Let's get our climb on outside!
4+ ?? days on the east side of the Sierras, mixing it up with a bit of sport climbing in Owens River Gorge and a bit of bouldering at the Happy Boulders and/or Buttermilks. April usually offers excellent conditions -- cold at night, but the high desert sun warms things up nicely during the day.
Exact dates subject to change as we get closer, but I'll try to stick with first weekend after Tax Day. I'm suggesting a 4-day weekend (minimum), and may extend through the full week and return 4/28 if there's enough interest.
WHO SHOULD COME:
* Solid 5.10 - 5. 11+ leaders will be in HEAVEN... Plenty in the 5.12 range, too.
* If you're leading in the gym (regularly), ORG is a GREAT place to do your first outdoor lead, or build on your lead skills
* All routes must be led, so even if you are not a leader yourself, you MUST be comfortable lead belaying and catching lead falls (unless you only plan to go bouldering). You should also be comfortable rappelling.
* 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 you are still interested, please contact me directly to discuss. I am not opposed to novices coming, but this will NOT be a "guided" trip, so I'll want to know that you'll have a partner who is willing to lead for you, for instance.
* Long drive with possible winter conditions, so you'll need 4WD and/or chains and be comfortable driving mountain roads in the winter. Not likely to have snow once we get to Bishop, but very likely coming through South Lake Tahoe and south on Hwy 395.
* Camping: at the Pinyons site, which 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 if it's unusually cold, we may opt for another campground at a lower elevation, or even grab hotel rooms in town. I do generally go into town in the evenings for dinner, clean restrooms, & to stock up on groceries, etc.
* 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 (or if you just need an excuse to spend your tax refund..)
WHAT TO BRING:
* COLD weather clothing, sleeping bag & tent for at night
* Layers, including WARM weather clothing for in the sun :-) Be prepared for temps ranging between 20s - 80s.
* Sunscreen, headlamp, hat, gloves, jacket, helmet, backpack, harness, shoes, chalk
* Stove & cookware (optional) if planning to cook at camp; I typically go into town for dinners but will 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 the gorge, but most not worth doing, and a few routes with optional gear placements to supplement bolts. I will have a small rack with me but seldom use it there. There ARE other climbing areas in the vicinity, though, so crack hounds are welcome to strike out on their own for a day if you like..
* Bouldering pad (optional) -- I don't own one, and boulder regularly, but I'll happily use someone else's if it's there :-)
For those who are also skiers/boarders, April conditions at Mammoth also tend to be pretty darn sweet... just sayin'.
As a reminder, please read again the GYCO helmet policy and liability waiver:
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