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Worster than you

Mountain climber
Lafayette, CA
Jun 23, 2013 - 04:44pm PT
Ha, I came in to give this thread a bump, and it was done for me many times over! Visited the store yesterday after climbing and we hung out at the patio in the side yard. Owner (I assume that's Squirrel!) came out and chatted us up for a while - great community vibe. Fantastic place to hang out after a climb, and as posted above, a startlingly interesting selection of single beers. Thanks for making this shop what it is, and I hope the success continues.

Gym climber
knapsack crack
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 19, 2013 - 02:12pm PT
Black Diamond camalots and wild country cams have just arrived. If you don't see what you want, squirrel will do special orders.

Spitting rain off and on right now and looks like the weather is going to be funky until Thursday.

Trad climber
Nov 28, 2013 - 01:13am PT
Was in there today. Coffee great, GF selection's aplenty, funny cat kickin' it in the front window, Dead jammin, kick a$$ VW Bus in front and the man himself was friendly and now am stopping there whenever I can.

Boulder climber
Nov 28, 2013 - 01:50am PT
There is some impressive crags/ boulders on the north side of the highway too. From memory: one area near Kyburz, and another at a bit lower elevation. You'd think they would get hit up as much as the Leap, but approach/ access may be the issue. IDK.
i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Nov 28, 2013 - 01:55am PT
phantom spires is in between kyburz and strawberry and sugarloaf is above kyburz. there is also wrights lake cliffs (further up wrights lake road than phantom spires) and the 31st milepost tract which is pretty insignificant compared to the others

Trad climber
The land of Fruits & Nuts!
Nov 28, 2013 - 02:10am PT
Yeah, 31 milestone is way insignificant compared to the others. WAY!

The store is now way bitchin as described earlier. They'll match prices, you won't find you gear cheaper anywhere else. Plus, a store like that, run by such an awesome dude and his family is bound to become nothing less than a historical landmark in the climbing world. Get in early so you can lean back in your rocking chair some day and tell the story about how back in the day, "you were there man"!

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Jun 2, 2014 - 08:52pm PT
Saturday, I got a chance to meet and chat with Squirrel and Hippie Tim (and a couple of the cats), sample the beer selection, and gobble down some chips and organic berries at the picnic tables outside. Nice market, nice folks!

Still looking for snowshoe hare roadkill, btw.
bit'er ol' guy

the past
Jun 2, 2014 - 09:15pm PT

Big Foot?

Is that you?

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Jun 2, 2014 - 09:20pm PT
Bump for breakfast at the Strawberry Lodge/Cafe BITD . . . at least I think that's what they called it:)

Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Jun 2, 2014 - 09:42pm PT
No matter which route you do everyone who lives at the Leap is so stoked that you had the local experience. The whole Strawberry community is full of love and wonder and adventure. Squirrel has brought back the climbing shop, added amazing beers from all over the country including my favorite Mammoth IPA's, and offers that down home hospitality. BITD is now today again at Lovers Leap.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jun 3, 2014 - 06:46am PT
Damn....I'm tempted to go back to the Leap just to hang out at the store. Only climbed there once....with TM back in 73 or so.

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Jul 16, 2014 - 09:21am PT
grab a beer
and enjoy it
on the patio
looking out toward
the leap.

squirrel has tunes
piped outside
and there is usually
a good crew
milling about
either recounting
or planning a
worthy excursion
among the local mountains.

strawberry market
now holds an on-site liquor license.

and a deli is like three nails
and a final inspection away
from turnkey.

Trad climber
Nevada City
Aug 14, 2014 - 09:13pm PT
Squirrel is awesome, and his wife too. Very generous with his beta, and running a good shop. Wish I had more money to spend when I visited the other day.

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Dec 14, 2014 - 09:43am PT
last night paul and i were rolling down
the trench drain after a long day of crane work
in the trees,
you know post-storm tahoe cleanup
and we pull into
squirrel's strawberry market;

we stand around eating carmel popcorn
covered in peanut butter
and chocolate listening to pink Floyd
and drinking double shots of expresso..

a couple of local fixtures are
seated in various corners with sly smiles
behind their torpedo beers
and happy mountain stories
are bouncing around....

stop by and add your flavor

Social climber
Pacifica, CA
Dec 15, 2014 - 06:57pm PT
Was there a few times over the weekend, Norwegian. Must have just missed you.

Borrowed some glass from Squirrel to replace a broken window at the cabin.

Maybe catch you when we're there for Christmas weekend.

damon @ sciots
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