It’s prime climbing season in Tahoe so we asked AMGA Certified Rock Guide Jarad Stiles all about the climbing at Lovers Leap. Jarad has been guiding rock climbing in Tahoe and Joshua Tree for the past decade. He frequents Yosemite and has made multiple accents of El Cap, Half Dome, The Leaning Tower, and Washington Column (in a day). When it comes to climbing, Jarad is an all-around pro in the mountains and the perfect person to give us the rundown on Lovers Leap.
Q: Describe the climbing at Lovers Leap. What are the routes like/what is the quality of the rock like?
Jarad: Lovers Leap is an amazing climbing area! The granite is covered in horizontal quartz dikes that allow you to climb striking routes at modest grades.
Q: What’s unique about the climbing area?
Jarad: The most amazing thing about lovers leap is the high concentration of moderate multipitch routes in a relatively small area.
Q: What kind of experience should a climber have before trying to climb at Lovers Leap? Is it experts only?
Jarad: Lovers leap has something for everyone! The highly featured rock allows enjoyable climbing for beginners and experts.
Q: What’s your favorite easy-moderate route?
Jarad: Corrugation Corner is a must do at Lovers Leap. 4 pitches of high quality 5.7 is not to be missed!
Q: Do you have a project at Lovers Leap OR what is your favorite difficult route?
Jarad: Tombstone Terror is a classic crack climb up the main wall near Travelers Buttress. It has it all, powerful lay-backing, sustained jamming and it’s just a gorgeous piece of rock!
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