The Line, Lover's Leap, East Wall 5.9
Avg time to climb route: 3 hours
Approach time: 15 minutes
Descent time: 15 minutes
Number of pitches: 3
Height of route: 400'
OverviewThe Line is the most popular and striking route at Lover’s Leap. The name says it all: the climb follows a plumb line up the center of the East Wall that would not be possible to miss. The name also speaks to the three or more climbers you will have to wait behind before starting. The Line offers a delicious mixture of lieback, stem, and face moves with the occasional straight-in jam. After thousands of ascents, the rock is has been buffed to perfection—no dirt or grit here. Paul Piana sums up the climb nicely, “Best 5.9 I’ve ever done. Great pro everywhere after the first 20 feet. Hold up a rack and it sucks in a nut.
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HistoryFA: TM Herbert, Doug Tompkins, 1966.
FFA: Tom Higgins, Frank Sarnquist, 1968.
StrategyRoyal Robbins describes the first pitch as “the best pitch at The Leap, and one of the ten best pitches I have done anywhere.” The powerful 5.9 crux of The Line comes mercifully just 20 feet off the ground. From there, the first pitch remains sustained... [full history for SuperTopo members only!]
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