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Leapin' Lizards 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Ed Keefe and Ryan Bello, 1990
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Submitted By: John Knight on Apr 1, 2004

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Leapin' Lizards is either a start variation to Spring Route or a separate route. Option #1 - Clip the lower bolts, then head left onto Spring Route to clip the stray, off route bolt way to the left (use a looong sling) then go either straight up (bold!) or work your way right of the arete to the anchors under the roof. Option #2 - Go up the thin seam (use a small wired), clip the lower Lizard bolts, then go straight up to the new finish right of Spring. Use small gear & more draws to head up over the roof to the right. Once over the roof, work your way right to the anchors 25' above on the right. There are several good climbs that can be top roped from these upper anchors.

Grade Comments: The book gives Leapin' Lizards (Option #1) a 5.8 rating. I disagree. I think it's pretty solid 5.9. Maybe if you wire the moves, it eventually feels 5.8, but I doubt it. Please climb it and confirm for me! Option #2 is 5.9 or possibly 5.10a. The roof move feels hard, but is well protected.

To find the climb, ascend the fourth class notch to Spring Route (small amount of water dripping out of crack in the rock), then look for the bolts just right of the spring. The first set of bolts is Dyno Dogs (5.10a) and the 2nd is Lizards. A couple other climbs in the 5.10 to 5.11 range can be found uphill and to the right that are worth checking out.


Bring draws, small gear, and slings for the anchor chains.

[ed. note: 4/04 - two ¼” buttonhead bolts replaced in same holes w/12mm SS Fixe ASCA bolts.

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By Jordan Collins
From: South Lake Tahoe
Jun 6, 2014

I dont really now what I did today but I started on leapin lizards placed like a #3 stopper in the thin crack clipped 2 bolts. moved up and over the bulge to the right. kept moving right and clipped about 4 more bolts on a pretty dirty but fun sidepull layback section. Whats up is this a route. or am i just a confused bystander. the last 4 bolts were killer climbing.
By Eric "Pig" Varley
From: Nipomo, CA
Sep 3, 2015

I led this route yesterday. I'm not sure if I missed something, or if it is actually supposed to be super run out (ground fall potential). The plus side is that it's super easy through the run out section. Anyone have any beta on additional protection between bolts 2 and 3?

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