The Dead Terrorist
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This super fun route takes a beautiful position on the cliff as it wonders up the ridge. A candidate for the longest route in the San Bernardino Mountains. Fully bolted, no trad gear necessary!
WARNING: If people are climbing in the canyon use extreme caution not to knock off loose rocks. Although this route is fully bolted be prepared to spend several hours on the wall(Grade II), and don't forget to bring water.
P1. 5.7. 9 Bolts, Chain Anchor, 90 feet. Start by climbing “Rumble in the Rubble” Clip the “Rumble” anchor with a quickdraw and continue up past bolts and a permadraw up to the Anchor on a shared belay ledge with “Eco Challenge”.
P.2. 5.8. 11 Bolts, Chain Anchors, 90 feet. Climb up the beautiful slab tending right staying close to and sometimes on the arête. About 2/3 up traverse right passing the arête and head into the corner, then up the block to finish on the “Sniper Ledge”.
(P.1 & P.2 can be combined for a 180’ pitch. You can retreat by two 100’ rappels)
P.3. 5.4. 2 Bolts, Chain Anchor, 50 feet. Climb up and left passing two bolts, mantle onto easy ground then up to the Chain anchor on the face above. This puts you on top of the lower buttress.
P.4. 5.8. 8 Bolts, Slung tree, Chain Anchor, 80 feet. “The Traverse” Climb horizontally right past good moves with incredible exposure, go under and clip the stump, swinging on it like a monkey. Keep heading right and make the crux moves transitioning onto the right face. A few more moves with epic exposure to the belay.
(You can retreat by rapping strait down past two oak trees to a project anchor. Rap from project anchor down and right to the “Swamp Thing” anchor.)
P.5. 5.6. Bolts, Chain Anchor, 90 feet. Climb traversing up and right following the bolts on the high quality slab with amazing exposure. (Can escape by rapping to the bird ledge left of sidewalk ledge.)
P.6. 5.6. Bolts, Bolted Anchor, 90 feet . More high quality slab and face, pass above several anchors for the headwall climbs and finish up and right to the belay ledge.
(Can rap down to the sidewalk ledge then rap “Jacks First Trip”)
P.7. 5.4. 5 Bolts, Bolted Anchor, 50 feet. Easy climbing off to the right of the ledge that narrows into a corner, step right and make the final slab moves with huge exposure to the belay ledge. From here either make two rappels down to the “Bad Boys” anchor or hike off the back and down to rap “slippery when wet”.
Start by climbing Rumble in the Rubble. The route can be rapped from any point. At the end of P7 you can do three raps to the ground or hike off the back.
Fully bolted, Chain anchors. Can be done with 12 quickdraws and a 60m rope!
BETA PHOTO: Dead Terrorist ridge traverse
Carlos says "Wild" on the traverse.
Carlos finishing the crux.
Carlos at the P.4 Anchor.
|Comments on The Dead Terrorist
Nov 13, 2012
awesomely fun route, amazing exposure on P2 and 4
|By Jeff Edge|
Feb 4, 2013
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c
Climbed the route today, some loose rock but not bad at all.
If I was you, I would:
-link pitches 2&3 (pitch 3 is just a short scramble up to p4 belay)
-leave all draws on P4 traverse for your second (even the sketchy stump)
-link pitches 5&6 if you backclean a few draws or run it out, drags not too bad at all
Didn't do the final pitch, rapped off the anchors just to the right (about 2 feet down and to the right) of the P6 anchors. 2 Ropes got us to the "sidewalk" ledge (I think, fixed line on it..pretty big. We were about 20 ft past the middle (on 2 60m) so if rapping with one 60m from P6 you'd want to find some intermediary anchors to gain an extra 15-20ft. Then another double rope simul-rap from the ledge got us down below the upper falls.
Thanks very much to the FAist for such a fun route so close to home, appreciate the incredible amount of effort it must have taken to clean.
Also, one of the bolts on the slab face of p5(or beginning of 6) was smashed flat, could still get a draw on and climbing was super easy right there anyway.
May 6, 2013
climbed it today. the traverse is fun. lots of bolts and anchors around. bring 2 ropes for long raps. lost of chossy stuff. would not come back for this one. but lots of solid single pitch hard climbs