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Shared By: andy patterson on Nov 17, 2013
Admins: andy patterson, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes


The Creamery has been climbed over the decades by at least a small handful of intrepid locals, but no substantial development occurred till the Summer of 2013. I had been eyeing the boulders below the old Monastery (burned in the Tea Fire) for years, and after taking a long, hard look at the vegetated hillside, I finally mustered the gumption to explore. Paydirt!

This place isn't as large as the Brickyard, but the rock is generally better, or, in some cases MUCH better. The climbing varies dramatically from low-ball butt-draggers to tall, proud, technical faces. Grades range from V0 to V12(and up), with a pretty good dispersion of difficulty. There's something for everyone here.

After talking to some other locals (namely Kelly Lindsay), I found out that this secret paradise was referred to by some as The Scorpion Boulders. In the interest of clarity, and with respect to the psyche of the dedicated crew that helped me develop this area, the boulderfield was dubbed The Creamery, and many of the problems vaunt ice-cream, freezer-appliance, dessert, or confectionary titles. Why? Because at the time we started climbing there, I had just finished doing all the metal-work for the new McConnell's Ice Cream store in downtown SB. Their frozen cream dominates the world with its goodness.

Currently, we are putting up new problems every week or so, and there's room for more development. I'll be posting as promptly as I can, but in the meantime I wanted to at least get some word out.

Access note: the property above the Creamery is private. I don't know how far down the hillside their property-line continues, but consider it prudent to not rile the locals. Approach the Creamery from Rattlesnake trail, and don't try to drive in from the top.

Getting There

Lucky for us SBers, The Creamery is only about 15 minutes from central SB.

Park at Rattlesnake trailhead. Start by walking up trail. After climbing out of the riverbed on some short switchbacks, you leave the trees. Walk another 80 feet or so, and look for a break in the bushes to your right. The trail is faint at first (I wanted to make it somewhat hidden to hikers), but the higher you go up the hillside, the better the trail becomes. The first good boulder you come to has a tall, intimidating face.

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Interesting debate over the name of this place. I climbed a fair amount of the easy stuff here in December 2008 with friends just weeks after the Tea Fire swept through and you could walk straight through the barren ash remains to the boulders. Without knowing any previous history, I called it "The Monastery" in honour of Mount Calvary Monastery above, which burned to the ground in that fire. To me (and my peers), that name still holds the truest sense of the feeling I get when climbing there...and probably always will. Aug 28, 2014
Yea, I know Andy. I do support you guys more than you know. I am very impressed with all the new stuff that has happened here and am supportive of most of the name changes. I agree that names can be changed, but I feel that there should be some sort of agreement with the entire local community before it gets accepted. Jul 1, 2014
andy patterson
Carpinteria, CA
andy patterson   Carpinteria, CA  
Kelly, you are THE encyclopedia of bouldering around these parts. I didn't mean "hazy" as an insult. Respect, respect, respect. Jul 1, 2014
Hazy? Thanks Andy. Jun 30, 2014
Touche, Bob.

Unfortunately, the stars of this flick are hairy, farmer-tanned, shirtless men. I'll save my $12. Apr 1, 2014
andy patterson
Carpinteria, CA
andy patterson   Carpinteria, CA  
Bob, I have nothing witty to say. You raised the bar way, way too high. Mar 27, 2014
I dunno about that Shore.

You're at the Fiesta 5 with 12 dollars in your pocket. There are two movies showing, both starring Halle Berry and Charlize Theron. One is called Scorpion, the other is The Creamery.

I know which one I'm buying popcorn for. Mar 26, 2014
Kelly was hazy on the details? The dude has a mind like a steel trap. Just rousing you, Andy. But seriously, Scorpion Boulders is a much sexier name.. Mar 24, 2014
andy patterson
Carpinteria, CA
andy patterson   Carpinteria, CA  
Yeah, it could be titled as The Scorpion boulders, but to be honest, I'm not 100% sure that that was even what it was called. Kelly seemed to be hazy on the details, and I just wanted to include what it MIGHT have been called. I'll take any historical info folks can offer. In the meantime, I wanted to honor the extremely dedicated and motivated folks developing the area.

Enjoy the fruits! Mar 23, 2014
Maybe the above description should say "out of respect for the FA-ists it shall remain known as the Scorpion Boulders." Mar 22, 2014
What's with the stashed pads, abundant ticks, and even two-feet long tick marks?

Is this how the boulders in SB should be treated? Are the boulders just an extension of the gym now?

I sure appreciate the development. A little stewardship should go along with it. Mar 22, 2014
steve edwards
steve edwards   SLC, UT
Love the old school guide. Actual artwork. So cool. Isn't there a program that can do that for you though? Dec 9, 2013
andy patterson
Carpinteria, CA
andy patterson   Carpinteria, CA  
Thanks, Galen. As I write this, my forearm and left hand ache with Poison Oak sores. Currently, the trail is quite good, and the First Come First Served boulder has great flat landings, despite its steep positioning. Dec 3, 2013
Nice work, Andy! I just saw the new trail developments for the first time the other day, and could see it must have taken a lot of effort. Thanks for bringing access to this sweet boulder field in the SB foothills. Dec 3, 2013

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