Type: Trad, 30 ft
FA: Dave Kennedy, Joan Bertini
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Shared By: Marc Kajut on Feb 3, 2006 with updates from tom donnelly
Admins: Marc Kajut, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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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.


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


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


david baker
jamul, ca
david baker   jamul, ca
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. Feb 7, 2006
Brad W
San Diego
Brad W   San Diego
I think this route is also called "Nameless Left of Dimrill Stair" in the PDF guide by Art Messier. Jul 1, 2009
Kyle Wills
Chicago, IL
Kyle Wills   Chicago, IL
Another fair, middle of the road climb in Mission Gorge Jan 9, 2010
San Diego, CA
mschlocker   San Diego, CA
Actually called Sam I Am. FA Kennedy / Bertini. Jan 15, 2010
San Diego
ChrisRoyHarman   San Diego
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. Sep 1, 2011
Josh Cameron
Josh Cameron   California
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. Mar 28, 2012
The FA was done by Joan Bertini.It was named Sam I Am. 4 bolts + gear. Jul 14, 2012
Mountain View, CA
dholte   Mountain View, CA
oh! definitely bring gear, a bit run out after the second bolt, easy climbing to the third bolt but don't fall! Mar 31, 2013
Adal Bermann
San Diego, CA
Adal Bermann   San Diego, CA
I disagree with the Trad rating of this climb. Sure it takes a .75 just fine, but the climbing in that area is so easy, there's really no need. It's bolted well near all the cruxes and the run-out isn't bad (and easier climbing).
It's a sport route. Nov 14, 2015
Chase Leoncini
San Diego, California
Chase Leoncini   San Diego, California
I disagree with Adal. Bring a #1 to place deep within the flake. Keep in mind the flake is hollow however. The climbing is easier yes, but accidents do happen. Also, the second bolt can be a bit dangerous midclip as its not far off the ground. Ive personally seen a new leader deck after struggling with the clip. The belayer did what he could, dropping and pulling slack, but it only softened the fall. He's fine but beware Aug 24, 2016
Robert Karl
Pasadena, CA
Robert Karl   Pasadena, CA
Led this today onsight as a sport route. Doesn't seem like a trad route to me. Well protected (I'm a novice leader, so my $.02) Sep 10, 2016