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Santa Barbara has a large number of short cliffs scattered about the ridgeline north of town. The rock is variable quality Matilija sandstone. Like San Luis Obispo, it's not a destination area, but good routes exist.
The rock is soft, and softer when wet, so please do not climb for a minimum of 24 hours following a rainstorm.
Guidebooks currently available in local stores:
* Rock Climbing Santa Barbara & Ventura by Steve Edwards (well put together and still quite complete, covers roped routes as well as the major bouldering areas)
* Ocean's Eleven - Bouldering around Santa Barbara by Bob Banks (brand spankin' new!)
And a guidebook not currently available in stores, but obtainable on Ebay, Amazon, etc:
* "Climbing! Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo" by Steve Tucker and Kevin Steele. A fabulous text that pays ample homage to Santa Barbara's traditional roots. A little outdated in some areas, but a gem of adventurous and off-the-beaten-track routes nonetheless. It's out of print, so happy searching!
Here's some additional climbing related links with a local flair:
* www.king-dino.com: catalog of climbing and assorted adventure from guidebook author Bob Banks.
* www.crankenstein.com: let burly sport climber and Owl Tor aficionado Elijah Ball show you what's rad, and what's not. Topics range from climbing to freediving to weightlifting.
Classic Climbing Routes at Santa Barbara
Days w Precip