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Cerro Romauldo Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 1,306'
Location: 35.3141, -120.7269 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: andy patterson, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Kristin McNamara on Jan 12, 2004


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  • * News as of Jan 2006 - This area is now CLOSED to climbing! **

  • *This area is very sensitive! Please climb carefully - the lichens on the rock are hundreds of years old and are being studied by biologists at CampSLO. We are treading dangerous relations with this area because of the destruction on the part of the climbers. **

This is the chunk of rock that presides of Camp San Luis Obispo as you head north on Highway 1 between SLO and Morro Bay. Many people might think that since the military has it, it's off limits. Not so!! Just call ahead [(805) 594-6510] to make sure they won't be target practicing and drive on in . . . the military folk are a bit confused by we climbers arriving, so don't be surprised if they act a bit confused about what to do with you.

But the rock! It's spectacular! Same kind of thing as Bishop Peak, but you're probably the only one out there, the approach is a bit longer and intuitive and what awaits you is the awesome wave rock formation. If you can climb hard, you are in paradise.

Be exceedingly nice to the folk you find on the base. They are keeping the access open as a service. No one says they have to make the rock available to the public.

Cerro Romauldo, 1306', is one of the Nine Sisters or the Morros (which include Morro Rock, Cabrillo Peak, Black Hill, Hollister Peak, Cerro Romauldo, Chumash Peak, Bishop Peak - 1559', San Luis Peak, and Ishlay Hill) that are a chain of volcanic mountains of San Luis Obispo County of Central California. The rock type is primarily dactite.

Getting There 

Drive north from Highway 101 on Highway 1 (the road from 101 is Santa Rosa, becomes Highway 1 as you drive out of town). As you come down the hill and around the bend, the large "Camp San Luis Obispo" signs are your clue to turn left onto the base. Tell the friendly men in uniform your intent and receive their directions. Don't mess around while you're there: it may be a reserve base, but those guys carry guns, doncha know.

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For the San Luis Obispo area.

Weather station 3.3 miles from here

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By Jon Hanlon
From: SLO
Mar 23, 2005
Here are my thought about lichens, etc.

-It "only" took 20 years for it to grow back on Inner Sanctum (seems like a long time to me). -Just because something is not endangered does not make it ok to destroy it. -Just because you have seen it, does not mean it is not endangered (I saw some Vernal Pool Fairy Shrimp in Paso Robles the other day). -Land managers care about destruction of resources, even if it isn't endangered.

Seems to me the best approach is just to tread lightly and it won't become an issue...It is so easy to let stuff be, and you never have to worry about jeopardizing access or wonder if you are doing the right thing.

I'm not a biologist but I did find that there are several species of lichens in our area, quite a few actually in the Los Osos / Morro Bay area. And everything is connected...lichens create habitat for other plants and animals. Do a search on "Tardigrades."

And you know those bitchen succulents we all have seen growing? Those are of them could be the endangered San Luis Dudleya.
By Bob Hill
Mar 23, 2005
Jon is right about the dudleyas. My review reveals that there are actually three separate species of endagered dudleyas:

San Luis Obispo Dudleya (Dudleya abramsii ssp. murina)

San Luis Obispo Serpentine Dudleya (Dudleya abramsii ssp. bettinae)

Blochman's Dudleya (Dudleya blochmaniae ssp. blochmaniae)

Yes, all of these species are found commonly on the cliffs, although I am not sure that the serpentine dudleya would be found in the climbing areas since it is not serpentine rock.

There are many other rare plants and animals at Camp SLO and other areas that climbers frequent around here. But whether or not they are rare has nothing to do with whether treading lightly is the way to go - it is simply a good land ethic to live by...

By Kristin McNamara
From: SLO, CA
Mar 29, 2005
The origins come from a guy named Kevin Knight emailing me about my comments on this site that said something along the lines of the route being mungy and needing more climbers to clean the lichen off. I was chastised for this and told they were dangerous. There ARE folks that survey and watch the growth of plants - just because you're not interested, don't think for a moment that these other people are not. Good stewardship says "tread lightly and carry a stick clip." Sorry, I couldn't resist.
By Adam Jones
Mar 29, 2005
Oh, for what it's worth, John's running the site now so I don't look too often (and when you asked me about it, I was off in Indian Creek - neener neener) - it got done what needed being done - bringing people together for stewardship and route beta updating. Heck, it got people motivated to write a new guide.
By M. Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Jul 16, 2005
A confirmation of John Knight's comment 9.7.2004: we too had our vehicle thoroughly searched the other afternoon on one of the 'random' inspections. It took about 10 minutes and was no big deal. Just make sure to have all your paperwork (everyone's driver's licenses, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance) in order and be cooperative and compliant with the officers on duty and you should be okay.
By M. Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Jan 24, 2009
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