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Location: California : Southern Sierra : The Needles / Kern River : Dome Rock : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jul 28, 2017

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Comments: Now 10 and 7 years old, they're cranking harder than ever on the Dome!




Location: California : Southern Sierra : The Needles / Kern River : Dome Rock : Arch Bitch-Up (5.8) : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jul 24, 2017

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Comments: Great beta shot. The chicken head, the aging bolt and then the funky ear-like layback flake...


Location: California : Southern Sierra : The Needles / Kern River : Dome Rock : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jul 23, 2017

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Comments: Very sadly, the sign has been removed.




Location: California : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Derrydale Cliff : Exilis Dihedral (5.9)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jun 25, 2017

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Comments: It had been a couple of years since I last got on this route, when I climbed it on Saturday. I was really surprised how great this route is! The slab section at the bottom is super clean with great edging. The dihedral is easier than the slab but very aesthetic--we just don't get many features like this on the Central Coast.

I have bumped this route up to one of a handful of favorites on the Central Coast.


Location: California : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jun 25, 2017

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Comments: Even on 100 degree days like those of the past week, it is possible to find climbable conditions along the Hwy-33 corridor. Wheeler can be down right pleasant as the narrow canyon usually generates its own air movement. Derrydale Cliff is in the shade until close to noon. Potrero John and Sespe have full shade from about 2pm onward.

On Saturday, when the temp was 101 at the site, we climbed Derrydale all morning and Potrero all afternoon, with some time by the creek in between.The day was surp... more >>


Location: California : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : San Ysidro
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jun 22, 2017

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Comments: There is a yellow jacket nest in the ground, located between the base of Peels of Laughter and the large oak tree 20 feet back from the wall. The opening of the nest is located among some rocks and is hard to find until the swarm is on top of you. Two members of our party were each stung more than 10 times. Extreme caution is advised.


Location: California : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : Panic Town
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jun 12, 2017

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Comments: And I would bring a kiddie harness and a cordelette in order to short rope your little one up the boulder that must be ascended at one point along the trail.



And no one has mentioned the rattlesnakes yet...


Location: California : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : Crag Full of Dynamite : For a Few Crystals More (5.9) : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: May 11, 2017

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Comments: The route shown here is Arch Stanton, which finishes on the anchor of the Ecstasy of Gold.


Location: California : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Wheeler Gorge
By: Matthew Fienup When: Apr 12, 2017

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Comments: tradgirl.com was a reputable site created and administered by a local climber. It was home to excellent local content, including original content from the late Reese Martin. I understand that the original site went inactive at some point. I had not realized that it had been co-opted by less reputable folks.


Location: California : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : The Fortress : Central Gully : Spontaneous Order (5.10a PG13)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Apr 3, 2017

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Comments: Comfortable belay ledges and moderate climbing make the first three pitches of this route a great first multi-pitch route for your second.

The large ledge below the fourth pitch (a.k.a. Seven Steps to Heaven) is an impressive destination all by itself. Bring a picnic lunch and rappel from here with an inexperienced second.


Location: California : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : The Fortress : Central Gully : Blue In Green (5.6)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Apr 3, 2017

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Comments: Pitch length is about 40m, perhaps a little more.


Location: California : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : The Fortress : Right Side Gully
By: Matthew Fienup When: Mar 26, 2017

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Comments: Hi Trevor. We explored the face between Free to Choose and Classically Liberal, and did not find evidence of previous ascents. What we found instead was the poorest quality rock on any of the flatirons in the Fortress.


Location: California : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : San Ysidro : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Mar 7, 2017

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Comments: At times, it has been very challenging to cross the creek, but the actual wall is in fine shape. The additional moisture has been good - the wall had become so dry and dusty.


Location: California : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : El Capitan Base Routes : Simulkrime (5.9 R) : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jan 12, 2017

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Comments: Bryson is 9 years old in this photo.


Location: California : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : El Capitan Base Routes : Simulkrime (5.9 R) : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jan 3, 2017

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Comments: The ultra-wide angle lens makes this route look lower angle than it actually is. It's off-vertical but more steep than it appears here.


Location: California : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : El Capitan Base Routes : Simulkrime (5.9 R)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jan 3, 2017

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Comments: Agreed, spectacular setting! And incredible, sustained slab climbing!

This route can be set up as a long top-rope by scrambling up the far right side of the Alcove and then committing to an exposed traverse to the bolts atop this route--there are two body lengths of easy fifth class moves just before the anchor. The full route, beginning directly below the first bolt is 230 feet long, although it is possible to traverse into the second bolt from the right (skipping some of the fine climbing dow... more >>


Location: California : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Potrero John : Wild Rose (5.8)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Dec 15, 2016

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Comments: Romain and I cleaned and led the crack more than a decade ago. We were calling it Wild Rose, due to the plant growing from the crack.

We never thought to claim a first ascent. We assumed it had been climbed by a previous generation. There's a bolt above where the crack ends.


Location: California : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Potrero John : Wild Rose (5.8)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Dec 14, 2016

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Comments: Did you not find evidence of a previous ascent?


Location: California : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Wheeler Gorge - East Gully ...
By: Matthew Fienup When: Dec 14, 2016

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Comments: I have to admit. Drilling one little hole at the start of Economique now seems relatively harmless...


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By: Matthew Fienup When: Dec 14, 2016

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Comments: Drilling one little hole at the start of Economique suddenly seems pretty harmless.


Location: California : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Potrero John : Unknown Route On The Right (5.10b)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Oct 9, 2016

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Comments: Chad, thanks for posting this route. I am aware of ascents of the first half of this route as a tall boulder problem going back more than 15 years. Climbers would exit left just above the chalkstone. It is also likely that the face above was top-roped.

Please consider that this route could remain a boulder problem and a top-rope. It does not "need" bolts.


Location: California : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Wheeler Gorge : Ojai Urinal (5.11+ V3)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Sep 25, 2016

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Comments: I need to start taking screen shots of classic comments before their authors (or the admins?) think twice and take them down.

"...step in a couple of squeezed piles before climbing a couple of squeezed piles..."

One of my all time favorites.


Location: California : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Wheeler Gorge : Economique (5.10a) : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Sep 23, 2016

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Comments: It looks like Derek is mid-crux.


Location: California : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Wheeler Gorge : Ojai Urinal (5.11+ V3)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Aug 31, 2016

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Comments: William, I am going to take issue with your math. At least nine different locals have weighed in here and in the comments for neighboring routes to protest the recent antics.


Location: California : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Wheeler Gorge : Lost Trout (5.8)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Aug 26, 2016

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Comments: Moving the bolt to poorer quality rock or to a location that infringes on the neighboring route should not be considered.


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