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SPECIAL VIDEOS

Climbing Lombard Street, SAN FRANCISCO – May 2, 1983

Lombard Street is transformed into a Candyland game, Aug 19, 2009Here 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.

Lombard Street is an east–west street in San Francisco, California. It’s famous for having a steep, one-block section that consists of eight tight hairpin turns and 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. This one block section of Lombard St., is reserved for one-way traffic traveling east (downhill) and is paved with red bricks. The speed limit in this section is 5 mph (8 km/h).

In the photo above by Hasbro, Inc., Lombard Street is transformed into a Candyland game in San Francisco on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, thus the colorful sections.   (AP Photo/Hasbro Inc., Darryl Bush, HO)

Lombard Street - the hairpin Curve

Hairpin Curve on Lombard Street

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


Read Paul’s post of what inspires him to accomplish such feats of endurance and strength in this post.


 

Climbing Mount Diablo, Concord, California – May 2, 1988

Enjoy Paul’s video of cycling up Mount Diablo on his 50th birthday in less than 60 minutes. This video is made possible by Channel 5 News, Evening Magazine with Richard Hart.