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Sam I Am 

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

   
Type:  Trad, 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  with updates from tom donnelly

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Description 

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

Location 

This route is located just right of Smeagol's Surprise and 10 feet left of Dimrill Stair.

Protection 

Four (4) bolt protection + gear. Standard rack. Two bolt rap anchor.


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Sam I Am (5.8)
Sam I Am (5.8)
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Lindsey Cullins leading Sam I am
Lindsey Cullins leading Sam I am

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By Aws
Jun 30, 2015

CONDITION REPORT 
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 Kyle Wills
From: San Diego CA
Jul 28, 2015

CONDITION REPORT 
In response to Aws condition report I understand his motivation and I am glad he not only made the marks but posted in on MP.com HOWEVER, I nonetheless feel anyone who admits they have zero experience setting anchor bolts probably shouldn't go and throw a bunch of red x's on a bolt that you 'think' may have slipped.

I see what he is referring to but from my perspective topping out on the climb and seeing two brand new looking anchors with one randomly covered in painted "x's" left me mostly confused.

I backed up the placement in case I was missing something, and yes I see why he may have thought it slipped, but to me it just looks like when initially being placed the hangar may not have been totally flush with the rock when set in place.

Not an expert myself, someone who has set anchors more then I should probably take a look at it. For now the left anchor looks bomb proof, both are on good rock, and if you feel compelled there a solid cam placement option just to left to add your comfort level.
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 Kyle Wills
From: San Diego CA
Jan 9, 2010

Another fair, middle of the road climb in Mission Gorge
By mschlocker
From: San Diego, CA
Jan 15, 2010
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Actually called Sam I Am. FA Kennedy / Bertini.
By ChrisRoyHarman
From: San Diego
Sep 1, 2011
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R

4th bolt is a long reach for most people, so ensure positive footing before clipping in. A fall could land you on the sharp ledge.
By Josh Cameron
From: Moab, Colorado
Mar 28, 2012
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I agree about the fourth bolt: seems too far right from the natural line and I found myself clipping it from a tenuous stance. Yikes! On TR I climbed the direct line slightly right of the fourth bolt and that felt more like 5.9 to me. An ok route. Not bad, but not great.
By Joan Bertini
Jul 14, 2012

The FA was done by Joan Bertini.It was named Sam I Am. 4 bolts + gear.
By dholte
From: San Carlos, CA
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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