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.
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 1⁄4 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)
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.