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Getting ThereSanta Barbara is a low-key town an hour north of Los Angeles. Take the 101 north and you go right through town.
DescriptionSanta Barbara has a large number of short cliffs scattered about the ridgeline behind the city. The rock is dense sandstone of mixed quality and primarily bolted. Like San Luis Obispo, it's not a destination area, but good routes exist.
The rock is soft, and softer when wet, so please respect the one day of drying for each day of rain rule.
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 A little outdated in some areas, but a gem of adventurous and off-the-beaten-track routes nonetheless.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: catalogue of climbing and assorted adventure from guidebook author Bob Banks.
- www.crankenstein.com: let burly sport climber and Owl Tor afficionado 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
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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