Elevation: 4,141 ft
GPS: 37.361, -118.395 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Euan Cameron on Nov 18, 2007 with improvements by Joshua Reinig
Admins: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
Access Issue: Covid-19 Access Restrictions Details

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

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V2 5+
 226
The Hunk
Boulder
V4 6B PG13
 137
Jedi Mind Tricks
Boulder
V5 6C
 84
Leary/Bard Arete
Boulder
V5 6C
 128
Strength in Numbers (Original SIN)
Boulder
V6 7A
 90
Saigon
Boulder
V6 7A
 207
Seven Spanish Angels (aka The Ru…
Boulder
V7 7A+
 204
High Plains Drifter
Boulder
V9 7C
 100
Soul Slinger
Boulder
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 113
Southwest Arete
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 137
Pratt's Crack
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 265
West Face
Trad 4 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 255
Sheila
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 123
O.R.G.asam
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 141
Grindrite
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 120
From Chocolate to Morphine
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Hunk Buttermilk Country > Buttermilks Main > Hunk
 226
V2 5+ Boulder
Jedi Mind Tricks Buttermilk Country > Pollen Grains /… > Jedi Boulder
 137
V4 6B PG13 Boulder
Leary/Bard Arete Buttermilk Country > Buttermilks Main > Corner Boulders
 84
V5 6C Boulder
Strength in Numbers (Origin… Volcanic Tablel… > Sad Boulders > Strength in Numbers Area
 128
V5 6C Boulder
Saigon Buttermilk Country > Buttermilks Main > Saigon Boulder
 90
V6 7A Boulder
Seven Spanish Angels (aka T… Buttermilk Country > Get Carter Boulder
 207
V6 7A Boulder
High Plains Drifter Buttermilk Country > Buttermilks Main > Drifter/Smoking Boulder
 204
V7 7A+ Boulder
Soul Slinger Buttermilk Country > … > Cave Area > Soul Slinger Boulder
 100
V9 7C Boulder
Southwest Arete Buttermilk Country > … > Peabody Boulders > Grandma Peabody Boulder
 113
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Pratt's Crack Pine Creek Canyon > Scheelite Canyo… > Pratt's Crack / Dihed…
 137
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
West Face Cardinal Pinnacle
 265
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 4 pitches
Sheila Pine Creek Canyon > Scheelite Canyo… > Pratt's Crack / Dihed…
 255
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
O.R.G.asam Owens River Gorge > Upper Gorge > Dihedrals
 123
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Grindrite Owens River Gorge > Upper Gorge > Gotham City
 141
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
From Chocolate to Morphine Owens River Gorge > Central Gorge > Faulty Tower
 120
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
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