17510 Highway 50, Kyburz, CA
Let's get our climb on at the leap - trad style
What you need:
*Helmet, climbing shoes, harness, draws. If we do trad: slings, protection (active & passive), *Sunscreen
*Water & food
*Camping gear (tent, bag, pad, headlamp, gear etc)
*A commitment to safety
*An adventurous spirit and rock n roll rude.
I will secure a campsite or 2 when I get there on Friday day. It should be no more than $5 to 7 each. Ill post site #ers here or email you.
Lover's leap routes:
The Leap is 18 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 50, and 40 miles east of Placerville. From South Lake Tahoe, take US 50 West for about 18 miles, watch for the community of Strawberry on your left a couple of miles past Twin Bridges. From the Sacramento area, take US 50 East to Placerville, then 40 more miles to Strawberry. Turn in to the Strawberry Lodge, and follow the road that leads back toward the cliff. Cross the American River, and then at the fork take a left.
There is a paved turnaround with a limited amount of parking. If the parking is full, park down the road near Strawberry Creek, or better yet, drive back toward Strawberry and park in the pull-out alongside US 50, but please, do not park in the resident's driveways. They will have you towed, and this parking issue has been a source of friction between the homeowners and climbers/hikers. On weekends, the parking will be full, so be prepared to walk a couple hundred extra yards. This parking area is shared by the campground, hikers walking the Pony Express Trail, and a multitude of climbers.
The trail leads from this parking area to the north through the walk-in campground, continues past some stellar bouldering areas, and then to the cliff. There are several use trails through the brush and talus at the cliff base, and selecting the correct one is not always easy. To get to the East Wall, walk down the trail until you feel as if you are passing the cliff, and at a right-hand turn, take the use trail at the apex of the turn. For the Main Wall, take the use trail that goes directly at the cliff just after the bouldering area. Many routes on the Main Wall start on the Main Ledge. To gain the Main Ledge, follow the branch that contours the base of the Lower Buttress, follow the use trail left, and go up the gully. The use trail from here to the Main Ledge is obvious, but if you miss the turn, the gully goes up to the southwest slope, and all the way to the top. If you turn too soon, you will end up on Tombstone Ledge, a common route-finding error. For the Central Wall, there are several options, depending upon which route you aspire to. The Lower Buttress is a straight shot from the main trail. For the Hogsback, go just past the East Wall access described above, and the Hogsback will be on your left.
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.