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Climbing Courses Summer 2024!

By May 10, 2024No Comments

Summer Courses 2024

We just had a blast of winter come through in early May, but high pressure has built back in. We are now in full swing for climbing and guiding at the Leap!

Lover’s Leap April 2024


The Summer Line Up!


May 31st-June 2
Climbing Wall Instructor course taught by our Head Guide Steve Schwortz and hosted by our friends at Blue Granite.

*Raises standards for climbing instruction
*Explains techniques for teaching climbing skills more effectively
*Creates space for peer review and workshopping technical skills to bring them up to higher standards
*Teaches new rescue skills
*All levels of experience share their knowledge with each other
*Opens up networking opportunities
Cost $475 per person

Step 1 – Register for the course and make sure your professional membership is current on the AMGA dashboard:
My course is listed under: STSC-CWI-MIX-2024-1
Step 2 – Sign up on and pay on the Blue Granite portal – make sure to create an account and sign a waiver as part of the process:

Rescue Skills

Rescue Weekend June 8th and 9th!

June 8th Phase 1

We teach this course at Rescue Rock. A perfect location away from crowds and set up just for this course. Climbers will first see a complete demonstration of a rescue situation starting with escaping the belay, ascending the rope to the injured climber, transferring to a new anchor, and finally descending multiple rappels with the injured climber. From there students will be taught each skill until they are comfortable performing it on they’re own.
Cost $185 per person

June 9th Phase 2

You have taken our Phase 1 Rescue course, practiced what you learned, but now want to polish and get more in depth with the skills you have acquired. More of scenario based class with your instructors watching and coaching to help get the skills you need dialed in. Haul systems will be covered more in depth than the Phase 1 course
Cost $185 per person

Skills and Thrills Weekend!

June 22nd & 23rd
June 22nd 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 single pitch climbs at the Leap!
Cost $185 per climber

June 23rd 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, equalization of anchors, managing belay stations, communication skills, protecting the leader and follower, rope management, and rappelling.
Cost $185 per climber

Women’s Weekend!

July 27th and 28th!

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 Phantom Spires the other. Camping available.
Two day cost $400 per climber.

Heidi Wirtz will be sharing her stoke this summer at Lover’s Leap!



August 2nd-4th!!
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 in guiding, but for climbers who want to learn the tricks of the trade!
It significantly improves the instructor’s skill sets and integrates into the next level of training, which includes the AMGA Rock Guide Course and the Multi-Pitch Instructor certification.
The program is for current, active rock climbers who have a real desire to teach rock climbing to novices in a single pitch setting.
The SPI Course is a 27-hour training course that runs as three consecutive nine-hour days. Cost $699


August 9th and 10th
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 Aid Certification. Cost $490

Lover’s Fest 2.0!!

August 10th and 11th
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!

Saturday August 10th.
This will be the final day of the Access Funds Conservation Teams work period at the Leap. Will will be having various stewardship projects running throughout the day. Once the crews are finished, we will move over to the Strawberry Station General Store for an evening party! Food(including a Pig Roast!), beverages, a huge raffle, and live music will be making this another memorable Strawbillie Party!!

Sunday August 11th
Lover’s Leap Guides will providing low cost clinics in the morning.

Stay tuned for more information on Lover’s Fest 2.0 as we get closer to the date!

Rainbow over the Leap at Lover’s Fest 1.0



Kalymnos, Greece!

Hosted by Earth Play Retreats
November 2-8th, 2024 – Optional Multi Pitch Day Nov. 9 & 10th
7 Days of Climbing, Yoga, Performance Coaching And Culture~ with professional photographer included to capture the magic

Courses coming later this summer:
Advanced Partner Rescue – Phase 3
Climbing Photography Clinics
Big Wall Clinics
Multi Pitch Efficiency Clinics
and more!

Not seeing dates or a course that works for you? Give us a call or email, and we will customize what you are looking for!

Call (530)318-2939 or email (



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.