Bear's Reach

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Bear's Reach
Location Lake Tahoe, California, United States
Coordinates 38°47′58″N 120°08′06″W / 38.79940°N 120.135°W / 38.79940; -120.135
Climbing Area Lover's Leap, East Wall
Route Type Trad
Vertical Gain 400 feet (120 m)
Pitches 3
Grade 5.7 (5a)
First ascent Phil Berry & Robin Linnett, 1956.[1]
Fastest Ascent Alex Honnold 00:04:15.

The Bear's Reach is a technical rock climbing route on Lover's Leap near Lake Tahoe, CA.[2] Considered a classic for its grade, it includes both face and crack climbing. The route is named for the crux of the second pitch, a long reach between two large holds. The route is best known in popular culture through viral video featuring Dan Osman speed climbing the route in 4 min 25 sec, and completing a famous ropeless double dyno between two holds.[3][4] The video was featured in Masters of Stone IV, 1997.

This mark was bettered when Alex Honnold completed it in 4:15.[5][6]


  1. ^ California Climber, Issue 12, Tales from the Leap, Dean Flemming
  2. ^ South Lake Tahoe Climbing, by Chris McNamara, Supertopo LLC, 1st Edition, March 2004 ISBN 0-9672391-7-6
  3. ^ Julie Ellison. "The Peanut Gallery: The 50 Greatest Climbing Achievements...By Americans in the Last 25 Years". Climbing Magazine. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  4. ^ Dan Osman- Lover's Leap This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Eric Perlman Productions.
  5. ^ "Alex Honnold Breaks Dan Osman's Lover's Leap Record in "Classic" Fashion". Outside Online. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "Alex Honnold interview after Dan Osman speed solo tribute on Bear's Reach". Retrieved March 17, 2018.

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