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Earthwatch Wall Rock Climbing 

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Location: 34.49402, -119.71266 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Richard Shore on Mar 24, 2014
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A short and severely overhung sport cliff. South and east-facing, mostly hot with some afteroon shade available on the East face. Some history of drilled holds, broken holds and epoxy reinforcements on the harder (5.12-5.13) routes on the east face.

Getting There 

From the transmission station atop La Cumbre Peak, hike around the east and south side of the tower, turning SW. Continue downhill until some cliffbands appear on your left, then contour back east along the base of these to the wall. About 5-10 minutes.

Climbing Season

For the Santa Barbara area.

Weather station 1.7 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

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Arlington - Cathedral - La Cumbre Peak Traverse 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CA : Central Coast : ... : Earthwatch Wall
In the spirit of other link-ups on the Central Coast (Spontaneous Order @ The Fortress on Hwy 33, 2 Hour 2 Tecate Challenge @ Bishop Peak) - this is a somewhat contrived 5th class way to bag all 3 peaks, gain some elevation, and get some miles under your feet. you can make the route as easy or as hard as you please, with options from 3rd class to 5.10c on each peak. The grade given here means nothing, really, unless you take my exact line.Starting at the Tunnel Trailhea...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By Jack Hereford
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Jun 24, 2015
Checked this wall out yesterday... there is no obvious approach trail and it looked as if this place hadn't been visited for years, if not decades. We were able to bushwack our way to the base by dropping down the east ridge and then cut across west, scrambling on some boulders/ hugging the face of the wall. Thoroughly overgrown. The anchors looked alright(ish) but I wouldn't trust too many of the bolts for repeated whippers. I couldn't tell if Epoxy and Smear the queer are even climbable anymore. All I could see were some drilled slots for the first couple bolts and then obviously broken patina with no visible holds for the top. Maybe they always look like that though... If anyone with a drill wants to help replace some bolts we could revitalize the crag. It's almost depressing how derelict the crag is
By Jan Roestel
Jun 25, 2015
I have been out here twice in the last few years. We usually rap in to the base using the CBS anchor. Once at the base it isn't too hard to get around. Climb out via the chimney on the east end. Yes, the hardware is aged but not the worst in SB.
I haven't climbed 'Smear' or 'Epoxy' but I have done the rest and they still go at similar grades to what is listed in the Edwards book.

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