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Sam I Am 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 30'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Dave Kennedy, Joan Bertini
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Submitted By: Marc Kajut on Feb 4, 2006

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This meandering moderate route climbs past four bolts and at least one gear placement. A bolt protects the delicate crux move.


Four (4) bolt protection. Standard rack. Two bolt anchor.

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Sam I Am (5.8)
Sam I Am (5.8)
Enjoying the view on my first top rope outside eve...
Enjoying the view on my first top rope outside eve...
Lindsey Cullins leading Sam I am
Lindsey Cullins leading Sam I am

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By Aws
2 days ago

One of the two bolts on the anchor seems to have slipped and could be unreliable! We marked the faulty bolt with several "X"s with a paint-pen. I don't have any experience setting anchor bolts, but I'd err on the side of the caution and assume the bolt needs to be reworked. I'm not familiar with the online climbing community; Is there anywhere else this information would be useful?
By david baker
From: jamul, ca
Feb 7, 2006

Excellent climb place # 1 in flake after 2nd bolt. This climb is one of the best climbs at the grade in Mission Gorge. To find this climb head up Middle Earth trail past Shadow fax. Continue straight up hill 100 feet. At second canyon start left for 50 feet uphill. Climb is obvious four bolt climb on right wall. Shinny new bolts and rap anchor at top of climb.
By Brad W
From: San Diego
Jul 1, 2009

I think this route is also called "Nameless Left of Dimrill Stair" in the PDF guide by Art Messier.
By Joan Bertini
Jul 14, 2012

The FA was done by Joan Bertini.It was named Sam I Am. 4 bolts + gear.
By dholte
Mar 31, 2013

oh! definitely bring gear, a bit run out after the second bolt, easy climbing to the third bolt but don't fall!
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