Let's get our climb on outside! PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE RSVP-ing.
WHEN: Extended weekend to Bishop and Eastern Sierras. Depart WED night, Oct 16, return Sun night, Oct 20 for 4 fabulous days on the East Side.
Please notify organizer when RSVP-ing if you plan to leave or return on a different date. Those leaving Wed or Thurs night and climbing at least a 1/2 day Sun before returning will be given priority in the event of a large waitlist.
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 depend on weather conditions, interests and skill levels. Assume at least 2 days at ORG.
WEATHER: Fall conditions are typically PERFECT in Bishop - warm but climbable in the sun, cool and crisp (perfect for sending but bring layers!) in the shade. One of the great things about ORG is that one side of the gorge is always in the shade, so you can choose sun or shade depending on temps. Temps tend to be a bit cooler than in Bishop (~2000 ft higher elevation, shade and cool breeze makes the difference).
It CAN also get chilly at night, and while unlikely, an early winter storm isn't unheard of, so expect summer conditions but be prepared for anything.
FEE: DROPPED; THOSE WHO HAVE PAID ALREADY WILL HAVE FEE REFUNDED
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) consistently, 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.
* For those driving from the Bay Area, 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. This assumes Tioga Pass Road remains open. An early winter storm could close the pass, in which case Hwy 50 to South Lake Tahoe and across 88/89 to 395 south is the best option at about 30 minutes longer drive time. We will cancel if there is an active winter storm that weekend.
* 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 big swings 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+ 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 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. Groceries if fixing meals at camp. I tend to eat dinner out in town, and you may want to be prepared to do that at least once or twice.
* 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 not to use PayPal to pay the $20 fee, contact me directly for info.
* I have removed the $20 fee, which was intended to ensure people were committed to going. IF your plans change, PLEASE update your RSVP and notify the organizer directly. No shows and late cancellations may be dropped from future events.