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Routes in Right Side Gully

Adaptive Expectations S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Capitalism & Freedom S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Classically Liberal S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Consumption Dysfunction S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Free to Choose S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Invisible Hand S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Natural Rate of Unemployment S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Permanent Income Hypothesis S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Rose T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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The Right-Side Gully was the first area within the Fortress to see major development. There are currently more than 10-pitches of climbing in the 5.7-5.10d range, providing a full day of possibilities.

The Right-Side Gully is created by three major flatirons. There are long, moderate routes up each of these. Of the three formations, the two that house P.I.H. and Capitalism & Freedom are not to be missed. Both formations offer stunning exposure and very aesthetic summits at accessible climbing grades.

Getting There

The right-side gully is the closest and most impressive of the gullies as viewed from the parking area.

From the dirt turnout, walk down to Sespe Creek. Turn left and walk down stream for about 100 feet. Cross the creek, continue down stream for about 100 feet and then climb the hillside to the left of a boulder-filled drainage. Cross the drainage to access the start of Free to Choose.

The first pitch of Free to Choose can be used to access all of the routes located to its left. While it is possible to scramble up the gully itself to access routes like P.I.H. and Natural Rate, it is not recommended. Continue traversing right from the base of Free to Choose to access Classically Liberal and Consumption Dysfunction.

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Matthew Fienup
Ventura, CA
Matthew Fienup   Ventura, CA  
Hi Trevor. We explored the face between Free to Choose and Classically Liberal, and did not find evidence of previous ascents. What we found instead was the poorest quality rock on any of the flatirons in the Fortress. Mar 26, 2017
Trevor Cox
Ojai, California
Trevor Cox   Ojai, California
Love this place!

Matthew: Any idea if any routes have been established on the big face to the right of Free to Choose? Can't seem to find anything. Mar 25, 2017
Matthew Fienup
Ventura, CA
Matthew Fienup   Ventura, CA  
a.k.a. "Milton Friedman Memorial Crag."

As a historical footnote, Milton Friedman died the same week that we undertook our first day of exploration in the Fortress in November 2006. The route "Free to Choose" was the first line that we explored. Feb 6, 2009

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