Santa Barbara bouldering poster boy, and fellow Owl Tor aficionado, Brian Spiering peeped these photos of our area’s iconic bouldering locale, West Camino Cielo, up in flames last night. At about 6:00 yesterday evening things got bright up in the hills behind our domiciles, prompting Brian’s and my neighborhood to be on alert for evacuation. We were spared those orders by about 4 blocks but tonight could be spicier. I hate to see forest burn, though I’m aware this is healthy and necessary to our preserved lands. Brian is way more pumped. With the foliage out of the way he’s expecting this to open up some new crags. We shall see.
photos courtesy Brian Spiering, Amerian Riviera Bouldering