Where the high desert meets the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada. It's home to the mighty and expansive Owens Valley, the deepest in the lower 48, and one of the only known super volcanoes on the planet: The Long Valley Caldera, just south of Mammoth. The vistas are astounding, the weather is prime and the climbing is even better.
From Los Angeles, head north on Hwy 14 through the desert towns of Palmdale, Lancaster, and Mojave to join Hwy 395. The scenic 395 parallels the eastern Sierra through the Owens Valley from the L.A. basin to Reno. Lone Pine is the first "major" town (pop. 1,655) en route, and is the jumping off point for Mt. Whitney and other popular destinations in the John Muir Wilderness (see High Sierra section). 60 miles north is the town of Bishop (pop. 3,575). Bishop was home of the late, renowned climber/photographer Galen Rowell, who, along with his wife Barbara, was killed August 11, 2002 in a small plane crash outside town. Rowell's gallery, the Mountain Light, is located at 106 South Main Street in downtown Bishop.
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Wild Will's Arete 5.8 CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Area 13 - Left Side
A bit of face climbing leads up to the arete. Follow the arete up past an intermediate anchor, a corner and finally up the exposed upper arete. Long and fun. Can be done in two pitches or rappel in two rappels if you don't have a 70m rope....[more] Browse More Classics in CA