Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Downtown LA Parking Garage Crack 5-2-2012

Downtown LA Creek Parking Garage Crack Attempt
May 2nd 2012

Background:  Hamik scoped out some good looking parking lot finger cracks in downtown LA.  They looked really nice and were a variety of sizes.  We decided to set a date to climb them.

Approach:  Parking was a little bit of an issue which extended the approach to a 5 minute walk - not bad though.  Walking through the streets of LA with helicpoters over head and hundreds of cops for May Day was an interesting experience.  I felt like we could get busted at any moment.

The Climb:  Hamik geared up first.  He bounce tested a red C4 to see if it would hold, i did, but with a reverberating hollowing sound.  I gave him a belay and he climbed the first route.  

Security: He immediately came down and said "Let's get out of here. They look upset."  We frantically packed up all of our stuff as a security guard came out and told us that we had to leave the premisses.  He let us grab our webbing that we setup as an anchor and escorted us out.  I guess it could have been worse.  He was cool about it and said their liability insurance didn't cover climbing on the building.  I think that they need a more comprehensive policy!

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