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Routes in Crag Full of Dynamite

Arch Stanton TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Ecstacy of Gold, The S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Fistful of Crystals TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
For a Few Crystals More S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, The S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
He Who Double-crosses Me... S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
My Name's Nobody, Bub S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Once Upon a Climb in the West S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Unknown TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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Excellent moderate sport routes. Zero Approach--belay from the hood of the car! Only enough climbing for a half-day but still worth the drive. This site offers an excellent escape from the usual weekend crowds at Gibraltar. The routes are all on typical (i.e. soft) Central Coast sandstone.

Perhaps the single best perk is the outstanding view into Los Padres, to the north.

Weather / Climbing Season

The site faces north making the site an ice box in the winter. Just beyond the reach of coastal cooling, the site can be sweltering in the summer. Consider Crag Full of Dynamite to be a mostly Spring/Fall crag.

Getting There

From Gibraltar Rock, drive uphill on Gibraltar Road for about five minutes. Turn Right on Camino Cielo and drive for approximately 6 miles (about ten minutes). The crag overlooks the road on the right hand side.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Crag Full of Dynamite

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
The Ecstacy of Gold
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Ecstacy of Gold
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
The Good, the Bad, and the…
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
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M. Morley
Sacramento, CA
M. Morley   Sacramento, CA  
"Excellent" might be a bit optimistic description of this crag, but it's worth a quick visit if in the area. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is the best of the bunch. All 9 routes are visible in this photo:


If the route names appear a bit odd, rent the movie. May 8, 2009
Choss pile. As of 1/16/11, the 16" of rain this year on the SB flats (def more on the camino cielo spine) have created a weathering rind out of this surface. Bolts "look" okay, but the climbing features are crap. No amount of drying will matter - if you head here this year, expect to be doing a lot of recleaning, muttering, and wondering why you don't live closer to real rock. Jan 18, 2011
Jim H
Pasadena, CA
Jim H   Pasadena, CA
Climbed this last year. The rock and location were great for our group. There was little to no traffic on the road and enough space that we didn't need to stand in the road to belay.
The bolts and holds were all fine and I highly recommend this for a group looking to tick some moderates. Jun 21, 2016

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