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Quick cragging with short approach on the central coast?
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Mar 6, 2013
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I'm driving from Ventura to Napa and am planning on taking HWY 101. I was hoping to do some quick cragging. I'm looking for somewhere with a fast approach and that has some fun climbing up to 5.10, preferably somewhere with some easier stuff like a 5.6 for my newbie friend. We were thinking about checking out pinnacles national park. Any other suggestions? Paul Zander
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Oct 15, 2012
670 points
Mar 6, 2013
If you want to venture off 101 a little bit, in Morro Bay there is Cerro Cabrillo which would be perfect for your friend - Rocklands is a popular place to take out newer climbers and is easy to set-up topropes and has a couple 5.6s that are bolted.

Bishop Peak in SLO is pretty accessible, though a little bit of a hike into anything. Depending on where you're going in Napa, Mount St. Helena could be a good bet - though there's a little hiking involved. But the Bubble or Table Scraps are good little crags worth checking out! Anyway, have fun - explore! Especially at Pinnacles - fun place to have an adventure!
From Santa Cruz, CA
Joined Jan 30, 2011
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Mar 7, 2013
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bishop peak is an awsome place with super fast approachs (10 min to farthest away). good guide book here:

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Mickey Sensenbach
From San luis obispo CA
Joined Dec 27, 2012
150 points
Mar 7, 2013
Santa Barbara has got a couple of quick cragging areas. Gibraltar would be where I would go. There are a couple .10's couple fun routes under .9 including a pretty awesome, though way too short, lie back (lie back Annie 5.7). All is easy to throw a tr on too.
Message me if you want someone to help out finding the places.
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Mar 7, 2013
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The climbing on Bishop Peak can have a lot of poison oak. randy88fj62
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