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A secluded nook of riparian beauty, varied climbing, and esoteric character. Has some of the longer lines in town (not lying), and some of the hardest as well. The style of climbing ranges from 5.7 slab-fests, to 5.13 crimp test-pieces, with a growing selection of 5.9 and 5.10 moderates. The crag still needs a lot of work, and I'm currently preparing some quality topos for the area, so consider this MP post a primer.
Park at Rattlesnake Canyon Trailhead, hike up the trail about 25-30 minutes. After the second big stream crossing, walk about fifty feet and look up the hill to your right. The steep overhang with a couple of fixed draws? That's it.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Renaissance Crag (AKA Rattlesnake Canyon Crag):
the Labrador Ate the Cupcakes 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Sport, 70'
Cupcakes & Champagne 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Sport, 95'
Sword In The Stone 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 80'
Bring Out Your Dead 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b Trad, 40'
Pestilence Crack 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 30'
The Black Death 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Sport, 30'
Trebuchet 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c Sport, 35'
Renaissance Man 5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- E7 6c Sport, 40'
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Trebuchet 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c CA : Central Coast : ... : Renaissance Crag (AKA Rattl...
First ascents are tricky to find, nab, and grade. Trebuchet struck me as exceptionally beautiful and powerful, so I committed myself to equipping and leading it. To be sure, there WERE old top-rope anchors on top of the cliff, so I can't prove the line was never climbed on TR, but I feel lucky to be the first person to have bolted and led Trebuchet. Is it 5.13? By my best judgement (which isn't always the best arbiter of truth), I think it might be, if maybe slightly easier. You could also think...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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