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The Cross -

Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00 out of 5
Route sequence (left to right): 1
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old, rusted, broken, utterly deadly bolts (long gone - were removed and painted over at least a decade ago)
Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty A0
  Safety Rating X
  Exposure 5.00/5
  Rock Quality 5.00/5
  Scenery 5.00/5
  Fun Factor 4.00/5


This is, quite literally, the giant concrete cross at the top of Mt. Davidson. Don't climb on it. Really.

Submitted by: anson on 2005-05-14
Last Modified: 2011-06-24
Views: 718
Route ID: 62692

1 Ascent Recorded

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  Difficulty A0
  Safety Rating X
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: MMP on 1975-09-16 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Climbing the Cross via bolts

Peter Mars (Smith) and John Zachry climbed the cross at Mt. Davidson after school (McAteer) utilizing the bolts that existed in 1975. Once on the crossbar the view was spectacular. The ascent to the top Pete went up and I stayed on the crossbar. He signed the summit registry and tied into existing webbing to decend to the crossbar. The webbing snapped when he was right at the edge on rappel and he fell to the crossbar where I basically caught him. We used our own webbing for the rappel from the crossbar and our goldline rope was about about 15 feet short for a complete rappel, so we downclimbed the bolts on the last 15 feet. With the sun going down we knew the urgency of getting off the cross, but going over the edge was extremely difficult. Those days we were climbing just about anything and anywhere... as long as it was in the city. Contrary to the listing, it is a concrete cross, not steel. Also with the condition and age of the bolts (and concrete)today this climb would be deadly.

Added: 2009-07-02