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Bishop is blessed with perfect climbing conditions. Not only is the climate perfect for climbing with only 6" average annual rainfall, and over 300 days sunshine, the crags and boulders that surround the town are world class.
The Owens River Gorge (ORG) has hundreds of top quality sport routes, and the Happy and Buttermilks bouldering venues both have world class problems. Each of the areas have distinct characteristics, the ORG has long pumpy routes, the Happy Boulders have fun boulders that suit strong fingers and flexibility, while the Buttermilks offer fine technical challenges that reward good technique and hard callouses in one of the most scenic settings in the country.
There are many more areas than these mentioned to go climb at - just as well the weather won't let you down - 'cause you'll be busy.
In the summer months when the valley is hot there are always the higher elevations of the Mammoth and June areas no further than 1 hour away, or you can cool off with a float down the Owens River, just east of Bishop.
Need a guidebook? Tape? Chalk? Check out Wilson's Eastside Sports on Main St., downtown Bishop for all your outdoorsy needs.
-For sport and trad climbing: "Bishop Area Rock Climbs", by Peter Croft and Marty Lewis
-For bouldering: "Bishop Bouldering", by Wills Young and Mick Ryan
| || Unknown climber getting to grips with the last hold before the throw on Stained Glass |
| || Photo by Micah Bryan Humphrey |
Bishop is located on US 395, about 4 hours North of Los Angeles and about 4 hours South of Reno.
It is a drive no matter where you come from, but one well worth making.
| || Camping out at The Pit. Can't say I've been to many campgrounds with better scenery than this one. |
| || Buttermilks afternoon |
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Bazooka Country 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a CA
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Classic Owen's pumpy edge pulling. Start out by bearhugging small flakes and edges. The crux comes at the 4th bolt and is a balancy yet powerful move leading to a good horizontal. At this point the route used to go straight up but a key hold has broken. You can still go straight up but most people move right, do a long reach and come back left to the jugs. After a good shake on a huge sidepull, pull edges to the top. Pumpy, long and fun....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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Wilson's Eastside Sports, Bishop
|By Caleb Hansen|
From: Rapid City
Oct 9, 2011
Looking to camp at the Pit in February. Is it a first come first served type of site, can you reserve a spot, will it be crowded during the first two weeks of february? Thanks for any info.
|By Adam Winters|
From: the Shire
Oct 11, 2011
It is 1st come 1st served. I wouldn't expect it to be too crazy in Feb, but it really doesn't matter because if it is there are many other places to camp, and better places. Have fun!
|By Matthew Larsen|
From: Bishop, CA
Mar 13, 2013
Looking for a house to rent in Bishop. My wife and I have two older dogs. We prefer not to pay over $1,000. I have full time employment. Thanks in advance. Willing to rent room if someone is ok with a married couple. Climbers and cookers!
|By Sean P. Sullivan|
From: Grover Beach, California
Feb 9, 2014
Heading to Bishop for my first time in a couple months, does anyone know of some decent places to camp for free? Willing to drive a bit if needed. Any info would be a huge help.