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Bridge Crag 2 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Buttermilk Country 42 / 9 / 6 / 309 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 360
Cardinal Pinnacle 13 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Druid Stones 0 / 0 / 0 / 127 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 127
Elderberry Canyon 3 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Hurd Lake Bouldering 0 / 0 / 0 / 20 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 20 / 20
Little Egypt 23 / 24 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 42
Lower Rock Creek Wall 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Mountain Light Wall 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Owens River Gorge 71 / 513 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 580
Parcher's Bluff 5 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Pine Creek Canyon 135 / 177 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 297
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 / 680 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 683
Wheeler Crest 19 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 20 / 20
Wild Rose Buttress 4 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5

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? 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


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.


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Classic Climbing Routes at Bishop Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5
Buttermilk Stem
Boulder
V1 5 PG13
Heavenly Path
Boulder
V2 5+
The Hunk
Boulder
V4 6B
Iron Man Traverse
Boulder
V4 6B PG13
Jedi Mind Tricks
Boulder
V6 7A
The Hulk
Boulder
V6 7A
Seven Spanish Angels (aka The Ruckus)
Boulder
V7 7A+
High Plains Drifter
Boulder
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Pratt's Crack
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
West Face
Trad 4 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Sheila
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Gorgeous
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Sendero Luminoso
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Hardly Wallbanger
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Expressway
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Buttermilk Stem Buttermilk Country > … > Buttermilk Stem Area > Buttermilk Stem Boulder V1 5 Boulder
Heavenly Path Volcanic Tablelan… > … > Central Happiness… > Heavenly Path Boulder V1 5 PG13 Boulder
The Hunk Buttermilk Country > Buttermilks Main > Hunk V2 5+ Boulder
Iron Man Traverse Buttermilk Country > … > Iron Man Area > Iron Man Boulder V4 6B Boulder
Jedi Mind Tricks Buttermilk Country > Pollen Grains / L… > Jedi Boulder V4 6B PG13 Boulder
The Hulk Volcanic Tablelan… > … > Central Happiness… > Happy Boulder V6 7A Boulder
Seven Spanish Angels (aka T… Buttermilk Country > Get Carter Boulder V6 7A Boulder
High Plains Drifter Buttermilk Country > Buttermilks Main > Drifter/Smoking Boulder V7 7A+ Boulder
Pratt's Crack Pine Creek Canyon > Scheelite Canyon… > Pratt's Crack / Dihedrals Area 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
West Face Cardinal Pinnacle 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 4 pitches
Sheila Pine Creek Canyon > Scheelite Canyon… > Pratt's Crack / Dihedrals Area 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad
Gorgeous Owens River Gorge > Upper Gorge > Gorgeous Towers 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Sendero Luminoso Owens River Gorge > Central Gorge > Solarium 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R Sport
Hardly Wallbanger Owens River Gorge > Central Gorge > Pub Wall 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Expressway Owens River Gorge > Central Gorge > Social Platform 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
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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
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
what are the weather conditions like in early June? is it too hot to climb here? Jan 13, 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
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
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
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
shanejcollins Collins   Washington
vimeo.com/117763314 Jan 26, 2015
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
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
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
C Miller   CA  
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AWinters   NH  
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! Oct 11, 2011
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

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