East Crack, Lover's Leap, East Wall 5.8
Avg time to climb route: 3 hours
Approach time: 15 minutes
Descent time: 15 minutes
Number of pitches: 3
Height of route: 400'
OverviewEast crack provides a variety of sustained 5.7 and 5.8 terrain. Because the route doesnít have a memorable crux, it sees little traffic relative to Bearís Reach or East Wall. With only a few 5.8 moves, this is a good entry to 5.8 and is only moderately more difficult (and better protected) than Bearís Reach.
Climber Beta on East Crack
Which SuperTopo guidebooks include a topo for East Crack?
Find other routes like East Crack
StrategyThe first pitch is straightforward with one 5.7 move around the roof. The second pitch is the business: face and crack moves lead to two steep, awkward, and well protected 5.8 bulges. When crowded, belay on the far left side and high on Bushy Ledge.
The final pitch features a distinct 5.7 crux that requires stemming on poor footholds while reaching high into a 3-inch crack for a hidden incut jug. Just before the top, either set gear for a directional and escape right or continue straight up the wild 5.9 mantel variation. Belay before reaching the rim for best communication with your follower.
Everything You Need to Know About Lake Tahoe
Search the internet for beta on East Crack
Links to related internet pages with info on East Crack
Other Routes on Lover's Leap, East Wall