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Yesterday here at Lover’s Leap we received our first bit of snow since the end of September.  This morning it’s already gone but the temps seem to be cooling off.  Climbing will be possible still through the weekend, so if you are headed up to Lake Tahoe, California and you want to experience some of the best multi-pitch climbing in the Tahoe area, get it before it’s gone for the year.

Phantom Spires and Sugarloaf are blessed with good sunny climbs throughout the winter, though at the Phantom Spires, snow can shut down the access road.

We here at Lover’s Leap Guides will still be offering guiding climbs, learn to lead classes, multi-pitch climbing, self rescue courses throughout the Lake Tahoe area at Sugarloaf and the Phantom Spires(until the Spires road is snowed in).

Let us know how we can provided a guided tour to some of the best granite the Sierra’s have to offer!


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.