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Dropout Option

5.11d, Trad, 100 ft,  Avg: 3.3 from 4 votes
FA: Topher Donahue
Colorado > Boulder > Boulder Canyon > Castle Rock
Access Issue: Seasonal Closure / Update Details


Climb the Final Exam over the first bulge, then step right to seams leading to the thin line through the roof 6 feet right of the Pass Fail Option.


Thin but good pro in the seams, two #00 Metolius TCUs in surprising placements protect the first move out the roof to jugs, then finger-size TCUs protect the crux section. There is a bolt anchor directly over lip.

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The anchors are directly above, making for an easy TR.
[Hide Photo] The anchors are directly above, making for an easy TR.

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Aaron Ramras
[Hide Comment] This is a wonderful finish to Final Exam and deserves more attention! The holds are positive and the climbing is bouldery. I found it to be higher quality and only slightly more difficult than its neighbor, the Pass/Fail Option. The difficulty felt similar to me as other hard 11s at Castle Rock, although it may be closer to 12a/b if you are shorter?

The small gear at the start of the roof is bomber; however, it is small. We found that a bomber 0.3 X4 cam fit very well under the small gear to protect the crux. Interestingly, neither the 0.3 C4 or the yellow C3 fit in the placement. With the X4, the route felt very safe, and a ground-up effort would be a fun challenge for a solid climber. If you want to avoid rope drag, build an anchor on the slab above Final Exam and pull your rope through before tackling the roof. Go get on it! Jul 13, 2014