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Swift Trip T 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

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Includes a small collection of quality routes, including Swift Trip, the best 5.11 lieback west of Indian Creek. Okay, that's an exaggeration, but it's a cool line for sure. If you're looking to push your trad hard-man skills, this pitch is for you, but first consider the tick-infested approach. On my first trip here, I pulled over fifty off my pants.

The first section of Swift Trip, a high quality 5.8 lieback crack, can be led and toproped seperate from the rest of the climb via some old bolts. I don't know what kind of bolts they are exactly, but they looked old, rusty, slightly bent, and the rock around them is on the soft side. Don't say I didn't warn you...

Getting There

From Santa Barbara, drive north on 154, take a right on Paradise Valley road and drive till you pass the first river crossing. Take a left and head towards Upper Oso Campground. Just before you hit the campsite, the crag can be seen to your right. Park here. There are a number of what seems to be cattle trails that lead in myriad directions, all of them bad and bush-ridden. My advice is to stay high and try not to get sucked into the creek.

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