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By Perin Blanchard
From: Orem, UT
Feb 17, 2006
|This isn't really off Highway 33 (although it isn't that far from 33), but it seemed kind of a waste to add another higher-level area for Ojai since this is the only crag likely to be added from directly around Ojai.|
By Matthew Fienup
From: Ventura, CA
Feb 18, 2006
To access the West (smaller) formation, bushwack back away from the top of the East formation. Turn right and continue bushwacking down and to the right until you reach the top of the West formation. Give yourself ten minutes the first time you try. With practice, this approach takes just seconds.
Be advised that the gully which separates formations is a scary approach. Dirty, exposed class 4 moves lead to the top of the West formation. Better to hike around from the east.
Central coast climbers should be advised that the rock at the Foot is softer than that at many other area crags. Treat all fixed gear with suspicion.
In early 2006, I pulled a 3/8" x 3-1/2" wedge bolt straight out of a hole using only moderate pressure. It is very clear that some of the rock at this site is simply not hard enough to resist the mechanical expansion created beneath the surface by climbing bolts.
By Mark Fletcher
Jan 12, 2014
The approach description needs a few more details to make sense: As you hike up from the Pratt Trailhead, the first paved road you will come to is a driveway, so do not try to follow it to the right or left. Rather, continue across this paved road to the second paved road, which will be Foothill Road. Then go up Foothill to the end. Go through the gate and hike about 300-400 feet (around a bend) to a foot trail on the right. Take this foot trail, which has wood water bars. Then after about 300' take a small trail on the right up to the base of the crag. If you are on the first trail (not the dirt road), but come to a sign, then you have gone too far.
I would say that this area is so-so. It is ok if you want to top rope, but there are better areas out there.