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Guiding Lover's Leap since 2003

Lover's Leap offers some of the best rock climbing around Lake Tahoe. Lover's Leap Guides offers guided rock climbing and educational courses for all ages and abilities. Our highly experienced guides have been operating at the Leap since 2003 to provide safe and unforgettable climbing experiences for our clients.

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Happy 50th to Stephane! 

Stephane wanted something to remember for this birthday. His wife Carla, saw that Lover’s Leap Guides offer birthday challenges, and signed him up for one. 

We met a 5 a.m. and were climbing by 5:30. Laps@on the Hogsback, then the Lower Buttress and Main Wall. We did a mega pitch up Hospital corner, before taking Corrugation to the top. Leaving the top of the Main Wall, we had 33 pitches done. Climbing the East Wall in the sun, slowed us down, but by the end Stephane had racked up 51 pitches!!
#youmustgoup #localknowledge #localguides #birthdaychallenge #climbing #trad #keepmoving #tahoeclimbing
A climber on the exposed arete of Traveler Buttress!
#youmustgoup #localguides #localknowledge  #climbing #eldoradocounty #tradclimbing #tahoeclimbing
Kurt has plans this summer for the Becky Chouinard in the Bugaboos. He wanted a big training day, so he contacted Lover’s Leap Guides!
Meeting at 6:00 we headed to the Hogsback and went up👆!
23 pitches later, we were back at the car at 4:00. Great day!!
#youmustgoup #localknowledge #localguides #climbing #keepmoving #climbwithus

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Basic Skills

Instruction will be giving on the fundamentals of outside climbing. Belaying, gear placements, setting up and cleaning anchors, and rappelling. The day will end with fun climbing on our favorite...


Learn to Lead

In this course climbers will learn the foundation to become a safe and efficient outdoor trad leader. Instruction will be giving on gear placements, racking gear, multi-pitch and top-rope anchors,...


Women’s Weekend

Join Heidi Wirtz for a ladies weekend of learning new skills and techniques, and of course fun climbing! You will be climbing at Lover’s Leap one day and at the...



We are excited to have Rock Guide Heidi Wirtz offering this course and exam this summer! This is a valuable course for those not only who want to pursue employment...



The SPI Assessment is a minimum of 16 hours run over a two-day period. Certification lasts for three years as long as the candidate keeps current AMGA Membership and First...

Lover’s Fest 2.0!

We are super excited to have our second annual Lover’s Festival! We had so much fun and a great turnout last year, we decided to make this a yearly event!...

Rock Climbing Guiding and Education

Founded in 2003, Lover’s Leap Guides are based at The Leap in Strawberry, California near Lake Tahoe. Learn to climb, learn new techniques, or just enjoy a day out on the rock with an experienced guide.

Experienced, Knowledgeable Guides

AMGA-certified guides who have developed and completed first ascents of many of the climbs at Lover's Leap.

All ages, all abilities

Specialized in working with children and adults. We also have experience guiding adaptive climbers.

Safety. Fun. Learning

Whether you want to improve technique or learn technical skills, we'll be your guide.

Rock Climbing Lover’s Leap

Lover’s Leap is a steep cliff band near South Lake Tahoe.  If you’re driving Highway 50 between Placerville and South Lake Tahoe, it’s hard to miss this prominent and striking feature. The Leap has become a world-renowned rock climbing destination with over one hundred and fifty established routes. It is best known for its traditional multi-pitch routes, often using granite dikes for holds; but the area also includes some boulder problems. Traveler Buttress, featured in Fifty Classic Climbs of North America, was put up in 1966.

Lovers Leap Guides is the current longstanding guiding service for rock climbing at Lover’s Leap. We offer guiding as well as rock climbing classes.

Other Areas

In addition to Lover’s Leap, there are other zones if you’re interested in exploring some other nearby rock climbing areas.

Phantom Spires

This area is made up of many free standing formations called spires. Up to 250 feet tall, the summit of the spires offers breath-taking views of the American River Canyon.

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Sugarloaf Rock

For more experienced rock climbers, the rock at Sugarloaf has frequently been compared to Yosemite for its smooth granite and straight crack climbing.

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Meet Petch

Petch has been climbing since 1989 and has passion teaching and guiding as much as he does for climbing. At the end of an eight month climbing trip that took him and his partner from Joshua Tree in Southern California to Devils Tower in the eastern part of Wyoming, and everything in between, the final stop turned out to be Lover’s Leap. The right turn towards Lover’s Leap landed Petch in the campground in 1993. Climbing for eight months and a bank account of zero, he quickly found a job at the Strawberry Lodge. Falling in love with Lover’s Leap and Strawberry he found making a home easy. A guiding job opened in 1996 with teaching youth backpacking and rock climbing. The exciting future of guiding as a full time profession led to the opening of Lover’s Leap Guides in 2003. With his enthusiasm and knowledge of Lover’s Leap, Lover’s Leap Guides has become the most popular and busiest service to climb at Lover’s Leap. He has spent countless ours working with the Access Fund, CRAGS, and the Forest Service to maintain trails, protect nesting raptors, and community outreach. Climbing most of the routes at Lover’s Leap, he has also added numerous routes of his own. From 5.5 to 5.12D, some of his first ascents have become modern day classics. A good chance you will probably climb one of his routes when you climb with Lover’s Leap Guides.

Petch is certified by the AMGA as a Rock Instructor and holds his certification as a Wilderness First Responder and CPR.

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Some Love from Our Clients at the Leap

"Both of us enjoyed ourselves more than we ever have outdoors, and climbing the "Bears Reach" route after having watched that video of Dan Osmond climbing it was wonderful. We went to the 90ft wall after and both felt inspired to climb better than we have ever done. Look forward to climbing with you again sometime soon."

Martin and Donesa

"Very good client care. Being out with Petch you really feel well guided as communication is clear, belay positions are selected to see and coach clients through cruxes. It is a good quality experience!"

Doug NidiverAMGA examiner
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