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Sierra Eastside 


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Description 

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. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Twin Lakes and Sawtooth Ridge.
Photo by Blitzo.


Getting There 

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
First winter snows on Bear Creek Spire at sunrise


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Sierra Eastside:
Hero Roof   V0 4     Boulder, 14'   Iron Man Area : Hero Roof Boulder
Heavenly Path   V1 5 PG13     Boulder, 25'   Central Happiness Area : Heavenly Path Boulder
Buttermilk Stem   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   Buttermilk Stem Area : Buttermilk Stem Boulder
Birthday Direct   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   Buttermilks Main : Birthday Boulders
Solarium   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Central Happiness Area : Solarium Boulder
Jedi Mind Tricks   V4 6B PG13     Boulder, 25'   Pollen Grains / Lidija Boul... : Jedi Boulder
Iron Man Traverse   V4 6B     Boulder   Iron Man Area : Iron Man Boulder
Serengeti   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Serengeti Area : Serengeti Boulder
Strength in Numbers (Original SIN)   V5 6C     Boulder, 20'   Sad Boulders : Strength in Numbers Area
The Hulk   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Central Happiness Area : Happy Boulder
Seven Spanish Angels (aka The Ruckus)   V6 7A     Boulder, 14'   Buttermilk Country : Get Carter Boulder
High Plains Drifter   V6-7 7A+     Boulder, 35'   Buttermilks Main : Drifter/Smoking Boulder
The Big Deal   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Scheelite Crags : PSOM Slab
Pratt's Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 165'   Sheelite Canyon / Pratt's C... : Pratt's Crack / Dihedrals A...
West Face   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 550'   Bishop Area : Cardinal Pinnacle
Sheila   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   Sheelite Canyon / Pratt's C... : Pratt's Crack / Dihedrals A...
Third Pillar, Regular Route   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 800'   Lee Vining Canyon and Tioga... : Dana Plateau
Show Us Your Tits   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Central Gorge : Emergency Room
Bony Fingers   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   Whitney Portal : The Whale
Looney Binge   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   Inner Gorge : Eldorado Roof
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Dubbed "The World's Shortest Highball", Atari Arete is one of the most aesthetic boulder problems on the east side of the Sierras (or anywhere) and offers an exciting finish. What starts off as a wide sloping bear-hug style arete, eventually becomes narrower and less secure. Most beta involves heel-hooking one side of the arete (generally the right side) as you squeeze the arete and pull off the ground. Keep your eye out for marginal foot smears as you pull off the ground and again higher up. Th...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Mono Craters. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Mono Craters.
Photo by Blitzo.
Lenticular over White Mountains. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Lenticular over White Mountains.
Photo by Blitzo.
Fall color-Sierra Eastside. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Fall color-Sierra Eastside.
Photo by Blitzo.
Sunrise cloud-belt on the Wheeler Crest, Bishop area
Sunrise cloud-belt on the Wheeler Crest, Bishop ar...
Buttermilk Country. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Buttermilk Country.
Photo by Blitzo.
Evan on the 35' west face of the Merlin Block near the Druid Stones - Bishop, CA.
Evan on the 35' west face of the Merlin Block near...
Twin Lakes and Sawtooth Ridge. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Twin Lakes and Sawtooth Ridge.
Photo by Blitzo.
The Sierra Crest, near Independence, California. <br /><a href='http://www.EarthworksImagery.com' target='_blank' rel='nofollow' >www.EarthworksImagery.com</a>
The Sierra Crest, near Independence, California.
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The ephemeral and mysterious Sierra Wave (Altocumulus lenticularis) from Horseshoe Meadows Rd
The ephemeral and mysterious Sierra Wave (Altocumu...
Sierra moonrise. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Sierra moonrise.
Photo by Blitzo.
Get Right With God Crack, 1980s. <br />Photo: Blitzo collection.
Get Right With God Crack, 1980s.
Photo: Blitzo col...
Mammoth Lakes Basin from the base of Crystal Crag
Mammoth Lakes Basin from the base of Crystal Crag ...
The enormous Mt. Tom, from the Sherwin Plateau.
The enormous Mt. Tom, from the Sherwin Plateau.
Red Mountain moonrise. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Red Mountain moonrise.
Photo by Blitzo.
Bodie- The wildest town in the west. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Bodie- The wildest town in the west.
Photo by Blit...
Eastern Sierra in early Spring.
Eastern Sierra in early Spring.
Sunset near Bishop. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Sunset near Bishop.
Photo by Blitzo.
Buttermilk Country. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Buttermilk Country.
Photo by Blitzo.
Bristlecone Pine in the White Mountains, Sierra Eastside
Bristlecone Pine in the White Mountains, Sierra Ea...
Elderberry Canyon and the Northeast Face of Mt. Tom
Elderberry Canyon and the Northeast Face of Mt. To...
Lone Pine Skyline
Lone Pine Skyline
Blazing Star. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Blazing Star.
Photo by Blitzo.
Sierra Eastside storm. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Sierra Eastside storm.
Photo by Blitzo.
Buttermilk Country. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Buttermilk Country.
Photo by Blitzo.
Nasty
Nasty
Spiders from Mars (5.10b) with the White Mountains in the distance, Benton Crags
Spiders from Mars (5.10b) with the White Mountains...
sunrise on first snow near Gould
sunrise on first snow near Gould
Big Bowls. Eastside White Mountain Peak.
Big Bowls. Eastside White Mountain Peak.
Eastside panorama. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Eastside panorama.
Photo by Blitzo.
Interesting topography East of Mono Lake, Eastern Sierras in background.
Interesting topography East of Mono Lake, Eastern ...
Lone Pine Peak, Whitney, and Mt. Russell, Sierra Eastside
BETA PHOTO: Lone Pine Peak, Whitney, and Mt. Russell, Sierra E...
Cardinal Pinnacle. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Cardinal Pinnacle.
Photo by Blitzo.
Scott Nomi on the immaculate Sheila (5.10a)
Scott Nomi on the immaculate Sheila (5.10a)
Mammillary clouds over the east side of the White Mountains, July 21st, 09.
Mammillary clouds over the east side of the White ...
Spring glaze on Mt. Humphreys, 13,986 ft, Bishop area
Spring glaze on Mt. Humphreys, 13,986 ft, Bishop a...
From 1927 to 2011....
From 1927 to 2011....
Mono Lake from 35,000ft.
Mono Lake from 35,000ft.
on the way to take a dip in some hot springs... paradise
on the way to take a dip in some hot springs... pa...
Mt. Williamson (14,389 ft.) rising over 10,000 feet from the valley floor
Mt. Williamson (14,389 ft.) rising over 10,000 fee...
Obsidian Dome, Sierra Eastside
Obsidian Dome, Sierra Eastside
Alabama Hills-Morning. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Alabama Hills-Morning.
Photo by Blitzo.
Owens Valley and Eastern Sierra from Bishop
Owens Valley and Eastern Sierra from Bishop
Alpenglow on the Sawtooth Ridge above Twin Lakes
Alpenglow on the Sawtooth Ridge above Twin Lakes
Mono Lake sunrise. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Mono Lake sunrise.
Photo by Blitzo.
Bouldering at Faultline. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Bouldering at Faultline.
Photo by Blitzo.
Basin and White Mountains, early Spring.
Basin and White Mountains, early Spring.
Spring comes to the East-Side. Desert Peach. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Spring comes to the East-Side. Desert Peach.
Photo...
Four foot long garter snake. This guy looked well fed. Black Birch Canyon.
Four foot long garter snake. This guy looked well ...
Bouldering at Deadman's Summit. Sierra Eastside.
Bouldering at Deadman's Summit. Sierra Eastside.
The passing of Fall, McGeeCreek. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
The passing of Fall, McGeeCreek.
Photo by Blitzo.
Volcanic pocket bouldering at Deadman's Summit. photo: Bob Horan Collection.
Volcanic pocket bouldering at Deadman's Summit. ph...
Local bands play at Mill Creek, Bishop. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Local bands play at Mill Creek, Bishop.
Photo by B...
Don't forget to zip your pack. A furry friend in the White Mountains.
Don't forget to zip your pack. A furry friend in t...
Mono Lake, early Spring.
Mono Lake, early Spring.
Alabama Hills-Cattle Pocket. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Alabama Hills-Cattle Pocket.
Photo by Blitzo.
Tulayno Lake: one of the highest lakes in the Sierras.  near Mt Russell
Tulayno Lake: one of the highest lakes in the Sier...
Fort Independence Casino and gas. Cheapest gas on the eastside. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Fort Independence Casino and gas. Cheapest gas on ...
Mono Craters, Sierra Eastside
Mono Craters, Sierra Eastside
Mono Lake-storm. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Mono Lake-storm.
Photo by Blitzo.
Try Mammoth Brewing IPA 395, brewed with juniper berries and sage. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Try Mammoth Brewing IPA 395, brewed with juniper b...
Basin Mountain from the Buttermilks, Sierra Eastside
Basin Mountain from the Buttermilks, Sierra Eastsi...
Storm-Alabama Hills. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Storm-Alabama Hills.
Photo by Blitzo.
Aspens in the snow. East side of the White Mountains. October 5th 2011.
Aspens in the snow. East side of the White Mountai...
Winnedumah Paiute Monument - route heads up the arete between the sun and shade on right.  5.6
Winnedumah Paiute Monument - route heads up the ar...
Whitecaps on Mono Lake on a very windy day.
Whitecaps on Mono Lake on a very windy day.
Manzanar guard tower and Mt. Williamson. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Manzanar guard tower and Mt. Williamson.
Photo by ...
Mono Lake tufa.
Mono Lake tufa.
Crystal Geyser Crags. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Crystal Geyser Crags.
Photo by Blitzo.
Sunset on the east side of White Mtn. Peak from my yard.
Sunset on the east side of White Mtn. Peak from my...
Get Right With God.
Get Right With God.
A narrow portion of road heading to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Sierra Eastside
A narrow portion of road heading to the Ancient Br...
Penstemon and White Mountain peak as viewed from the trail just north of Barcroft lab.
Penstemon and White Mountain peak as viewed from t...
Sierra Eastside
Sierra Eastside
Matt Grieger relaxes in a pullout overlooking Hwy-395 and Mt. Tom
Matt Grieger relaxes in a pullout overlooking Hwy-...
IRONMAN TRAVERSE/ V4
IRONMAN TRAVERSE/ V4
Dave at the Buttermkilks
Dave at the Buttermkilks
Clouds over Laurel Mountain, Sierra Eastside
Clouds over Laurel Mountain, Sierra Eastside
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