Deception, Lover's Leap, Hogsback 5.6

 
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Lake Tahoe, California, USA

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Evdawg

Trad climber
Sacramento/S. Tahoe
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   Dec 16, 2007 - 03:07pm
first time did it 3 pitches (the green)
after that i just did it 2 pitches. (red)
it's just possible with a 60m rope


we skipped the first 5.6 crack left cause of a very loose block [there were ppl below us.. didn't want it falling on them] so the pic above shows the 5.8 variation after the REALLY BIG flake
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nate2655

Trad climber
gardnerville, nevada
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   Jun 26, 2011 - 04:12pm
Did deception on 6/22/11.... was an ok climb, did every variation on it just about. Can be done in 2 pitches, just put slings on every peice,or your rope drag will be a bitc*.

break down

P1: if you want less rope drag only need one peice on the staircase walk-up put a double sling on it then climb up onto the ledge you can belay from here if you want to make the climb 3 pitches with the last pitch only being 20 or 30 feet or keep climbing up to a nice flake stance about 10' low and right were the 3x3 flake that came off. for the anchor use a #13 stopper #3 cam and a #.75 or #1 cam

Credit: nate2655

pic of the first belay station



P2:if you want to keep the route 5.6 go left or if you want to work on somthing just a little harder go right up the large flake to a 5.7+ finger crack place pro shallow or you might lose it, so to keep it from walking in by putting a long sling on it. after the finger crack go left to the normal crack and follow it up. also about 50' from the top there some fun but run out 5.7 face moves on nice dike,after the face moves go back right were you will get you first piece after the face moves. from here go to the top to a nice 10x10 ledge for your belay.



top out of deception
top out of deception
Credit: nate2655
top out anchor

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Nathan

Intermediate climber
gardnerville, nevada
Jul 4, 2002 - 11:02pm
 
This climb lives up to it's name. I wouldn't recomend it to a new leader. My partner who's solid at 5.9 had a hard time comitting to the traverse on the 2nd pitch. Small pro at your feet with low angle, smearing, slab moves. Watch out for loose flakes, alot of them are spooky.
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steel

Intermediate climber
gardnerville, nevada
Jul 7, 2002 - 10:45pm
 
Try Pip's Pillar Left Side(5.8). This is to the right of Deception and left of the large pine tree. 2-3 pitches of flakes, 1" hands, edging crux on miniscule knobs and several easy bulges at the top of Hogsback. Diversified climbing that was lots of fun for "Psycho Monkey" and myself.
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ttoshi

Trad climber
Oakland, CA
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   Nov 3, 2003 - 05:55pm
Definitely a fun climb--must do if on Hogsback! First pitch is trivial. Second pitch is wandering and the best. Great topo. Beware of rope drag. I used 2 ft slings on all pieces, but maybe 4 footers would have been good on a couple. The traverse is low angle and not bad as long as you trust your feet. I did this climb leading up 2 others, and it was great because the belays had plenty of space on the ledges.
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highminded

Mountain climber
Forks, Washington
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   Sep 13, 2004 - 03:58pm
This is a nice step up from Knapsack. The first pitch is easy and a good tutorial for new leaders. Begin moving in a gradual diagonal left as soon as you start seeing the ledge system develop on top of the book (this will help minimize rope drag). If you're climbing with a 60m rope, you can go about 15-feet higher than the belay ledge marked at the top of P1 in the topo and belay from a pod made up by several blocks (the blocks are shown on the topo). I had trouble finding nice anchors on the ledge, so I went a bit higher and found the pod nicely protected. If you do this, be sure to use long slings on any pro you place between the ledge and the pod -- or just climb up to the pod without placing pro (a little run-out, true, but it's pretty much a staircase). The blocks that make up the pod provide totally bomber pro: there's a place to girth-hitch a long sling around the block at the top of the pod and there are two places to thread a hex sling behind blocks on the right of the pod. It's a reasonably comfortable, semi-standing belay.

On Pitch 2, watch out when placing pro beneath the large flake at the beginning of the pitch -- there's a big crack starting through it. Long runners are especially important on P2, since it wanders left, then back right. The slabby right-traverse at the top of P2 is mentally intimidating, but not too bad if you've got nice smearing shoes on and trust your feet.

After you do the traverse, work your way up the book to the block directly above and belay your second from there. Any higher and you'll get too much rope drag.

The third pitch is short, blocky and easily protected.
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harmonydoc

Trad climber
Rohnert Park, CA
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   Aug 28, 2005 - 12:47am
Did this route yesterday, let the middle pitch, my second lead. Didn't find it too scary, enough decent stances for me to fiddle around with my placements. Some very loose rock, though, watch out. The most intimidating part is the traverse right at the top of the second pitch, but there is a little edge there for your feet and there were only about 2 or 3 steps without much for your hands. A fun climb (and a popular one, there were a lot of people on it).
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Evdawg

Trad climber
Sacramento/S. Tahoe
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   May 22, 2007 - 02:12pm
what size and quantitiy of gear is used for this climb?
are there runnouts more than 8 feet?
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Moof

Big Wall climber
Orygun
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   May 26, 2007 - 09:42pm
Evdawg,

Pretty much the gear is your standard leap rack. Yellow alien to #3, one set of small to large stoppers. The route is generally pretty forgiving as to gear selection, so bring what you've got and you'll be fine.

Be warned that like much of Hogsback there are sections of less than stellar rock. You'll encounter chunks of secure, though unattached rock on the route.

Start the route at the small but stout tree that is easily scrambled to. Starting lower can result in short roping the leader.

The old guidebook shows the first belay at the top of the cruddy 4th class section. I've yet to find much solid stuff to belay in there. I continue on to a decent but small ledge another 50' higher, into some of the real 5th class climbing. There are runouts greater than 8', but nothing scary. Knock on things to make sure they are solid before you yard on them or put gear behind them. For example there is a sucker hold on the 4th class section that is cemented in place with moss (may be gone by now). Just know what you are yarding on.

With a 60m you can topout in just one more pitch. There will be zero communications from the top, so plan your rope signals in advance, and extend the belay back over to where you can WTF is going on.
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Chugar

Trad climber
Mariposa, CA
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   Jul 1, 2007 - 10:37pm
Nice enjoyable climb. Got a Trango cam stuck just before the alternate belay (to complete in two pitches). If anyone can get it and would return it, I'd be very grateful! Else enjoy the booty!
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rhyang

climber
SJC
Jul 8, 2007 - 08:37pm
 
Followed this route yesterday.

The stuck cam was still there, and looked kind of mangled.

The flake noted a couple of posts below with the new crack through it is apparently detached and unstable - beware ! It's just above and to the left of the stuck cam.
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Evdawg

Trad climber
Sacramento/S. Tahoe
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   Jul 15, 2007 - 10:56pm
For a 5.6 this is a great route. I've done it 3 times in the last 2 weeks. It's a great route!

I've heard this route done in 3-4 pitches...
PLEASE save yourself the trouble and climb it in just 2 pitches if you have a 60m rope.
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Travellinjack

climber
Napa, CA
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   May 21, 2008 - 03:03pm
My friend and I climbed this yesterday. Really fun climb. I left a number 8 or 9 nut on the second pitch...it's stuck pretty good. If you can get it out it's yours.
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Matlogg

Trad climber
sacramento, CA
Jun 26, 2008 - 10:06pm
 
When climbing Harvey's Center on 6.25.08, I noticed a piece of a slab perched perpendicular to the wall. I have never seen that before and don't remember that last year when I did that route. This one should be carefully removed.

Early summer in 2007, during a warm up on Knapsack, we witnessed the 2nd of a 3 person team knock one of those loose car-hood-sized slabs off. The 3rd dove right and was clear. The slab exploded on impact near him and showered those on the ground below. No one was injured as they dove behind the tree.

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OrganicByte

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
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   Oct 12, 2009 - 07:52pm
A flake on the second pitch has broken off making the climb a bit easier. The flake was on the second pitch in the section described in SuperTopo as the "tricky 5.6 traverse left".

Previously, you could get some finger underclings under the flake as you reach across. A piece of the flake about 3x3 has broken off exposing the wider crack underneath making the traverse a little easier. A photo has been posted on the route photo section.

I've climbed this route several times over the past few years and the wide crack in this section may be getting wider. Going from memory, the crack seems wider than it was in the past. The coloration of rock within the crack also seems to indicate widening. If so, several large piece of rock on this section could be moving.



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crasic

climber
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   Jun 5, 2012 - 03:29pm
Did this route first weekend of June 2012.

Overall Impression: Loose rock, and a little run out in the variation I did. Deceptive, more difficult than other similarly rated climbs in the leap. Two stars, for the variation I did, but three stars if you follow the official topo, as the book says- follow it closely as its easy to go off route.

1st pitch: Easy climbing, basically exposed scrambling, easy to run out the first 5.2 section, but make sure to place something early or there is a long tumble waiting for you if you slip.

2nd pitch: Climb up from the belay and traversed left across on the obvious fissure. Traverse wasn't too complicated or scary. Watch out for rock marked with chalk x's, these will pull out. I accidentally missed the traverse back right to the second belay, ended up continuing up the 5.7 "face/stem variation" and traversing right underneath the small roof to belay on a ledge about 10m above the second belay station (about 5ft above the top of the stacked blocks and just underneath the giant blocks at the top). Would not recommend - very loose, hollow, and dirty rock, terrible placements, mostly small.

The alternative belay was good though, bomber placements. Makes pitch 3 rather simple and short, potentially a good variation to keep pitch 1 and 3 easy to train new leaders.

Pitch 3: Short and easy with this variation, top out belay from the tree at the top, easy peasy.
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ryanentwistle

Trad climber
American Canyon, CA
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   Apr 4, 2014 - 09:09pm
Much quicker/easier as 2-pitch, not much rope to spare with 60m rope, so use slings on gear to avoid drag. I managed to avoid the traverse left-right on 2nd pitch but only by going up the awkward 5.7 direct variation on smaller somewhat sketchy gear, so not sure I recommend it. I think this was my 2nd multi-pitch lead when I did it.
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labrat

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
Apr 11, 2014 - 02:05pm
 
"I managed to avoid the traverse left-right on 2nd pitch"

Why? That's the best part of this climb.
Erik
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Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Aug 25, 2003 - 08:04am
 
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Lover's Leap, Hogsback - Deception 5.6 - Lake Tahoe, California, USA. Click to Enlarge
The route as seen from Highway 50.
Photo: Chris McNamara
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