Just putting an idea out here... between Christmas and New Years I'm planning on climbing down in the Bishop area and Alabama Hills. Hot springs along the way. Want to join us? Desert camping nights are puffy-jacket-cold, but you can climb in a t-shirt during most of the day.
I'm driving down from the Bay Area via Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe. Various transportation options can be explored for this cooperative trip (see below). We could meet up in Carson City, NV and pick up groceries at Trader Joe's (12/27, afternoon).
12/28: Bouldering around Bishop - Happy Boulders, Buttermilks, etc.
12/29 and 12/30 (etc.?): Climbing beautiful sport routes in Alabama Hills with Mt. Whitney as our backdrop. Near the town of Lone Pine, CA, the scenic granite and Eastern Sierras have been used for filming tons of movies -- cowboy westerns, sci-fi, etc. http://www.mountainproject.com/v/alabama-hills/105876822http://www.mountainproject.com/v/alabama-hills/105876822
Some Potential Transportation Options:
-If driving south from Portland (12/26 or 12/27) to southern Oregon or north California. Maybe camp at Castle Crags State Park... impressive towering rocks, right off I-5.
Next day (12/27?), drive southeast across the Sierras. Wave hello to Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen on your way to Reno. Potentially meet up with anybody flying into Reno. Rendezvous and groceries in Carson City. Then head south down US-395 towards Bishop. Camp at Benton Hot Springs - the nicest, cleanest geothermal desert hot tubs I've ever seen.
-You could also fly in/out of Reno and rent a car to drive 4 hrs. down to Bishop. Flying to Las Vegas could be cheaper, 5 hrs. drive to Bishop.
-If you happen to be in the Bay Area or Sacramento beforehand, I could carpool. I'll be headed back up that way on New Years Eve.
-Potential to drive from southern California too.