Elevation: 3,642 ft
GPS: 34.584, -119.263 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Matthew Fienup on Dec 1, 2006
Admins: andy patterson, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description

Sandstone face climbing on large, triangle-shaped formations above Sespe Creek.

The area is characterized by an airiness and sense of exposure that is truly unusual for Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Currently, only the most obvious and striking lines have been climbed. Still largely undeveloped, there is the potential for many more excellent moderate routes.

Getting There

From the Black Wall of Sespe Gorge, continue up the road for about 1/2 mile. Park in the huge dirt turnout on the left, just past the place where Hwy-33 crosses Derry Dale creek. The Fortress is directly overhead!

20 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Fortress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 12
Magali's Arete
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 18
Rational Expectations
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 48
Free to Choose
Sport 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 60
Permanent Income Hypothesis
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 11
Snickerdoodle
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 18
Seven Steps to Heaven
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
 34
Spontaneous Order
Sport 4 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 14
Consumption Dysfunction
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 7
Straight, No Chaser
Trad
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 28
Capitalism & Freedom
Sport 2 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 18
Natural Rate of Unemployment
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 12
Classically Liberal
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Magali's Arete Central Gully
 12
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Rational Expectations Central Gully
 18
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Free to Choose Right Side Gully
 48
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Permanent Income Hypothesis Right Side Gully
 60
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Snickerdoodle Central Gully
 11
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Seven Steps to Heaven Central Gully
 18
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Spontaneous Order Central Gully
 34
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13 Sport 4 pitches
Consumption Dysfunction Right Side Gully
 14
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Straight, No Chaser Central Gully
 7
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Capitalism & Freedom Right Side Gully
 28
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Natural Rate of Unemployment Right Side Gully
 18
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Classically Liberal Right Side Gully
 12
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
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