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Getting There

Santa Barbara is a low-key town an hour north of Los Angeles. Take the 101 north and you go right through town.

Description

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 A little outdated in some areas, but a gem of adventurous and off-the-beaten-track routes nonetheless.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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Santa Barbara

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0+ 4+
 101
Lizards' Mouth Traverse
Boulder
V1 5
 67
The Extremist
Boulder
V2 5+
 76
Ace in the Hole
Boulder
V3 6A
 68
Shaken, Not Stirred
Boulder
V3 6A
 64
Panic in the streets
Boulder
V3 6A
 126
Charlotte's Web
Boulder
V3-4 6A+
 43
Meilee
Boulder
V4 6B
 59
Call Me
Boulder
V4 6B
 86
Yeti
Boulder
V4-5 6B+
 52
Watch the Dog
Boulder
V6 7A
 60
Smooth Criminal
Boulder
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 67
Orangahang
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 69
Great Race
Sport, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 58
T-Crack
Trad, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 64
The Jesus
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Lizards' Mouth Traverse Santa Barbara… > Lizard's Mouth > Mouth
 101
V0+ 4+ Boulder
The Extremist Santa Barbara… > Brickyard > Extremist Boulder
 67
V1 5 Boulder
Ace in the Hole Santa Barbara… > Lizard's Mouth > Meilee Area
 76
V2 5+ Boulder
Shaken, Not Stirred Santa Barbara… > Lizard's Mouth > Femme Fatale Area
 68
V3 6A Boulder
Panic in the streets Santa Barbara… > Lizard's Mouth > Sunset Boulevard
 64
V3 6A Boulder
Charlotte's Web Santa Barbara… > Brickyard > Charlotte's Web Area
 126
V3 6A Boulder
Meilee Santa Barbara… > Lizard's Mouth > Meilee Area
 43
V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Call Me Santa Barbara… > Lizard's Mouth > Sunset Boulevard
 59
V4 6B Boulder
Yeti Santa Barbara… > Brickyard > Yeti Boulder
 86
V4 6B Boulder
Watch the Dog Santa Barbara… > Brickyard > Soot Patrol Boulder
 52
V4-5 6B+ Boulder
Smooth Criminal Santa Barbara… > Brickyard > Dancing Outlaw Boulder
 60
V6 7A Boulder
Orangahang San Ysidro
 67
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Great Race San Ysidro
 69
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
T-Crack Gibraltar Area > Gibraltar Rock
 58
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
The Jesus Playground > Little Lebowski Urban…
 64
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, TR
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