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Caveman is basically one large boulder with a couple of stout routes on its south face. Its namesake route is worth the hike by itself. This area has a great view of Santa Barbara and is reminiscent of the fir tree paradise of Pine Mountain. Not a bad place to bring non-climbers as well, if you can convince them to belay you on your project.

Getting There

Per the Kevin Steele guidebook: "This is the large boulder, with a cave at its base, on the unnamed peak between Gibraltar Rock and La Cumbre Peak. The outcrop sits near the top of the hill among a group of pines facing the ocean. The rock is visible from Gibraltar Rock. The approach starts about 1.2 miles up the road beyond Gibraltar Rock. Start hiking up a small wash on the left, then across the hillside following a faint trail."

An added suggestion for the approach is to take a left at the Gibraltar Road/Camino Cielo "T" a park in a turnout on the left side of the road. Walk back DOWN Gibraltar Road about 100 feet, then take a trail up and to your right. The trail is actually in pretty good condition. Once you climb the small peak and enter a boulder field overlook, look for weaknesses in the manzanita to your left. You can see the formation down the hill about 100 meters. The trail is a little overgrown, but not too bad.

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Dang, didn't see this comment buried here 'til a bit late. Sent ya a message Sean, but not sure if it went through. Anyhows, hit me up anytime, always stoked to do more work at the Point. Feb 2, 2013
Sean Denny
Sean Denny   Irvine
Hey Tim,

Yeah, I recognize the boulders in the last three photos. The second one has one line that's been done (possibly two). Don't know of any ascents on the others. I've checked them out though and there certainly some good potential.
I'm going to be out at Potter's Friday if you want to meet and put some stuff up. Jan 30, 2013
I don't have the ability to move things, but I'll let Andy know.

I was out by Caveman the other day, and took a few pics:

The first 5 are from near Caveman, and may be some of the problems your referencing. The last 3 are more towards the main bouldering area, on the mountain side down from Ballet Lessons. Let me know if your recognize any/have any info. Jan 29, 2013
Nick Sullens
Yosemite/ Bishop
Nick Sullens   Yosemite/ Bishop
Bumpis and Big Slick Manzy are on a large boulder right adjacent to the Caveman boulder. Bumpis is on the left side of the boulder and Big Slick Manzy around on the right side. There is also a pretty cool thin fingercrack on this boulder as well, very aesthetically pleasing if I remember correctly. There are quite a few boulders with nice rock quality right past the Caveman boulder too.... Jan 24, 2013
Will Barnes
Edmonton, AB
Will Barnes   Edmonton, AB
Ya if I remember correctly these guys are on the way to caveman but it's been a while since I've been out there. I want to get out there soon though so I'll try to put up some more detailed location info if I do Jan 23, 2013
Sean Denny
Sean Denny   Irvine
Hey Tim,

A few things need to be moved over here. The climbs Bumpis, Big Slick Manzanita, etc which are listed in Unknown location belong in Caveman. I think. Nick or Will would probably know. Jan 23, 2013
This area is still called 'Potters Point (inc. Caveman)', but is now actually just the bouldering. Not really important, but might be clearer to remove that (since caveman isn't included anymore).

Edit: Although when I was wandering around here the other day there's certainly some potential for a few good boulder problems scatted about. I'll add more here once the rain clears up and I can get some pics. Dec 22, 2012
andy patterson
Carpinteria, CA
andy patterson   Carpinteria, CA  
We migrated the Caveman stuff to here:… Sep 11, 2012
Anyone know what the fixed knifeblade on the right side of the Caveman boulder is about? In a shallow right-facing corner about halfway up. Just right of the 5.10b route Balance of Terror. Feb 29, 2012
steve edwards
steve edwards   SLC, UT
The peak is called Potter's Point and there are a handful of routes scattered around. Probably 10 at least--I should know but I don't feel like looking at my book. Seems odd to use this old description.

There's a lot of rock on this hillside. We established quite a few routes and, since, I've heard of some people sorting out some of the bouldering possibilities.

Away from Caveman, most of the routes are in the 10 range, and there's a cool long-ish 5.7 behind a huge pine tree on the biggest face you see.

At the cave, there's, hmm, an 11+,12a, 12c, weird slanting hard 10 or easy 11, and a great 13a. May 18, 2009

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