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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.
The Eastside offers an almost incomprehensible amount of clean, climbable rock, including sport climbing at Owens River Gorge
and Clark Canyon
, bouldering in the Buttermilks
and Happy Boulders
, and alpine climbing on 14,000' granite peaks. On rest days, soak your sore muscles and relax in the numerous natural hot springs... could this be paradise??
Twin Lakes and Sawtooth Ridge.
Photo by Blitzo.
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.
First winter snows on Bear Creek Spire at sunrise
Weather station 4.9 miles from here
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['4 Stars',263],['3 Stars',1115],['2 Stars',1196],['1 Star',777],['Bomb',27]
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Melts in your Mouth 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b CA
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Yet another must do line at this crag, this sits just right of Escapade (5.11a) and serves as a good warm-up for that route and the neighboring Thumbs Up (5.11c). Climbs a super fun vertical face to bulge on good holds right of Escapade and ends somwhat uneventfully as it lacks the dicey slab finish of it's neighbors. One of the better climbs of it's grade in the Gorge....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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