Lovin’ the Leap

Lover’s Leap – Lake Tahoe, Ca.  Surrealistic Pillar Direct (10b, 1 pitch) into Surrealistic Pillar (5.7, 2 pitches, Trad) into Traveler Buttress (5.9, 4 pitches, Trad) Lover’s Leap was not on the original itinerary; however, itineraries are a mere outline for road trips and should never be considered etched in stone. Queue tires screeching and [...]

Lover’s Leap – Lake Tahoe, Ca. 
Surrealistic Pillar Direct (10b, 1 pitch) into Surrealistic Pillar (5.7, 2 pitches, Trad) into Traveler Buttress (5.9, 4 pitches, Trad)

Profile of Traveler Buttress P1, P2, and P3 at Lover's Leap - Thrillseekers AnonymousLover’s Leap was not on the original itinerary; however, itineraries are a mere outline for road trips and should never be considered etched in stone. Queue tires screeching and cell phone web browsing for route beta!

The climbing at Lover’s Leap was spectacular, with Surrealistic Pillar Direct and the first three pitches of Traveler Buttress being our favorites. It became quite obvious why Traveler Buttress is regarded a “50 classics” climb. Each pitch was very unique, from the bouldering style start up a serrated style crack of P1 to the awkward offwidth crack (umm, wear your offwidth pants) leading to amazing hands on P2 to the extremely exposed arête on P3.

We could have easily spent another day climbing in the Leap, but our bodies were in need of a rest day.

Offwidth P2 of Traveler Buttress at Lover's Leap - Thrillseekers Anonymous Airy Arete P3 of Traveler Buttress at Lover's Leap - Thrillseekers Anonymous

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Ilana is a native of Southern California. She is an accomplished rock and ice climber and is the brains behind Thrillseekers Anonymous. Currently residing in Colorado, she is a Registered Surgical/Trauma Nurse, who can be found leading her own adventures on days off. Ilana is a sponsored athlete with GoMacro, WoolX, and an Arcteryx Denver ambassador. She has been featured in various media outlets including the February 2015 issue of ‘Climbing’ magazine, December 2013 issue of ‘Rock and Ice’ magazine, December/January 2013 issue of ‘Gripped Climbing’ magazine, Canyoneering: A Guide to Techniques for Wet and Dry Canyons (How To Climb Series) by Dave Black and Pasadena Magazine as well as a Climbing Expert on MTV’s Parental Control (Season 7 – “Heather”).

Ilana has written 111 articles for Thrillseekers Anonymous.

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