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Belafonte, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Bob's Ground Up Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Electric Jellyfish Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Shared By: Will Barnes on Jul 11, 2013
Admins: andy patterson, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

Jah Hole is located in a nice shady, off the beaten path location on the far East side of the Brickyard. As far as I can tell the area doesn't get much sun so the rock stays cool even on the hottest summer days.

The Kiser Problem (Pipeline?) brought me to this area originally. When I finished this problem we started to look around and realized that although the rocks around this area were really dirty and loose, it looked like there would be a lot of potential for some good climbs. After a couple weeks of trail maintenance and serious cleaning, some really nice problems are starting to emerge and there should be a some good ones still to come.

Over the next couple weeks I'll be updating this area with new climbs that are coming out in the hope to get people out climbing here. As Kelly has mentioned people have climbed here in the past but from what I can tell it's been a long time since these problems have been climbed. Hopefully with improved accessibility and a good cleaning these problems will receive some more attention rather than wasting away like they have been over the years.

As always, if anyone (Kelly?, Bob?) has info on the area let me know and I will update accordingly.

Getting There

From the Coffee Boulder keep walking towards the road (away from the Extremist boulder) following a faint trail that gets a little more obvious the further you go. When you hit the split in the trail after about 50 ft, take the right fork and continue for another 50ft. At this point you should hit a long cliffband that continues for roughly 300 ft or so on which a handful of nice climbs can be found.

Mini Guide

In an effort to get people out to continue the developement of Jah Hole I've compiled a little mini guide on the area which you can find below. Hopefully people will find it useful because there's still a lot to do out there. FYI the pictures look weird in Google Doc format for some reason but if you download the pdf they look fine. Cheers!

JAH HOLE MINI GUIDE

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Marcus LaCavera
Goleta, CA
Marcus LaCavera   Goleta, CA
Hey Will, not sure if you ever went back to 'Bond Company Stooge' (I assumed not due to the oaky landing and dirty top-out). A friend and I checked out Jah Hole finally and I *cleared* the topout - lots of dead sticks and dirt. I sent after a good fall and I think it clocks in around V4. Still needs to clean up a bit due to some flexy/thin holds, but it was a fun one! Video to follow.

p.s. Since the Bond Company Boulder isn't on here yet, should I wait or make a page with just one climb to be added onto later?

  • cleared = made it barely climbable - last move involved a hand full of dirt...
Jul 17, 2016
Ar Py  
Thanks for making your topo available, Will. Jul 5, 2016
steve edwards
SLC, UT
steve edwards   SLC, UT
Burritos, beer, and Life Aquatic. I wonder if he recognized me. Aug 13, 2013
Love the beer and burrito recs. Nice Will! Aug 9, 2013
Will Barnes
Edmonton, AB
Will Barnes   Edmonton, AB
I threw up a link to a little guide book I made for Jah Hole which you can find above in the Jah Hole area overview for anyone who's interested. Keeping with SB tradition I even included a beer and burrito recommendation...enjoy. Aug 7, 2013
Much respect for bringing this area back! Most likely, some of your problems are new. Jul 14, 2013
Will Barnes
Edmonton, AB
Will Barnes   Edmonton, AB
No worries Kelly I completely understand. Just to be clear I'm not claiming any of these climbs. I think the history of an area is important and I'm not trying to write over it...it's just not easy to come by in Santa Barbara. I'm just trying to bring the area back to life in the hopes that people will actually climb here rather than letting it waste away like it has been over the past years. Jul 12, 2013
People will always question anything you claim. Take this with a grain of sand as I always say. My input is always positive, so do not take my comments the wrong way.I think that it is great that you and others are enjoying these problems. I am just letting you know that lots of people have bouldered here in the past. The trail along the base of these problems used to not be there when I first went here, but that doesn't mean that someone was not here before we were. Jul 11, 2013
Will Barnes
Edmonton, AB
Will Barnes   Edmonton, AB
Awesome I'm working on a rough topo for the area so if you want to collaborate I'm happy to do so. I'll be out there a lot in the near future if you ever want to come out Jul 11, 2013
Hey Will, I am working on a map of this area, but right now my priority is finishing redoing the Lizard's Mouth areas that are not in Bob's Guide. That is great you are cleaning up the trail. There are some unclimbed lines still down there, but most of them have seen sends. I rarely post FA's because my generation never felt the need to document and sites like this did not exist. I do not know all the names either, but I know that there are over 50 good problems down there. Happy hunting! Jul 11, 2013
Will Barnes
Edmonton, AB
Will Barnes   Edmonton, AB
  • I'll be adding routes and naming them what we've been calling them without prior knowledge of past ascents. If they are established climbs and have already been named let me know and I'll update
Jul 11, 2013

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