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.
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.
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.
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
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"!
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!
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.