As of Oct 4, Summit Rock at Sanborn County Park is open to climbing seasonally on weekends under a free permit system limiting access to 35 people a day, subject to the results of an ongoing peregrine/climber monitoring program. Climbers interested in climbing there can call the Parks Department reservation line at 408-355-2201, give their contact information, and receive the free permit immediately by email.Please remember to close all gates and observe all posted signs.
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By Paul Rezucha From: Alameda Jul 25, 2005 rating: 5.8+5b16VI-15HVS 4c
I figured this route would be a straight-forward sport route but I had more trouble on it than I care to admit. Granted my hands were only 75% functional from a previous accident but I constantly felt I was on an overhanging wall throughout much of the climb and felt awkward. Clipping one or two of the bolts was very difficult for me. I would say that this is a difficult lead for a 5.8 or 5.9 climber. But then again, others may feel more comfortable with this type of climbing. It was the first climb in the area so maybe the second time around I would be less stressed. All in all, a good climb. A humbling one, but a good one!
I lead this route this Sunday (10/7/07). The right anchor bolt is loose – not just spinning but wobbling, maybe a quarter inch back and forth: not good. I’m not qualified to re-bolt it; otherwise I’d replace it myself. As for a first sport lead – choose something safer. The climbing is reasonably easy (remember to use the slab to the right, instead of just hanging from the swiss cheese) and the clipping stances are decent. However, there are too many ledges etc. to hit if you do fall. This was my first outdoor lead and, looking back, I don’t think it was a very good idea.