Mountain Project Logo
To save paper & ink, use the [Hide] controls next to photos and comments so you only print what you need.

Applied Magnetics

5.8 PG13, Trad, TR, 80 ft,  Avg: 2.7 from 50 votes
FA: Yvon Chouinard and Sir Christian Bonnington
California > Central Coast > Santa Barbara > San Ysidro

Description

Applied Magnetic is one of the few moderate trad routes in the area.
In true Santa Barbara tradition, the crack is more of a seam, and there are only a few good jams before the route gives way to face climbing.

The route is the pocketed crack left of the 3rd class gully and right of Vanishing Flakes.

Protection

A vaguely continuous crack for the first twenty feet transitions to slab after going around right of the bulge. Up and left there is a bolt around 2/3 of the way up the climb.

Photos [Hide ALL Photos]

Applied Magnetics: Old & New<br>
<br>
According to conversations with Tom Adam and others, the original line taken by Chouinard & party up "Applied Magnetics" followed a shallow, intermittent seam all the way to the top of the cliff (shown as the red line on the right in this photo).  The route that is now universally climbed steps left from Applied Magnetics and incorporates the protection bolt and face climbing on the top of "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" (shown as the red dots in the middle).  Brush Up is actually a variation of Rockoco.  Brush Up's line steps boldly right from the alcove below the overhang on Rockoco.  After traversing for 30 feet, the line turns upward and climbs delicate face moves past a bolt (shown as the yellow dots on the left).
[Hide Photo] Applied Magnetics: Old & New According to conversations with Tom Adam and others, the original line taken by Chouinard & party up "Applied Magnetics" followed a shallow, intermittent seam all th…
Start on these awesome finger jams.
[Hide Photo] Start on these awesome finger jams.
Alex just passed the start on Applied Magnetics
[Hide Photo] Alex just passed the start on Applied Magnetics
Five-year-old Wesley Fienup is loving life midway up Applied Magnetics, at San Ysidro.<br>
[Hide Photo] Five-year-old Wesley Fienup is loving life midway up Applied Magnetics, at San Ysidro.
Scott encounters delicate slab climbing near the top of Applied Magnetics, at San Ysidro
[Hide Photo] Scott encounters delicate slab climbing near the top of Applied Magnetics, at San Ysidro

Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

M. Morley
Sacramento, CA
 
[Hide Comment] I would disagree with the assessment that the pro is fine on this route and would certainly not recommend it to a novice leader. While a moderate grade, Applied Magnetics is a lead to be taken seriously. A fall before clipping the solitary bolt would likely result in broken bones or worse. Feb 11, 2006
Matthew Fienup
Ventura, CA
  5.8+ PG13
[Hide Comment] Agreed, this is NOT a beginner's lead--especially since the bolt that once protected the crux bulge was painfully removed in 2004. This route is once again a serious matter for the leader.

In 2005, the two-bolt anchor atop Applied Magentics was replaced with the following gear: two 14mm Petzl Bat'inox glue-ins and one 12mm Fixe Triplex expansion bolt.

The single lead bolt that protects the route was placed more than 20 years ago by Tom Adam and is not actually part of the original route taken by Chouinard and party. This bolt was part of an independent route known as "Brush Up Your Shakespear;" although, it is now universally held to be a part of Applied Magnetics. The bolt is overdue for replacement. Feb 18, 2006
JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
 
[Hide Comment] A very comitting lead for the grade. I would agree you may want to feel very solid at 5.10 or so before doing this one. A few decent pieces at about 15 feet. At 30 feet you get a couple really good wires which I equalized. The rest of the shit I put in wouldn't of held shit. The bolt is welcome up high as there are a few moves below the lip that you really hope everything sticks, thus the name. An all around miniadventure. Don't fall. Jan 3, 2007
Jon Hanlon
SLO
 
[Hide Comment] Applied Magnetics was a computer component manufacturing firm and was located in Goleta for many years. I worked there as an intern every summer during college. It is a fitting name for many of the moves on this scary route! Jan 4, 2007
[Hide Comment] Scary for the grade as the gear isn't super and it's not rock solid/couldn't fall if you tried type 5.8 climbing.

Some small cams and wires give you the pro you can get. I think some people use a #2 BD down low. Jul 5, 2009
Joseph Stover
Batesville, AR
  5.8+ R
[Hide Comment] There are 2 cracks/seams to the right of Rockocco. I think what is considered Applied Magnetics starts up the first, less defined one, and then moves into unprotected face climbing early on (after about 20 ft) and then continues up towards the only bolt up high (although the photo and writeup here seem to imply the original FA line followed this crack/seam all the way to the top).

I climbed the next seam over (before the flake on Face Lift), continued up this aways then moving left into the Applied Magnetics seam, and followed that until about 10 ft below the bolt then moved left again and up to the bolt. This route, which seemed slightly harder than the unprotected face/slab, had ample protection, although it was somewhat tricky and questionable in spots. You can basically place something every 5 ft, most of which seem pretty solid.

The anchors up top seem solid and don't wiggle at all.

Even if you were to do the unprotected face/slab, I don't see why you couldn't just traverse right every now and then to get some pro, that way making it a much safer climb (unless conquering the runout is your goal).

Edit: okay, I did the more direct version today up the first seam. It is difficult down low and difficult to protect (a crash pad would have been nice). There wasn't much good pro in the crack or on the face. I placed 2 questionable nuts, a questionable cam, and then got a bomber .75 C4 in a pocket below a huge dish. After that it was runout to the bolt. For the most part, a don't fall climb, but good moves. I definitely second the recommendation to be a comfortable 5.10 climber before leading this. Mar 5, 2011
DesertRat
Flagstaff, AZ
  5.7+ PG13
[Hide Comment] Great Route! I really enjoyed this climb. Considering this is sandstone, it sure climbed like granite. Crack down low was super good, and plenty of room to sew it up. Crack starts to peter out a bit higher, but still good pro. Last 20 ft section to the bolt is low angle slab (5.4ish). It is a bit run out, but super easy climbing. Three bolt anchor is in good condition as of mid-October '13. Oct 21, 2013
Luke Whitesides
Santa Barbara, CA
[Hide Comment] Not a challenging route but a good test piece for your lead head. Jun 30, 2019