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Owens River Gorge and nearby areas - Bishop, CA

Let's get our climb on outside!  PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE RSVP-ing.

WHEN: Extended Labor Day weekend to Bishop and Eastern Sierras. Depart THURS night, Aug 29, return TUES, 9/03.

WHAT: Mostly sport climbing at Owens River Gorge (ORG), but with multiple nearby options to mix things up a bit, including sport and trad at Pine Creek Canyon, Rock Creek Canyon or Little Egypt, or a day of bouldering at the Happy Boulders or Buttermilks (all within 30 mins of ORG).

Conditions and group permitting, we may do our final day in Tuolumne or at one of the Mammoth areas (Clark's Canyon, Dike Wall, Crystal Crag, Mammoth Crest) as those are on the way home for those returning to the Bay Area.

Exact day-to-day plans will depend on weather conditions, who all is going, interests and skill levels.  Assume at least 2 days at ORG and at least 1 day elsewhere.  Also, 5 days' climbing in a row can be a bit much, so we may opt for a "rest" day on Sunday and go for a hike instead of climbing.

WEATHER: It is typically HOT in Bishop over Labor Day weekend, but don't let that deter you!  One of the great things about ORG is that one side of the gorge is always in the shade, so if you're smart about which walls you go to, you can stay out of the sun most of the day.  There's also a nice, cold river running through the bottom of the gorge if you really need to cool off.  It can be very climbable in ORG even when temps exceed 100 in Bishop (~2000 ft higher elevation, shade and cool breeze makes the difference).  If we happen to hit a real heat spell, we'll adjust plans and head to higher elevations near Mammoth.

Believe it or not, it CAN also get quite chilly at night, and while unlikely, an early winter storm isn't unheard of, so expect summer conditions but be prepared for anything.

 

WHO SHOULD COME:

* Solid 5.10 - 5. 11+ leaders will be in HEAVEN!  There is a reasonably good selection of 5.8 - 5.9 routes, and plenty in the 5.12 range, too, but not much at 5.7 or below.

* If you're leading in the gym, ORG is a GREAT place to do your first outdoor lead, or build on your lead skills.

* Routes at ORG, Pine Creek and Rock Creek must be led, so even if you are not a leader yourself, you MUST be comfortable lead belaying and catching lead falls. The final person on a route may need to untie at the anchors, clean the anchors and rappel.

* If you do not at least follow 5.10 (clean) on a regular basis, you won't have as many options and may not have as much fun.

If aren't sure if you have the requisite skills, such as being comfortable catching lead falls, cleaning anchors or rappelling, please contact me directly to discuss.  We may be able to fit you in, but I will want to make sure first that we have enough strong leaders in the group.

LOGISTICS:

* For those driving from the Bay Area, you take Hwy 120 through Yosemite to Lee Vining on the east side of the Sierras, then south on Hwy 395.  Total drive time 5-1/2 to 6 hrs.

* 4WD and high-clearance are NOT mandatory for ORG or most of the other areas, but they are nice to have; high clearance is necessary to make the approach to Clark's Canyon.

* Winter conditions are always a possibility over the pass so please be prepared with 4WD and/or chains.

* Camping: at the Pinyons site.  This is FREE, PRIMITIVE (no reservations, no facilities) camping on Forest Service land about 1-1/2 miles north of the North Gorge approach trail. The Pinyons site sits at about 6000 ft, so expect cooler temps at night.

* Supplies: Bishop (12 miles) and Mammoth (~30 miles) both have full-sized Vons grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, gas, and large outdoor gear stores for any climbing or camping gear you may have forgotten

 

WHAT TO BRING:

* COLD weather clothing, sleeping bag & tent for at night or in the event we choose to climb a day or two at higher elevations

* WARM weather clothing for in the sun.

* Layers -- even if it looks like hot T-shirt and shorts weather, it's best to bring at least a lightweight jacket or long-sleeve top into the gorge, and you'll definitely want that if we spend a day in Mammoth or Tuolumne :-) Be prepared for a big swing in temperatures.

* WATER, sunscreen, headlamp, hat, gloves, jacket, helmet, backpack, harness, shoes, chalk; NO water at campsite, but supplies in town

* Stove & cookware (optional) if planning to cook at camp; I typically go into town for dinners but do breakfast at camp

* Rope -- 70m best, 60m+ strongly recommended; with shorter ropes you need to pay very close attention to route lengths and whether or not you can safely reach the ground

* Quickdraws -- typical route at ORG requires 8 - 10 quickdraws plus 2 extras for the anchors

* Trad gear (optional) -- there are a small handful of crack climbs in ORG, most not worth doing, and a few routes with optional gear placements to supplement bolts. I will have a rack with me but seldom use it at ORG. Pine Creek, Rock Creek, Little Egypt and a couple other areas do require gear.

* Bouldering pad (optional) -- I don't own one, and boulder regularly, but I'll happily use someone else's if it's there :-)

* $$ -- no fee for camping, but it is a long drive so please plan to contribute to gas costs.  Also, I tend to eat dinner out in town, and you may want to be prepared to do that at least once or twice.

 

MISC:

* I will NOT be coordinating meals, other than negotiating restaurant destinations in town. If someone would like to volunteer to coordinate for those who prefer to prepare meals at camp, please let me know.

* Looking for a Co-Host volunteer.  Must be someone who can attend for the entire trip.

* If you prefer to use PayPal to pay the $20 fee, contact me directly for info.

* Anyone who has NOT paid the $20 fee will be placed on the Waitlist 2 weeks prior to the trip start date. Collected fees will go towards a group dinner at Whiskey Creek in town one evening.  Please plan to supplement that depending on what you order (i.e., if you order $25 worth of food and beverages, you'll still need to pay the extra $5 + tax and tip).

* I know plans change.  IF your plans change, PLEASE update your RSVP. If you do need to cancel, do so prior to Aug 22nd for a full refund of your $20 fee.  No shows and late cancellations will forfeit the $20.

 

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  • denilou

    Fun group, great climbing and a beautiful setting. Thanks all for coming!

    2 · September 3, 2013

    • Shannon W.

      Thanks Denise. This is one of my best climbing trips. Great job on organizing.

      1 · September 4, 2013

    • Don T.

      Thanks Denise. Really appreciated it all. Fun having the walking talking climbing beta from the ultimate ORG climber!

      September 4, 2013

  • Don T.

    Amazing number and variety of routes in a beautiful setting.

    September 4, 2013

  • CaroCaro

    If anybody got pics to share... post the link here?

    September 4, 2013

  • denilou

    DIRECTIONS TO PINIONS camping @ Owens River Gorge

    Take 108 over Sonora Pass (120 thru Yosemite is closed due to fire).
    Go south on Hwy 395 toward Bishop, through Bridgeport, Lee Vining and past June Lakes, Mammoth, Crowley and finally Tom's Place.
    About a mile or two past Tom's Place you'll start down a long, steep grade.
    Immediately at the bottom of the grade, turn left across the northbound lane and onto Owens Gorge Rd -- there is a sign for the turn to the right - for Paradise / Swall Meadows; there is no highway sign for Owens Gorge Rd to the left.

    Once on Owens Gorge Rd, go a half mile to a T and turn left
    Drive 5 - 6 miles until you come to a very sharp turn to the right -- not quite a U turn, but a sharp elbow. A little past that you reach an intersection. Turn left (if you go straight it dead-ends at the Upper / North Gorge approach)
    After the turn, go north another 3.1 miles. There is a dirt turn off on the left, and just past that a dirt turn to the right

    Denise

    August 30, 2013

    • denilou

      I drive a white XTerra, lic # 6VFG108

      August 30, 2013

    • denilou

      OOPS!!! From the turn north at the north gorge approach, it's 1.3 miles north, not 3.1 miles. If you reach the water tower / end of paved rd, you've gone too far. Sorry -- didn't mean to throw anyone off!

      August 30, 2013

  • denilou

    We will be doing dinner in town -- if you arrive by 7-ish, text for directions and come join us. Text to:[masked]

    August 30, 2013

  • denilou

    Hi all -- once you reach the Pinions, we are camped off the turnoff on to the RIGHT from the gorge rd. you can see my blue Mt Hardwear tent straight ahead when you turn onto the dirt rd. join us at that same turnout, or if nobody else there yet, grab a neighboring site (informal sites, no numbers, just pull offs from main dirt track)

    August 30, 2013

  • Tyana J.

    is there anyone leaving tomorrow morning or tonight after 5 and coming back Monday that could ride share with me? I have gas money and a apot in my tent if needed! text me,[masked]

    August 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just checking in to see if the folks who previously posted that they were interested in ride sharing have changed plans due to the fire and bridge closure. I'm car-less and in Oakland, but can meet at Pleasanton BART or wherever is convenient. My schedule is somewhat flexible, but I'm thinking three days with work and endurance constraints. Have parks pass, gas money, etc. Thanks!

    August 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry for the slow response--unfortunately,­ I now can't leave until tomorrow afternoon at the earliest. I'll see if one of the other cars has room. If not, next time!

      August 30, 2013

    • denilou

      Okay. Hope you can make it.

      August 30, 2013

  • denilou

    Barely any new movement on the fire -- so far looking good for Hwy 108 to remain open..

    August 29, 2013

  • denilou

    Hi all, checking in on who still needs rides or is looking for passengers

    I have Jason and Ruth driving together, leaving early Friday and returning Tues. Right?

    Ken, will you be able to give Tuan a ride?

    Don, are you still coming Saturday, staying to Mon? If Tuan gets a ride over with Ken, would you be able to give him a ride home if he wants to stay to Mon? (Ken is returning Sun night)

    Caro +1 - leaving Friday eve, returning Mon; do you have room for another passenger if needed?

    Helen, still planning to ride with me? Since most everyone else is leaving Friday and I've been working insane hours, I am going to wait and leave early Friday instead of trying to get out Thurs pm.

    Keith is already in Bishop, and we have a couple others who will probably meet us there, too.

    That leaves Teresa.. Teresa, I can fit one more, but I will be staying through Tues, so if you need to get home Mon eve, we'll need to see who can give you a ride home

    August 28, 2013

    • Don T.

      Hi All-I'm headed up as soon as I can after work saturday (7am). I imagine you'll be off the rocks, but I'd love some contact numbers so I can meet folks. yes I'd be happy to give Tuan a ride back Monday after we climb. My cell is[masked]

      August 29, 2013

    • denilou

      Hi Don, my mobile #:[masked]-2421. I'll text before we head out Saturday morning with where we're going to be that day and where/when to meet in the evening.

      August 29, 2013

  • CaroCaro

    As of right now, we're still a go. But if 108 is closed... there's a chance we might have to cancel. We'll be keeping an eye out and you guys posted.

    1 · August 28, 2013

    • denilou

      I just checked and it doesn't look like they've closed 120 through the park (yet), and the fire didn't grow as aggressively today, so I'm hopeful they get it under control enough in the next 24 hrs that 108 will remain open..

      August 28, 2013

  • Maureen O.

    Hi everyone,
    I am going to have to cancel, since I am only going for the weekend the drive is a minimum of 8 hours and possibly more with all the traffic being detoured...that too much for a weekend at Owens for me
    Hope to see you all soon!

    August 28, 2013

  • denilou

    Hi all, latest on the Rim Fire: Tioga Pass road through Tuolumne (Hwy 120) is being CLOSED tomorrow though the weekend for fire fighting purposes. Hwy 108, through Sonora, is currently the next best option, but that, too, may be subject too closure if the fire continues to grow and spread to the north.

    Best alternative after that is to go Hwy 50 to South Lake Tahoe and across to 395. Since this is a long weekend, I will NOT cancel the trip regardless, but if Sonora Pass does close, and the longer drive through South Lake Tahoe is more than you want to deal with, contact me directly and i will refund your fee if you decide to cancel.

    I WILL be going, even if it means going through Tahoe. I hope most of you will still be able to join me, but understand if this fire changes your plans.

    Denise

    August 27, 2013

  • Maureen O.

    I will only be able to come Friday through Monday as well, I can probably be there by noon on friday

    August 12, 2013

    • Ruth H.

      Hi Denise, hi Maureen, let's see how we can arrange it, but I agree that the Prius is too small for 4 and all the gear...

      August 23, 2013

    • Ruth H.

      Hi Denise, hi Maureen, Jason and I will come with Jason's car. We will leave SF on friday early morning and stay until tuesday.

      1 · August 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are we affected by the rim fire at all?

    August 26, 2013

    • denilou

      Potentially for the drive, will find our more

      August 27, 2013

  • Keith L.

    I think the 120 is currently closed through Yosemite. I'd probably check the CA DOT website in a day or two. It's not really that smoky in Bishop, at least not compared to the Aspen fire from a few weeks ago.

    August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just a reminder to all those traveling from SF that the bay bridge will be closed Aug 28-Sep 3, so plan accordingly!

    August 21, 2013

    • CaroCaro

      Aaarggh! Seriously? That's annoying. Thanks for the heads up.

      August 21, 2013

  • denilou

    Okay, I have Peter, Ken and Maureen all planning to go but not able to go for the entire time.

    Who IS planning to go for the ENTIRE 5 days? Leave Thurs night, return Tues night?

    And who all still needs rides or needs to arrange carpools?

    Also, for those who haven't ponied up the $20 fee yet, please do so by end of next week to confirm your spot.. I am going to send a new msg to the broader group letting people know there is still room to sign up.

    August 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      How do we send you money?

      August 21, 2013

  • Mike A.

    Denise and all, have an awesome time. So jealous. wish i was going but alas I will be doing boring stuff like shooting a film in the lush green hills of Yangshuo, trying to lead 5.12's on Moon Hill or The Egg or taking a bamboo raft into the caves past Moon Hill so I can climb in the deep caverns...yeah sigh :) Denise, let's do this Bishop trip on your birthday. Cake on me :)

    August 21, 2013

  • Ruth H.

    I spoke with Jason yesterday and we would like to leave friday early morning and stay until tuesday. Is anybody going at these times and has space for 2 people in the car?

    August 21, 2013

  • Don T.

    I will be leaving San Francisco about 7 am Saturday and return is flexible (Monday eve). Be happy to share a ride.

    August 20, 2013

  • Ruth H.

    HI all of you, I am very much looking forward to the trip to ORG and I am still planning to go. I theoretically can join for the whole time, however, I do not have a car and would be very happy to share a ride with somebody.

    August 19, 2013

  • CaroCaro

    Another one (well, me and my climbing partner) who could only make it Friday (eve) - Monday. Don't have a car so hoping to share a ride or we can all rent a car. Have always wanted to climb at ORG so looking forward to it.

    1 · August 16, 2013

    • denilou

      Hey Caro -- will be good to see you again! Did you RSVP? You plus 1?

      August 16, 2013

    • CaroCaro

      Still a strong maybe right now. Will know more next week.

      August 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    doctor's orders :(

    August 16, 2013

    • denilou

      Oh, that sucks. :-( Sorry you can't make it. Thanks for letting us know.

      August 16, 2013

  • Nicholas L.

    I'm getting roped into a family reunion back in Texas. I won't be able to make it to ORG. Have fun guys!

    August 14, 2013

    • denilou

      Bummer! Thanks for letting us know!

      August 14, 2013

  • Peter

    Can't do the entire trip, maybe Friday night return Monday

    August 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Peter, Nicholas, I'm in the same boat. Let me know if I could carpool with you guys

      August 11, 2013

    • Peter

      Great, I'm good with ride-sharing. Lets get in touch that week to confirm. I am in SF.

      August 13, 2013

  • Simon J.

    I cant make this now :( Something came up and I have to use my remaining vacation days for that. You guys have an awesome time.

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hurt my shoulder somehow so sadly have to bow out

    August 7, 2013

    • denilou

      Bummer! Thanks for letting me know.

      August 7, 2013

  • Sheryl

    Oh I just realized I will be in Canada over those dates. Sorry, I have to cancel!

    July 21, 2013

  • Mike A.

    Drats, I RSVPED before I looked at Date. Aaron and I will be in China Aug 22-Sept 4th. I will go to your next one for sure. Sept?

    July 15, 2013

    • denilou

      Don't know if I'll do another in Sept or not, but will do one mid-October.

      July 15, 2013

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