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By adam brink
From Boulder, CO
Mar 3, 2011
Arlo in all his magnificence.

What are the best spots to boulder in the high Sierra in the summer time? I'm thinking late July. Where would you go?


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By Aerili
From Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 3, 2011
Get down from there! <br /> <br />May 2013 <br />Photo by Duc

Define "high."

No, really. High Sierra usually means alpine, typically well over 10,000 ft afaik. The little I have done, well, I rarely see pad people out there.

There are tons of bouldering areas around Mammoth Lakes, but that usually isn't considered High Sierra.


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By adam brink
From Boulder, CO
Mar 3, 2011
Arlo in all his magnificence.

Good clarifying question. I mean high enough that it's good conditions at the end of July. I just don't want to be greasing off of holds.


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By fossana
From Bishop, CA
Mar 3, 2011
downclimb off the First Flatiron <br />photo by TooTallTim

Tuolumne


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By Colin Brochard
From San Francisco
Mar 3, 2011

Tahoe is the shit, that time of year you might have to look for shade and aim for morning/evening sesh's. At 9 AM the boulders feel sticky as shit even that time of year.


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By mongoose
Mar 3, 2011

Tuolumne has great bouldering, in fact that whole area has amazing bouldering. you cant go wrong out there


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By Aerili
From Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 3, 2011
Get down from there! <br /> <br />May 2013 <br />Photo by Duc

So, although I don't boulder, you should definitely look around the Mammoth and June Lake areas.


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By Jacob Neathawk
From Nederland, CO
Mar 3, 2011

i bouldered at rock creek just north of bishop last august and it was really good. the rock was really high quality and the approach short. info can be found in the bishop bouldering guide


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By fossana
From Bishop, CA
Mar 4, 2011
downclimb off the First Flatiron <br />photo by TooTallTim

true High Sierra bouldering

secret high sierra boulder spot
secret high sierra boulder spot


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By adam brink
From Boulder, CO
Mar 4, 2011
Arlo in all his magnificence.

Keep it coming! All this is great info. Has anyone bouldered in the Whitney Portal area? I remember seeing some cool pics years ago of it.


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By Roots
From Tustin, CA
Mar 4, 2011

Boulders are everywhere in the Sierras..I think you'd have a hard time not having a fun, tiring visit.


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By Fat Dad
From Los Angeles, CA
Mar 4, 2011

Nice "secret" spot fossana. Just to bring everyone else in on the joke, it's the summit block of Thunderbolt Peak (14K ft. and change). Mandatory 5.9 with bad fall potential (and a tough evac).

The Deads also stay pretty cool. I've had good luck there on some hot days. Never been to the Druids Stones, but they're supposed to be substantially cooler than the Milks when it gets hot. fossana would likely know about that better than me. To be honest, even the Milks can be nice in the early evenings during the summer.

I think your whole alpine query is a little out of place since there hasn't been all the high altitute exploration in CA the same way you had in CO with places like Mt. Evans or RMNP. Someday maybe, just not yet.


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By splitclimber
Mar 4, 2011

TM, Whitney Portal, sabrina lake basin, way lakes out of Mammoth, sonora pass area,

and some info on deeper backcountry spots here
www.rockicemountain.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=761


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By adam brink
From Boulder, CO
Mar 4, 2011
Arlo in all his magnificence.

Where are The Deads? I've never heard of them. Thanks!


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By Fat Dad
From Los Angeles, CA
Mar 4, 2011

adam brink wrote:
Where are The Deads? I've never heard of them. Thanks!

www.mountainproject.com/v/california/sierra_eastside/june_la>>>

Actually, let me add that when I meant the Dead's, I meant the Deadman's Summit area, as well as the other volcanic areas nearby such as the Bachar Boulders, etc. That entire area is well described in the Mammoth Area Climbs by Marty Lewis.


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By fossana
From Bishop, CA
Mar 4, 2011
downclimb off the First Flatiron <br />photo by TooTallTim

Fat Dad wrote:
I think your whole alpine query is a little out of place since there hasn't been all the high altitute exploration in CA the same way you had in CO with places like Mt. Evans or RMNP. Someday maybe, just not yet.


You also can't drive to 13 or 14K in CA like you can in CO. A lot of the Mammoth areas mentioned are in the
Bishop Bouldering guide. It's a beautiful book, on par with Handren's Red Rocks guide. One of the authors, Wills, is pretty good about answering questions about local bouldering. You can reach him through here, but remember he's a Brit so 70F = blazing hot.


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By klk
Mar 7, 2011

The best known areas are those in Tuolumne and Mammoth. There's guides for both, although not comprehensive. I was never that much into Way Lake, but lots of folks love it. A lot of the developed areas in Tahoe tend to get pretty hot in summer.

I've bouldered pretty systematically at dozens areas in various drainages at 8k and higher for the last 25 years. But there's no guidebook and I hope there won't be one. Stacks of granite out there, so long as you're willing to walk.

Most of these areas require respectable hikes to approach, so mondo-padding is usually not an option. And the sun is hot even at 12k, so in high summer you have to plan to get up really early or else chase shade.


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By Tavis Ricksecker
From Bishop, ca
Mar 7, 2011
Church of the Lost and Found, Left. Summer 2013

Most of these have already been mentioned, but let's recap:

Whitney Portal (self exploration)
Lake Sabrina and North and South lakes, out of Bishop (self-exploration)
Rock Creek and the Sherwin Plateau (Bishop Bouldering)
Mammoth Lakes area (Way Lake, etc...) (Mammoth Area Rock Climbs)
June Lake and Deadman Summit areas (Mammoth Area Rock Climbs)
Tuolumne (Supertopo)
Tahoe (Supertopo)

Most of these areas are 7,000-10,000' elevation, so they are pretty climbable all summer. That said, it can still be hot.

The milks can be hot even after the sun starts setting behind the mountains, but they can also be climbable.


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By adam brink
From Boulder, CO
Mar 7, 2011
Arlo in all his magnificence.

Wow! I'm truly impressed! If I had started a post on something in Colorado it would have almost immediately broken down into a bunch of name calling and posturing. Instead, in this post I got a bunch of thoughtful replies and then even a summary of information at the end! That is some good service!

Another question: If I was to backpack into some backcountry places to boulder in the summer, what would they be? You don't have to give away all your secrets but maybe a good hint about the mother load that you found. Maybe just a lake name so that I have a reason to go hiking around. Thanks!


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By Fat Dad
From Los Angeles, CA
Mar 8, 2011

There was an article in Climbing mag a little while back about Shawn Diamond doing some stuff at Bearpaw Meadows. Long approach though.

There's got to be stuff around although I probably over looked it, checking out peaks.

I forgot to mention earlier that there's also some stuff in Rock Creek. Not huge, but looks nice.


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By Chad_N
From SEKI, CA
Mar 8, 2011
topping out on Hamilton Dome with the Angel Wings in the background

Fat Dad wrote:
There was an article in Climbing mag a little while back about Shawn Diamond doing some stuff at Bearpaw Meadows. Long approach though. There's got to be stuff around although I probably over looked it, checking out peaks. I forgot to mention earlier that there's also some stuff in Rock Creek. Not huge, but looks nice.



I remember that article and have spent a lot of time at Bearpaw. The approach is 13 miles and the boulders are closer to Lower Hamilton Lake. Some are off-trail and require some bushwackin´.

Not that much though. I take my shoes when Im in the area but I wouldn´t haul pads out there.

Tuolumne Meadows bouldering is fantastic as is the Tahoe area !!!


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By klk
Mar 8, 2011

adam brink wrote:
Another question: If I was to backpack into some backcountry places to boulder in the summer, what would they be? You don't have to give away all your secrets but maybe a good hint about the mother load that you found.


heh. good try.

one word of advice: there are at least three kinds of backcountry bouldering.

level one is basically roadside, like the best-known areas in tuolumne, and it could be anywhere aside from nicer summer conditions. most of these areas are well-known.

level two is the sort of area you can reach with an hour or two of easy hiking. chaos canyon in the rockies or the tank boulder in tuolumne or way lake are obvious examples. many of these are known destinations, other folks are likely to be nearby, if you have the energy to drag a pad, you can. if you blow it, you could probably crawl out w/o any embarrassing helicopter action.

level three is back-country bouldering in obscure areas or farther in. there's no point in bringing a pad, because if you're jumping off from height, you're doing it wrong. take a shorty rope, so you can throw it over a bloc or have someone sit on top. otherwise, hi-balls here mean soloing. even a sprained ankle could be serious. there's plenty of this kind of thing in the sierras-- it isn't all talus fields. but you can't approach it as another bouldering session.

a few hours with hiking guides, google earth, and occasional photos from backpacker trs, and you can be in business pretty quickly. stacks of it out there.


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