's Corner T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Sickle Crack T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Sonic Reducer S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Strength Through Bowling T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Sugar Bear T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Taurus T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Terminal Preppie T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Voyage to the Bottom of the Verge T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Type: Trad, 90 ft
FA: Greg Olsen, Jon Nelson 1983
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Shared By: andyf on Jul 16, 2007
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Nate Ball

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I absolutely love this route!!! Terminal Preppie offers multiple 5.11 cruxes with a great blend of power and finesse.

Climb easily to the first bolt, then ponder the first crux: an insecure friction sequence to nab a good jug below the roof. Undercling right and power over the bolt-protected roof (5.10 if you do it right), then balance up to a short crack/flake. Place a small wired if you want, or run it out to clip the first bolt of a fantastic three-bolt crimping sequence on matchstick to half-inch edges. The highly technical ultimate crux comes at the last bolt, starting off a good stance, which is good because it might take awhile to decipher.

Ah, but it's not over! After a moderate runout (good holds will appear), sidle up on a flake below the final roof and place a small wired (good placements). The final 5.11 crux pulls the roof on thin jams to a bomber rail, with a welcome horizontal hand crack at the back.


Approach as for Roger's Corner. Terminal Preppie is the first obvious route on the slab left of Roger's Corner.


5 bolts (old bolts replaced in 2007), plus a few supplemental pieces. Definitely bring small wireds for the upper roof and for protecting the small crack/flake above the first roof. A #1 Camalot works well in the flake getting to the first bolt. A #3 Wild Country Rock is perfect for the upper roof. You can place a #2 Camalot in the final horizontal hand crack.


Jon Nelson
Bellingham, WA
Jon Nelson   Bellingham, WA Feb 13, 2016
James Ellis
Seattle, Washington
  5.11c/d PG13
James Ellis   Seattle, Washington
  5.11c/d PG13
Safe but exciting runout after the last bolt on non-trivial climbing. Spectacular route that requires some creativity to decipher. Go do it! Oct 26, 2015
Scott W
Flagstaff, AZ
Scott W   Flagstaff, AZ
Classic index slab. Hard levitation moves to good stances...and one crux after another till the chains. I think this route sports 4 5.11 cruxs. Beautiful. Apr 25, 2011
C Miller   CA  
The name Terminal Preppie comes from a Dead Kennedys song of the same name. Jul 17, 2007