Bear's Reach, Lover's Leap, East Wall 5.7

   
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Lake Tahoe, California, USA

  • Currently 5.0/5
Avg time to climb route: 3 hours
Approach time: 15 minutes
Descent time: 15 minutes
Number of pitches: 3
Height of route: 400'
Overview
This must-do climb offers more than a few memorable face and crack moves. The name comes from the second pitch crux where, depending on your height, you must make a huge “Bear’s Reach” between two large holds. The first half of the climb links together a variety of short cracks with face moves while the second half follows a series of corners. This route is just shy of being runout in sections and is only recommended for the confident 5.7 leader.
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Strategy
The first pitch is the most serious on the climb. After getting gear 10 feet up, you must go 15 feet to the next gear. Save the bigger cams for the large steep flake at the end of the pitch. The comfy belay ledge is surrounded by dangerously hollow rock and a climber died when his anchor pulled. Back up the belay with gear up high and left, then wedge your rump fi...   [full history for SuperTopo members only!]

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Lover's Leap, East Wall - Bear's Reach 5.7 - Lake Tahoe, California, USA. Click to Enlarge
Bear's Reach is one of the best 5.7's anywhere.
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