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May 12, 2013 - 10:28pm PT
Credit: T H
Credit: T H
Credit: T H

Trad climber
May 12, 2013 - 10:36pm PT
i remember this once
desperately making the last few moves up this incipant dihedral in a basement
to reach a good ceiling hand crack
which was nearly 2o feet off the deck

stemmed off an electrical conduit and buried a jam in the crack in the ceiling i was shooting for

only to discover that one side of that crack was some foamy insulation type of material

stripped the hot sh#t luster off my high point faster than i could pick out where to jump down
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
May 12, 2013 - 10:39pm PT

From Marc Jensen's 1988 Bay Area guide, Berkeley photo

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
May 12, 2013 - 10:40pm PT
Two words; Jamboree Wall

all the holds on the ceiling.

twas awesome

May 12, 2013 - 10:47pm PT
Credit: BurntToast

May 12, 2013 - 11:12pm PT
The GGB is a good highball problem, I hear.

Trad climber
May 13, 2013 - 06:34am PT
BITD, I used to do a ton of building in the San Diego area. The known and developed climbing areas weren't quite as extensive as they are now, and my friends and I would look for anything to climb. This included splitter off-hand 10d / 11a cracks in the San Diego State University parking garage, the Bank of America building in Poway, some funky cement pours here and there around SD, etc.

The weird thing is, I'm still constantly scoping out buildering possibilities, even here in Seattle. There are some splitter 5.6ish cracks supporting the Alaska Way Viaduct, for instance.

My son has, through the years, said to me with regularity, "Dad, please get down!" as he looks around to see who's watching. I think that maybe climbers take longer to grow up than other people. Just a theory.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
May 13, 2013 - 07:12am PT
Don't miss this previous thread: it focuses on Alex Hartley's book, L.A. Climbs both a serious guide and repurposing of buildings in Los Angeles and a bit of an acerbic satire. Great book.


Social climber
May 13, 2013 - 07:21am PT
I used to spend a fair bit of time on the Volunteer Park water tower in Seattle. The full traverse is pretty pumper.

I would advise not going shirtless like this lad unless you want to attract a certain kind of attention:

(MP picture)

Trad climber
the tip of god's middle finger
May 13, 2013 - 07:30am PT
my 5.9 challenge:

surmount all of the 2nd story balconies on main street, placerville.


Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 13, 2013 - 08:24am PT
I was traversing a big stone building in St Petersburg, Russia once, and drew the attention of machinegun toting police.

BITD, as in CCCP, all I had to do was walk up to the front door of the
Communist Party Headquarters and start to take a picture of its beautiful
doors and the copper standing at the identical set of doors 50 meters away
came hauling azz down the sidewalk screaming,


Dude, they're just some doors! I'm glad I didn't try climbing on it.
Then I saw the unmarked car with the KGB goons in it. It was 0530.
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