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Make this area a Favorite
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
Submitted By: LeeAB on Jan 10, 2009
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.
Submitted By: Clay Zamperini on Jul 16, 2011
| || |Buttermilks afternoon
Submitted By: Adam Winters on Oct 24, 2012
1,483 Total Routes
['4 Stars',161],['3 Stars',517],['2 Stars',500],['1 Star',264],['Bomb',12]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Bishop Area:
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Timeless 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b CA
: Sierra Eastside
: ... : Warning Signs
Tricky, technical, and fairly sustained. In sum, a much better route than the eponymous and more popular cousin to the North. My partner and I identified different cruxes, neither of which is featured in Marty's book.Exercise care around the 6th & 7th bolts, where a fall + slack and/or inattentive belayer could deck the leader on the pillar left of the route. Next time I'd have a piece (orange or red TCU?) for the bottom of the crack.Exercise caution using a 60 meter rope; the belaye...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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|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!