|Renaissance Crag (AKA Rattlesnake Canyon Crag)
A secluded nook of riparian beauty, varied climbing, and esoteric character. Has some of the longer lines in town (not lying), and some of the hardest as well. The style of climbing ranges from 5.7 slab-fests, to 5.13 crimp test-pieces, with a growing selection of 5.9 and 5.10 moderates. The crag still needs a lot of work, and I'm currently preparing some quality topos for the area, so consider this MP post a primer.
Check back soon!
NOTE: I'm not the first person to try developing this area. I've found old anchors, rusty bolts, and sundry evidence of past climbing shenanigans. I'm just another enthusiast picking up where someone else left off. If I named and graded a route that you know someone else did first, I apologize.
Park at Rattlesnake Canyon Trailhead, hike up the trail about 25-30 minutes. After the second big stream crossing, walk about fifty feet and look up the hill to your right. The steep overhang with a couple of fixed draws? That's it.
12 Total Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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Trebuchet 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport, 35'
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Trebuchet 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c CA
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First ascents are tricky to find, nab, and grade. Trebuchet struck me as exceptionally beautiful and powerful, so I committed myself to equipping and leading it. To be sure, there WERE old top-rope anchors on top of the cliff, so I can't prove the line was never climbed on TR, but I feel lucky to be the first person to have bolted and led Trebuchet. Is it 5.13? By my best judgement (which isn't always the best arbiter of truth), I think it might be, if maybe slightly easier. You could also think...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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BETA PHOTO: The Fun in the Sun wall, in Rattlesnake Canyon, ge...
Rough trail map.
Nicole descends the gully below the Fun in the Sun...
BETA PHOTO: Just downhill and across the stream from Renaissan...
How good is the view?!
The summit of Fun in the S...
|Comments on Renaissance Crag (AKA Rattlesnake Canyon Crag)
|By Neil Roessler|
Dec 29, 2011
Beautiful Andy. Great to see this area on the map! Keep up the good work out there, I look forward to jumping on some of these problems soon.
|By Tucker Eurman|
Jul 14, 2013
Great little spot, definitely for stronger climbers. The climbing and belay areas are all shaded all day. There is some poison oak around, so be careful. All of the bolts look basically new, and there are some trad nuts and quickdraws left (assuming for people's projects?). The hike was a little longer than 30min, and is uphill most of the way. We thought we had missed a turnoff, but kept hiking until we did eventually come across a second creek crossing. As long as you keep heading uphill, you'll hit it, and if not, you can end up at Gibraltar.
Really great spot with some solid, really hard, well protected, overhangs.
|By Guy Keesee|
From: Moorpark, CA
Oct 24, 2013
I do not live in SB...Moorpark. I only roll in and enjoy the local rocks when its to hot or to cold at other places... So where is this "Rattlesnake Canyon".... if its below Gibralter... I think I know how to locate it.
One of the benefits of the fire?
Looks like a fun place, thanks.
|By Chris Morissette|
From: Santa Barbara
Feb 12, 2014
I hiked up Rattlesnake Canyon yesterday and saw some development on the Fun in the Sun Wall. Are you the one developing that? If so, I would like to A. help and B. donate some hangers and bolts. It looks like a pretty cool spot with room for some new slab route up and left.