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Q. Should I tip my guide?
A. Our guides work hard to make sure you have the best experience. Tips are highly appreciated, but of course never expected. Typical gratuities range from 5-15% of course fees.
Q. What forms of payment do you accept?
A. We accept cash, check, credit card and Venmo!
Q. How long are half day trips? How long are full day trips?
A. Half days are 4 – 4.5 hours and usually involve about 400-500 feet of climbing. Full days are anywhere up to 8.5 – 9 hours and might include up to 1000 feet of climbing!
Q. What personal gear do I need?
A. Hiking/approach or running shoes, a small daypack, 2 liters of water (minimum 1 full liter), snacks and sun protection (glasses, hat, shirts, sunscreen, etc.).
Q. What climbing gear do I need?
A. We can provide everything BUT if you have your own gear please bring your shoes, harness, helmet, chalkbag and belay device plus 3 locking carabiners.
Q. What kind of clothing should I wear?
A. Any athletic wear that allows freedom of movement is great. Bring layers – we are in the mountains.
Q. Can I bring my dog?
A. We recommend that you leave the dogs at home for this adventure as we’ll be away from the base for extended periods of time. Rattlesnakes are also a common hazard for dogs.
Q. Do I need experience?
A. For most one day courses and climbs NO prior experience is necessary. IF a course requires pre-requisites they are noted in the course description. For the best experience, we recommend that you are comfortable climbing 5.7 on toprope.
Q. Do you work with experienced climbers?
A. Of course! Whether you want to work on some skills OR just have a fun day out climbing let us know what you’re interested in and we’ll find a guide appropriate for you.
Q. When is the best time to climb?
A. Spring, Summer and Fall all offer great weather and temperatures. In mid-summer, weekdays are often best for avoiding crowds if you have the flexibility to make that work.
Q. What is the climbing like?
A. Lover’s Leap offers superb quality granite face and crack climbing mostly in the 5.5 to 5.10 range. The climbing ranges from 1 to 5 pitches and are on average 2 to 3 pitches and 300-400 feet long. Most Leap classics are on vertical or just off-vertical rock, with good belay ledges or stances and almost entirely natural (removable) protection. There are few bolted climbs and even fewer bolted anchors here.