Sometimes it’s about the climbing, sometimes it’s about the food. For today’s Cragies and Snackies I would be lying if I said it was about anything other than the location.
“Point Dume is a promontory on the coast of Malibu, California that juts out into the Pacific Ocean. The point, a long bluff, forms the northern end of the Santa Monica Bay. Point Dume Natural Area affords a vista of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Santa Catalina Island.” (Wiki)
There are only thirteen established routes on Point Dume, with the most difficult route being a 5.11c TR called Ocean’s Eleven, and the easiest one a 5.6 route unironically called Arete. It can be a very busy spot to climb on the weekends because of its easy access, and beautiful views. So, if it’s possible to head there during the week, that would be ideal.
If you’ve never been to Malibu, just know that there is a reason the median home price is 7.5 million dollars. The views are breathtaking, the weather is perfect, and the beaches are spectacular. GORGEOUS!
While climbing at Point Dume, it would behoove you to pack a little more than your typical gear. A beach chair, a towel, and a surfboard are strongly recommended. The rock face is just a few short sandy steps from the ocean. Send a route, catch a wave, soak up some sun, and repeat. Watching the sun drop into the ocean as you descend from your final climb is the icing on the cake. Actually, that is only part of the icing, because the Point Dume cake has additional icing. This place turns out to be the perfect spot to watch the California Gray Whales migrate. Imagine descending your final route of the day as the sun drops into the ocean and then seeing the silhouette of a California Gray Whale breach and splash back into its deep blue world beneath the surface. That is like double icing on a double cake.
Speaking of cake, after a long day of climbing, swimming, surfing, whale watching, diving, and relaxing you are going to be hungry. And while there are a LOT of places to get really good snackies in Malibu, the place we settled on is a modern farm to table bistro called Ollo.
Just eight miles down the Pacific Coast Highway you’ll find yourself enchanted by the aromas coming from this quaint bistro. As you are guided to your table, listen to the sound of the ocean and watch the sky turn from pink to black as the night settles in. Get ready for sensory overload, because the beauty, smell, and taste of this food will certainly have your full attention.
Granted, Ollo may be a little bourgeoise for most climbers, but you’ve worked hard and deserve a treat, so let’s just splurge!
Ollo offers beautiful drinks, apps, salads, pizzas, entrées, and desserts. Where the Catch of the Day is always fresh California Gray Whale1, there are lots of vegan and gluten free options sprinkled throughout the menu as well. The burrata pizza and the avocado pizza sound like the overachievers of this menu, but the Copa Three Chocolates with hazelnut praline may be the real star of the show.
Climbing trips don’t always have to center around the climbing, sometimes climbing can serve as the perfect side dish to a main course of stunning vistas, perfect weather, and avocado pizza!
Location: Malibu, California. “The Bu!”
Crag: Point Dume
Restaurant: Ollo Restaurant and Bar
Distance: 8 Miles Away
- The California Gray Whale is never actually the catch of the day, but they do have salmon, halibut, and scallops on the menu if you are looking for some seafood options.