Bombardier Wall Rock Climbing
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The Bombardier Wall is a sunny, 85 degree, pink-and-orange face located on the west side of Upper Rattlesnake Canyon. The wall is slightly uphill and across the canyon (northwest) from Phantom Rock, and is plainly visible from the large turnout there. This area sat untouched for decades due to the dense brush and trees that obscured it from view. The Jesusita Fire of 2008 cleared many of the once-majestic Oaks and smaller chaparral species away from the base, revealing a steep and colorful face.
This small cliff is named after the vintage 1970's Canadian-American motorcycle located at the base of the rock, which likely tumbled hundreds of feet from the switchbacks of Gibraltar Rd above.
From the large corner turnout parking for Phantom Rock on Gibraltar Rd, continue up the road for another 1/8 mile or so to the next major turnout on the left-hand side. If you reach the private residences on Gibraltar Rd., you've gone too far. Walk ~20 feet back down the road and begin descending the very steep hillside towards the creek. It starts out easy enough on big boulders, then transitions into loose 3rd class dirt. Once in the creek bed, easy boulder-hopping downstream leads past a tall overhanging rock face on your right (potential for some hard routes here). At this point, the Bombardier Wall is just 50 yards ahead and up the hill on your right. It faces south, so you won't be able to see the cliff until you hike just past it. With the wall in view, scramble up the loose, dirty, boulder and talus-filled slope to the base. Some poison oak (avoidable) and lots of loose rock and dirt (unavoidable) await the unsuspecting adventurer on this epic 5-10 minute approach.
Climbing Season For the Gibraltar Area area.
Weather station 2.6 miles from here
3 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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The Bombardier Wall as seen from Gibraltar Road
By Richard Shore
Jan 24, 2012
There is no mention of this wall in any of the guidebooks, and I found no evidence of previous climbing attempts here. Accessing the top of the cliff was moderate 5th class solo, and the natural top anchors were destroyed during the fire. I can only assume that these new lines are genuine FAs. If I retrobolted something that was climbed on top-rope many years ago I apologize, and welcome any corrections to route names/grades/FA.
By steve edwards
From: SLC, UT
Feb 2, 2012
Perlin once pointed this cliff out to me and told me he and his brother climbed there. But when I asked how (after failing to get there) he couldn't remember. I'd say you've done some FAs. Nice work!
By andy patterson
From: Carpinteria, CA
Feb 19, 2012
Brave the meagerly uncomfortable approach for this fine little crag. Standard canyon shenanigans and a little gumption (c'mon folks, it's only a ten minute scramble) will get you to some fabulous routes.
Thanks for the tour, Richard!