Trad, 95 ft,
Avg: 2 from 31
FA: Rickert (1954)
> Central Coast
> Santa Barbara
> Gibraltar Area
> Gibraltar Rock
Not exactly the most flattering name; nonetheless, a good route. The Ladder follows the obvious system of cracks on the right-hand side of the main Gibralter formation.
Step up onto the face, 5 feet right of an obvious crack. Climb up a few moves before traversing left to join the crack. Follow the crack until reaching an alcove and a large overhang. Traverse right or left around the roof using a decent ledge for your feet (5.4) OR pull directly up the right side of the overhang using insecure jams in the off-width crack (5.6/5.7). Either way, follow the crack to the top.
Medium to large gear (1/2" to 4").
Gear anchor--although some climbers use the bolts atop Mid-Face and clip a piece of gear in the crack as a directional.