I have been looking at a particular sandstone dome for over a month now, through binoculars. At the base of the dome sits a cave and for that month I have been wandering the climbing potential within the cave. I had also wondered why I had never heard much about the cave in any circumstance; let alone in regards to climbing.
On the internet climbing sites there a couple of gear protected climbs listed, but nothing about the cave.
Well I finally managed to get a couple people together to check this beast out.
With a limited amount of time and loose rock, we managed to do one climb- with the vision of Brian B. I managed to snag the FA of a classic warm-up-ish problem dubbed “Sea Urchin” V2/3? which seemed to be the only obvious line without a terrible landing..probably been done before, too. who knows.
The potential is fairly grand in the cave- i could see several bolted sport routes waiting- if one so desired to put in the time and effort..
The thing is: the hike to the cave is about a class 3 scramble for an hour and a half on steep terrain and loose rock. And then you have to go back. Definitely bring your stash of psych and be ready for a full day. Oh yeah, and water is good too.
I couldn’t really believe this cave was in Santa Barbara yet, on the other hand, I guess I knew this place was full of hidden surprises.