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Areas in Bishop Area

Billy's Pillar 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Bitterbrush Campground 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Bridge Crag 2 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Buttermilk Country 44 / 9 / 6 / 395 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10 / 448
Cardinal Pinnacle 16 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
Druid Stones 0 / 0 / 0 / 142 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 142
Elderberry Canyon 3 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Hurd Lake 0 / 0 / 2 / 20 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 22 / 22
Little Egypt 24 / 24 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 43
Lower Rock Creek Wall 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Mountain Light Wall 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Owens River Gorge 71 / 572 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 638
Parcher's Bluff 5 / 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Pine Creek Canyon 138 / 198 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 322
Sabrina Basin Bouldering 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Stronghold, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
Volcanic Tablelands (Happy/Sad Boulders) 3 / 0 / 3 / 695 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 698
Wheeler Crest 29 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 31 / 31
Wild Rose Buttress 6 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7

Description

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? See here mountainproject.com/books/1…

Tape? Chalk? Check out Wilson's Eastside Sports on Main St., downtown Bishop for all your outdoorsy needs.
 
Unknown climber getting to grips with the last hold before the throw on Stained Glass
Photo by Micah Bryan Humphrey

Getting There

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.
Buttermilks afternoon

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Classic Climbing Routes at Bishop Area

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V1 5 PG13
 376
Heavenly Path
Boulder
V2 5+
 161
The Hunk
Boulder
V4 6B PG13
 107
Jedi Mind Tricks
Boulder
V5 6C
 94
Strength in Numbers (Original SIN)
Boulder
V6 7A
 189
The Hulk
Boulder
V6 7A
 149
Seven Spanish Angels (aka The Ru…
Boulder
V7 7A+
 158
High Plains Drifter
Boulder
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 87
Southwest Arete
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 107
Pratt's Crack
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 216
West Face
Trad 4 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 207
Sheila
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 98
Pick Pocket
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 96
O.R.G.asam
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 105
Grindrite
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 93
From Chocolate to Morphine
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Heavenly Path Volcanic Tablel… > … > Central Happine… > Heavenly Path Boulder
 376
V1 5 PG13 Boulder
The Hunk Buttermilk Country > Buttermilks Main > Hunk
 161
V2 5+ Boulder
Jedi Mind Tricks Buttermilk Country > Pollen Grains /… > Jedi Boulder
 107
V4 6B PG13 Boulder
Strength in Numbers (Origin… Volcanic Tablel… > Sad Boulders > Strength in Numbers Area
 94
V5 6C Boulder
The Hulk Volcanic Tablel… > … > Central Happine… > Happy Boulder
 189
V6 7A Boulder
Seven Spanish Angels (aka T… Buttermilk Country > Get Carter Boulder
 149
V6 7A Boulder
High Plains Drifter Buttermilk Country > Buttermilks Main > Drifter/Smoking Boulder
 158
V7 7A+ Boulder
Southwest Arete Buttermilk Country > … > Peabody Boulders > Grandma Peabody Boulder
 87
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Pratt's Crack Pine Creek Canyon > Scheelite Canyo… > Pratt's Crack / Dihed…
 107
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
West Face Cardinal Pinnacle
 216
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 4 pitches
Sheila Pine Creek Canyon > Scheelite Canyo… > Pratt's Crack / Dihed…
 207
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad
Pick Pocket Owens River Gorge > Upper Gorge > Holy Trinity
 98
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
O.R.G.asam Owens River Gorge > Upper Gorge > Dihedrals
 96
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Grindrite Owens River Gorge > Upper Gorge > Gotham City
 105
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
From Chocolate to Morphine Owens River Gorge > Central Gorge > Faulty Tower
 93
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
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Caleb Hansen
Rapid City
Caleb Hansen   Rapid City
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. Oct 9, 2011
C Miller   CA  
vimeo.com/47247127 Dec 2, 2012
Matthew Larsen
Bishop, CA
Matthew Larsen   Bishop, CA
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! Mar 13, 2013
Sean P. Sullivan
Clovis, Ca
Sean P. Sullivan   Clovis, Ca
Heading to Bishop for my first time in a couple months, does anyone know of some decent places to camp for free? Willing to drive a bit if needed. Any info would be a huge help. Feb 9, 2014
Euan Cameron
Mammoth Lakes
Euan Cameron   Mammoth Lakes  
You can try The Pit, not free but at $2 a night it may as well be.

blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/bishop/…

Other than that there is lots of BLM land that you can use, but to help protect the local environment think first about using an established campground. Feb 9, 2014
Shane Collins
Washington
Shane Collins   Washington
vimeo.com/117763314 Jan 26, 2015
Hi All,
A fourth year of severe drought continues to turn the Eastern Sierras into a tinder box. I respectfully ask your consideration of the following as you enjoy the area, especially the Buttermilks:

1. Please please reconsider your use of campfires AND campstoves. I am fortunate to be able to use the Buttermilks for a lot of recreation (running mostly) on a regular basis, and it is disheartening to come upon abandoned fire rings that have NOT been adequately suffocated out. I have found fire-rings abandoned and still smoking on windy days; fires have been started in the Buttermilks as a result of this kind of carelessness.

2. With respect to request #1, please instead consider driving into town for your meals and morning coffee and to support the local establishments.

3. With respect to request #2, please slow down on Buttermilk Road. This road is used frequently by runners, MTB-ers, and people out with their dogs and kids. By slowing down from 50mph to 30mph you add roughly 2 minutes to your drive. The mountains aren't going anywhere.

Thanks much for your consideration and enjoy your time here! Feb 20, 2015
Gina E  
If anyone is looking for beta on camping, showers, filling up water, etc. in Bishop, here is some information: sinkerjams.com/2015/11/30/a… Dec 5, 2015
Troy Fauteux
Henniker NH
Troy Fauteux   Henniker NH
Is February a good time to rock climb at bishop? I live in New Hampshire and wanted to know if the climbing would be good or if snow is an issue? I heard you need chains on your tires to get there in the winter. Its a far drive so accurate info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Jan 12, 2016
Euan Cameron
Mammoth Lakes
Euan Cameron   Mammoth Lakes  
Feb is a great time to visit. To be honest any time of the year is good, but Feb will have great conditions for bouldering and the gorge will be in good shape for sport routes. High sierra routes will be in full winter conditions so take that into account.

Getting around Bishop and the owens valley is no issue. If you head up north to Mammoth and beyond you may need to have chains, but storms generally blow through in a day or two and after that roads are clear.

Heading up from south? If so no issue. Jan 13, 2016
what are the weather conditions like in early June? is it too hot to climb here? Jan 13, 2016
Nick Crews
Colorado Springs
Nick Crews   Colorado Springs
Will Pine Creek Canyon or any other trad areas be climbable in mid-March? Or should we just stick to sport climbing in the gorge? Mar 3, 2016
Vlad S  
People climb at Pine Creek in the winter. It just depends on temperature. Expect a bit of snow here and there, but nothing major. Little Egypt is definitely climbable unless the weather is stormy. Mar 3, 2016
Hello

I will be going to Bishop for my first time in several weeks. I boulder V0 to V2 on a good day while my buddy climbs up to V5/V6. Any recommendations as to which areas have a good concentration of problems that will suit both of us at the same time?

Any beta is appreciated. Thanks Apr 11, 2018
Euan Cameron
Mammoth Lakes
Euan Cameron   Mammoth Lakes  
Probably better to post this sort of comment as a question in the Northern California forum. There are plenty of places that have numerous problems of all grades. Perhaps the best place to start are the Happy Boulders, as there is plenty for everyone. If the weather gets too warm think about heading up to any of the areas on Sherwin Plateau. Apr 11, 2018
What route is the second picture (the climber on the overhang) captioned "Photo by Micah Bryan Humphrey" Oct 29, 2018
Russ Walling
www.FishProducts.com
Russ Walling   www.FishProducts.com
Chris Lewis: What route is the second picture (the climber on the overhang) captioned "Photo by Micah Bryan Humphrey"

Enterprise in the Owens River Gorge

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