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Lover’s Leap Stewards!

By May 16, 2024May 18th, 2024No Comments

Climbing Stewards!


Petch at one of the many trail projects!

Here at Lover’s Leap Guides, we care deeply for the area where we live, climb, and work.  Our guides have put in countless hours working on trails, monitoring wild life, helping coordinate volunteer events, and providing a base camp for the Access Fund.

After the Caldor Fire which ripped through Lover’s Leap, we were out there reestablishing trails.  With the fragile soil, it was important to keep climbers on the correct trails so the plants had a chance to grow back.

We appreciate the Access Fund recognizing the work we have done by writing an article about our head guides, Steve Schwortz and M. “Petch” Pietrolungo.

Here is the Article that was published by the Access Fund.

When you are considering a day of climbing at Lake Tahoe’s Lover’s Leap.  Please remember the guide service who cares about the area.

Stay tuned for upcoming trail days where you can help maintain this area and make it better!

Look forward to watching the Leap grow back and to climb with You!!




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 hours 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.