Downtown LA Creek Parking Garage Crack Attempt
May 2nd 2012
Background: Hamik scoped out some good looking parking lot finger cracks in downtown LA. They looked really nice and were a variety of sizes. We decided to set a date to climb them.
Approach: Parking was a little bit of an issue which extended the approach to a 5 minute walk - not bad though. Walking through the streets of LA with helicpoters over head and hundreds of cops for May Day was an interesting experience. I felt like we could get busted at any moment.
The Climb: Hamik geared up first. He bounce tested a red C4 to see if it would hold, i did, but with a reverberating hollowing sound. I gave him a belay and he climbed the first route.
Security: He immediately came down and said "Let's get out of here. They look upset." We frantically packed up all of our stuff as a security guard came out and told us that we had to leave the premisses. He let us grab our webbing that we setup as an anchor and escorted us out. I guess it could have been worse. He was cool about it and said their liability insurance didn't cover climbing on the building. I think that they need a more comprehensive policy!