Sport climbing & Bouldering in Bishop, CA

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.

LOGISTICS:

* 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'. 

 

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  • Michael D.

    Did Josh, Tracey and Sara make it?

    April 23, 2013

    • denilou

      Tracey and her friend, Su-Yin drove up with David. Josh, Sara, Tony did not show or email. Sarah and Bianca changed their minds late Fri and decided they didn't want to drive that far, but Sarah was in touch with me and let me know. Oky was the only other person to show. Fortunately I ran into another friend and his partner so had someone to hook up with after Oky went home (he was prepared to stay another day until he knew I had other partners). We had fun, but turnout was definitely disappointing. I'll be pushing a LOT harder for firm commit and exact dates for the one in May.

      1 · April 24, 2013

  • David P.

    Awesome weekend Denise! Had such a great time. Looking forward to climbing with you again. :)

    1 · April 23, 2013

  • denilou

    For those who don't know the Pinions campsite, easiest is to find the turnoff to Gorge Road at the bottom of the grade after passing Tom's Place and Sherman crest. It's a left turn if coming south on 395, just at the bottom of the grade. For those heading north, if you start up the grade you've gone too far. Take Gorge Road to the first "T" and turn left. You'll go up a slight grade, then the road will turn left and loop back to the right going down a hill, then veer back left to parallel the gorge. Keep following the road past the first paved turn off (Lower Gorge approach), through an 'S' curve, past the dirt turn off to the Central Gorge approach, and continue north. After a sharp right turn, you'll reach an intersection. If you go straight it will dead-end at the North/Upper Gorge approach. Turn left and go 1.3 miles. Look for dirt road on left -- I'll try to pick a spot there. If not, there is another dirt turn off just past that one on the left, and several campsites there.

    April 17, 2013

    • denilou

      UPDATE -- I am camped off of the dirt turn to the RIGHT, not the first one on left (there were already at least 3 parties there). Right turn is just shortly after the left turn. After turning into dirt rd, look for 'GYCO' sign taped to a rock on the left at drive into a couple of sites. Room for 3-4 vehicles, tents here, and more sites directly across rd if they don't get snatched up; more along rd as you continue on.

      April 19, 2013

    • denilou

      If you arrive and I'm not here, my tent is blue Mt Hardwear, and I left a couple of camp chairs by the fire pit.

      April 19, 2013

  • Michael D.

    Hey guys. GYCO T-shirts are on sale now for $25. Get them while supplies last. We are only ordering 50 and thus far we have 20 orders. :) http://meetu.ps/P0bLP

    April 19, 2013

  • denilou

    Okay, so Tony lives in Bishop and Oky and David + friends will be driving up from So Cal. I will be leaving Thurs night, 4/18 -- still have room for 1 - 2 passengers. Ani driving over Fri eve with room for up to 3, needs to return Sun night.

    Tracey, Sara and Joshua: what are your travel plans? Let us know if you're driving, need a ride and arrival/departure dates.

    Helen: do you want to ride over with me on Thurs night and come back with Ani on Sun? Or are you holding out for a ride home on Mon?

    April 12, 2013

    • denilou

      Helen, are you still planning to go? Have you worked out a ride?

      April 17, 2013

    • Helen F.

      No, I don't think I can go anymore. I'm sorry :( I have to go to my parent's house this weekend. Have fun! Bummed to be missing this.

      April 18, 2013

  • Oky

    Hi Everyone,

    Just checking in - I will be leave LA on Friday afternoon and plan to climb sat, sun and monday. Maybe tues? Can't wait to meet everyone! Have a safe drive! See you all soon!

    1 · April 18, 2013

  • denilou

    I will be driving a white Nissan XTerra 4x4. Will go into town for dinner Friday eve. Mobile #:[masked] call or text

    1 · April 17, 2013

  • denilou

    So most of you all will be arriving Friday, climbing Sat - Sun. Is anyone else going to be ther and up for climbing or bouldering on Friday?

    April 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all, looks like i'm not going to be making it this weekend, something else came up which takes precedence. As i'm not committed to driving anybody, I don't think this will affect the group too much. Hope you all have fun!

    April 14, 2013

  • Andy

    Anyone hear going climbing 5.7 to 5.9 range ? If not I will drop as description says for 5.10 and above

    March 29, 2013

    • denilou

      Hi Andy, Are you comfortable leading well protected 5.7 - 5.9 sport? If so, I think you would have fun. There are several quality routes in the 5.7 - 5.9 range, just not as many as there are 5.10 - 5.11. And you'd be welcome to jump on toprope on a few 10's. If you'd be following 5.7 - 5.9, you're welcome to come, but you may find yourself waiting a while between routes.

      March 29, 2013

    • Bianca

      I'm going to be climbing in that range as well

      April 13, 2013

  • denilou

    Hi all, we're getting close.. Time to start working out carpooling and schedules. I am actually planning to leave town Thursday evening, 4/18, and will stay AT LEAST through Tues, 4/22; I can stay longer if others are interested.

    I will be driving an XTerra, so have room for 1 - 2 others plus gear.

    Who all is interested in leaving on Thurs and climbing Friday?

    I know a couple people (Ani, Helen, others?) need to head home Sunday or Monday. Can each of you indicate how long you are interested in staying, whether Sun, Mon, Tues or longer?

    Who all plans to drive, who has room for passengers, and who needs a ride?

    We can still fit a couple more people so if you know of anyone who might be on the fence, give them a nudge. :-)

    Conditions are looking pretty darn close to perfect.. can't wait!

    1 · April 6, 2013

    • denilou

      I'm happy to give you a ride over if you can find someone else coming back on Monday to ride home with.

      April 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      All, i'm looking to leave Friday after work and come back Sunday night. I can fit 3 other people + gear comfortably, 4 others + gear uncomfortably. If this works for anybody, let me know!

      April 10, 2013

  • David P.

    Driving up from LA with a friend or two; all self-sufficient climbers. Returning Sunday afternoon.

    1 · April 9, 2013

    • denilou

      So David, will you all be climbing on Friday, or just Sat/Sun?

      April 10, 2013

    • David P.

      Will be climbing Sat/Sun

      April 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    so looking forward to getting back out to the east side.

    April 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    +1

    April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can go until Sunday, anybody else heading back then?

    March 15, 2013

    • denilou

      Hi Ani, See message from Helen today (March 29). She's looking for Sunday or Monday return.

      March 29, 2013

  • Helen F.

    I'd love to go, but is anyone coming back Sunday or Monday that I can get a ride with?

    March 29, 2013

    • denilou

      Hi Helen, Ani posted a while back that he was looking for someone else to come back Sunday night. Maybe the two of you could work something out.

      March 29, 2013

  • Johnny

    somewhat unorthodox to a sport/bouldering trip but would anyone here be interested in doing some trad?

    March 29, 2013

    • Andy

      I would if it is at a 5.7-8 ish level .. Got a nice big rack etc. just dont climb at a higher level at this point

      March 29, 2013

  • Trish A.

    I'll be there all weekend, with a big crew of friends! Mostly bouldering though, but hope to see some of y'all out there. :)

    March 29, 2013

  • Gabriel H.

    this weekend not looking so great anymore

    March 29, 2013

  • Linda

    It turns out this is a bad time to take off work for me.

    March 27, 2013

  • Michael D.

    I am leading Yosemite

    March 15, 2013

    • denilou

      Will you come over after the Yosemite meetup? Drive up to Tahoe and down 395 and join us for Mon - Tues+ ? I actually have the whole week off, so may stay beyond Tues if there is enough interest and conditions are good.

      March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sadly, I must pull out. I've had an unexpected deluge of Aussie visitors invite themselves to my house over April, so I'll be doing the tour-guide thing around SF

    March 18, 2013

  • Peter

    Denise,
    Thanks for organizing this. Unfortunately I have been scheduled to give a training that weekend and will not be able to come. Look forward to meeting you and others on another outing as climbing season gets underway!

    March 14, 2013

  • denilou

    Yay! We're starting to get a good group lined up for this trip. I can't wait! Hope ya'll are as excited as I am.

    Peter is suggesting a day down at Alabama Hills while we're there. That's certainly a possibility for those who are interested if you're able to make it for a full 4+ days. It's a couple hours' drive south from Bishop, beautiful setting, easy access and rock similar to JTree.

    Sometime around mid/late March I will start polling people to confirm who all is going for sure, and start coordinating carpooling and details. In the meantime, if something changes and you know you won't be able to make it, please change your RSVP to open a space for someone else. Thanks!

    Gotta get busy training so I'm ready to send!!

    January 11, 2013

  • Oky

    I am coming from Long Beach.

    December 18, 2012

  • Peter

    I love getting over to the
    East side in the spring, maybe take an extra day and visit Alabama Hills too...

    December 17, 2012

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