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Video: Climbing Lombard Street

Climbing Lombard Street, SAN FRANCISCO – May 2, 1983

Here is a video for you of my difficult climb up Lombard Street in San Francisco on my 45th birthday carrying just over 300 lbs. It took me a little over 6 months of training and several medical stress tests to make sure I was ready for the challenge.

This video is made possible by Channel 5 News, Evening Magazine with Richard Hart who teaches at Academy of Art, SF, filmed in 1983.

Lombard Street in San Francisco, California is famous for having a steep, one-block section that consists of eight tight hairpin turns. It is about 14 mile (400 m) long (approximately 575 feet) . Instituted in 1922, Lombard St. was created to reduce the hill’s natural 27% grade,which was too steep for most vehicles to climb. Walking straight up would also be a serious hazard to pedestrians, who are used to a more reasonable sixteen-degree incline.



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