Knapsack Crack, Lover's Leap, Hogsback 5.5
Lake Tahoe, California, USA
Avg time to climb route: 1.5 hours
Approach time: 20 minutes
Descent time: 15 minutes
Number of pitches: 3
Height of route: 300'
OverviewThis climb is great for first time Lover’s Leap climbers. The route ascends 300 feet of clean, moderate, and well-protected terrain. Except for a few 5.5 moves around the second belay, the route is mostly 5.0-5.4 and is a perfect follow for a first time climber. Climb the route entirely as a face climb or use some of the cracks to practice jamming. The last two pitches link with one 60m rope
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ApproachPick up the Old Pony Express Trail 50 feet east of the campground bathrooms. When even with a notch in Hogsback’s east should (and just after the Pony Express Trail turns right), turn left onto a climbers’ trail that follows a subtle drainage path. Follow the switchbacks up for 100 yards through brush to the east shoulder of Hogsback. The trail then drops down and loops around to the southwest. Follow the trail for another few hundred yards to the base of the North Face.
DescentFrom the top of Hogsback, walk down the east shoulder and join the approach trail. Walk back to the base. Most climbers carry comfortable descent shoes on the climb.
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