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Bolted Bridges in Los Angeles


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Nate Nate · · Los Angeles, CA · Joined Sep 2014 · Points: 10

Does anyone know anything about climbing bridges in LA or remember these days?

Apparently the Aroyo Seco bridge in Pasadena used to be bolted. I couldn’t find much information online, though I would love to see photos or hear some stories if anyone has any...?

http://articles.latimes.com/1991-10-24/news/vw-364_1_artificial-wall

IcePick · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2017 · Points: 100

I remember those days as I was actively climbing then in the LA area but never on bridges,  I’m sure some old timers like me will chime in with tales,  Pretty sure the LAPD/Highway patrol would throw your ass in jail and take the gear, A quick google search pulled up  this photo.  It’s up north in the SF area. Doran bridge

Big B · · Sin City, NV · Joined Mar 2015 · Points: 1

there was a couple that had bolts(don’t know if they still have them)..... Check Tampa/118

David N · · Los angeles · Joined May 2017 · Points: 0

There were climbs under Adams street bridge over the Santa Ana river in hb. Not sure if they are still there. I also remeber going to a spot in south OC, maybe dana point that had a good amount of climbs down in the river under the 5 freeway. 


Edit* both spots had holds glues on as well as bolts 

PRRose · · Boulder · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 0

In Orange County, there were routes on the pillars under the 22 near Hart Park and a roof traverse in a culvert in Tustin (off Jamboree, as I recall). There was also a spot in Irvine near UCI in a riverbed/drainage channel but I don't remember exactly where. 

Joe Garibay · · Ventura, Ca · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 96

Was a crappy place with rocks epoxied on concrete here in Ventura but it was hit hard with the fires. Epoxy is brittle and holds are failing. 

Kevin Mokracek · · Burbank · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 215

I used to climb the Pasadena bridge all the time.  We would climb there in the afternoons on weekdays and up at Williamson on the weekends.   That bridge was a great place to hang when it was warm, always in the shade.   I really miss it.   

Guy Keesee · · Moorpark, CA · Joined Mar 2008 · Points: 310

The glue ups pre-dated gyms.... at least in So-Cal... 

The quality of the climbing varied, depending on the FAist and location.... 

Under the 210, close to the Rose Bowl was the El Cap. Oh the happy daze, early morning entertainment for the hobos. 

I am always amazed reading the stories in the paper about how much it cost the STATE to remove the vandalism. 

A few broke climbers spent $500 on gear and glue... CALTRANS spent 1.5 MILLION removing it.


Jeffrey Constine · · Los Angeles, CA · Joined May 2009 · Points: 462

210 wall 1992 has been closed for years. Peter Hayes photo, David Tidwell climbing me belaying Mike Kaulmeyer also shooting photos.
Jeffrey Constine · · Los Angeles, CA · Joined May 2009 · Points: 462
Jeffrey Constine · · Los Angeles, CA · Joined May 2009 · Points: 462

210 wall 1993 Photo by David Tidwell
Jeffrey Constine · · Los Angeles, CA · Joined May 2009 · Points: 462

1993 Peter Hayes above me shootin away.
Tim Neumann · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2017 · Points: 40

Those pictures are friggin‘ awesome, thanks for posting 

Jeffrey Constine · · Los Angeles, CA · Joined May 2009 · Points: 462
Leo Hski · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 345

Frank Saab and I glued up a long traverse in Eaton Canyon- 1986.   I left soon afterwards for the east coast- when I returned for a visit  few years later I was amazed to see the entire wall was covered in holds.  The photo shows the very first holds getting glued on.   Frank had scored a sample quart of road reflector epoxy, and we just picked up rocks from the ground.


Russ Walling · · www.FishProducts.com · Joined Oct 2004 · Points: 3,231

The 210 Frwy climbs were the best sport climbing in California.... Eaton Canyon was close by to me and fun for a traverse.  Used them both all the time BITD.

For quick route production some of the 210 routes were put up with regular rocks and bondo!  Bondo dries way fast and the routes would be good to go by the next day.  Longevity was a problem with some of the holds.  

Under that Frwy we were once treated to some strange tripper with a backpack full of gay porn and a pistol... he pulled pretty good if you know what I mean.  Still active today so I hear.

It was odd seeing the Pasadena Police helicopter take off and land pretty much right there on their helipad... never saw the real cops though and the vibe was pretty casual as far as it being a bust.  You would get way more busted for climbing on Suicide Bridge than down in the Arroyo.

Good times for sure

Russ Walling · · www.FishProducts.com · Joined Oct 2004 · Points: 3,231

Hey Leo... are you Leo Hermanuski or something like that?  And is "Hank" actually Hassan??? He was working in Pasadena just down the road from that traverse.  I saw your name scrawled into the walls of that traverse.  I was there with Bill "Chez" McChesney and maybe Dave Groth.  They recounted tales of you and the DLFA from back in the day.  Small world if true...

Steve Sangdahl · · eldo sprngs,co · Joined Mar 2002 · Points: 735

Wasn’t the guys name Hassan Saab? We use to call him Hank not Frank. Dlfa rules. Now puke.

Edit: Chez should chime in.

Leo Hski · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 345
Russ Walling wrote:

Hey Leo... are you Leo Hermanuski or something like that?  And is "Hank" actually Hassan??? He was working in Pasadena just down the road from that traverse.  I saw your name scrawled into the walls of that traverse.  I was there with Bill "Chez" McChesney and maybe Dave Groth.  They recounted tales of you and the DLFA from back in the day.  Small world if true...

Russ it's an honor- yes that's me.  Hassan --> Hank ---> Frank over the years.   Frank is the latest version.  I was living at his house  in Altadena after returning from a DLFA trip to Arapiles with Frank, Dave, and Prunes.  Plenty of tales from that trip.   Yes Hank was working nearby and discovered the bridge while running in Eaton Canyon.   Hank/ Frank got into windsurfing in a big way and moved  to Hawaii.   Chez's reputation and renown is widespread- I was at a ski lodge in BC a few years back and the conversation got round to "you must know Chez...."  

Russ Walling · · www.FishProducts.com · Joined Oct 2004 · Points: 3,231

hahaha!  Yeah... that trip must have been something... Me and Dave had to break into that house to get his stuff outta there before Hassan got back into the States from perhaps that trip... I guess things did not go that well and Dave came home early or something??  Anyway, we get the stuff and then we went to a bar and did what we do... Too funny.  Lots of funny stories out of the Chez and Dave.  Them is good folks.  Salut!!!

Kevin Mokracek · · Burbank · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 215

Who remembers Karl, Karl with a “K”.  He was a paranoid schizophrenic who would hang out at the pillars occasionally as well as JT, Yosemite and Idyllwild.  He would come into Sport Chalet and but hundreds of dollars of climbing equipment and talk about the CIA hiding in the tents that hung from the ceiling.  Someone has to recall this guy.   The last time I saw him was in the early 2000’s in Malibu at the Starbucks.  

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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