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Evening Light on Lover’s Leap!

We  hope you and your loved ones are healthy and strong, and we understand this hasn’t been a easy time for anyone.

Lover’s Leap Guides is happy to announce that we are officially open with California reaching Phase 3 of the Covid 19 epidemic.  We have started running trips at Lover’s Leap, Phantom Spires, and Sugarloaf.  Learn to Lead, Intro to Multi-pitch climbing, Self Rescue courses, and straight up RAD CLIMBING!

Woo-Hoo! Climbing Over Easy at the Phantom Spires!

We here at Lover’s Leap Guides make your and our guides safety number one.  From the time we meet, to the approach, the climb, and the descent, we have the teams safety in mind.  We will now be doing pre-trip screening for both guest and guide.  A  medical questionnaire will be given and temperatures will be taken.  We also have implemented gear rotation and sanitizing, no food or water sharing, frequent hand sanitizing, and face masks/coverings when a minimum distance of 6 feet isn’t possible.

A bandanna works great for a face covering!

Lover’s Leap Guides will be waving deposits this year.  If you are not feeling well, it’s best to reschedule than potentially making another climber sick.  Our guides will also take their health in mind when taking on a day of guiding.  We are All going to work together to help stop the spread of Covid 19.

Here at Lover’s Leap, we have been a small ratio climber to guide operation since the beginning.  You won’t be grouped together with climbers you don’t know.  We will the classic routes and the not so well known classics to avoid the crowds and get you most climbing in as possible.

Climbing Psychedelic Tree!

If you are coming to Lake Tahoe, California to climb some of the best rock in the Sierra’s, come climb with Lover’s Leap Guides.  Our guides are long time locals who know the area better than anyone, know how to avoid crowds, and super fun to climb with.  Just over 20 minutes from South Lake Tahoe,  and a little over an hour from North Lake Tahoe and Donner Summit.

How sweet it is! Candyland at the Phantom Spires.

We look forward to sharing a rope with you this summer season at Lover’s Leap, Lake Tahoe, California!

Be Strong, Stay Healthy!

And remember….

It’s what we do;)!


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.