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Mammoth Lakes

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Emmanuel Lacoste · · Covina, CA · Joined Oct 2015 · Points: 6

Looking to climbing around Bishop or Mammoth Lakes this long weekend. Driving up Friday, leaving Monday.

I can either base in one area or hop around. Looking for the most family-friendly crags. Single pitch, sport or trad. The key is the approach. We have a 2-month-old and three years old.

Also taking recommendation for a few campsite locations. Disperse preferred, but if needed, we'll shoot for a place with reservations.


Chase Bowman · · Durango · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 770

Emmanuel if you're looking for dispersed camping in Bishop, the buttermilks area has wonderful spots. 

Ian Machen · · Carson City, NV · Joined Sep 2016 · Points: 35

If you have a vehicle with decent clearance, check our Clark Canyon. Easy approach, and lots of good climbs close to each other.

Maureen Maguire · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2008 · Points: 0

Wherever you disperse pick up your poo.  It's going to be a crowded and hot stinky weekend with literally tons of shit everywhere. 

Benjamin Chapman · · Small Town, USA · Joined Jan 2007 · Points: 13,842
Emmanuel Lacoste · · Covina, CA · Joined Oct 2015 · Points: 6

Instead of traveling during the long weekend, family and I will take a couple or a few days off next week. Should be less crowded.

Thanks for the advice so far.

Brian · · North Kingstown, RI · Joined Sep 2001 · Points: 747

Horseshoe Slabs and Sunshine Wall in Mammoth Lakes.  Short approach and kid friendly.  Won't Bishop will be pretty hot?

phylp · · Upland · Joined May 2015 · Points: 1,082

What you want to know is detailed in Marty Lewis’s Mammoth Lakes guidebook (which lists approach times AND sun/shade info) and was answered in your July post.

Matrimony Wall, Triple Cracks, Looking Wall, Locals Only area of Benton Crags, The Stumps, warming Wall. All easy to get to in a passenger car. Less than 5 minute approaches, reasonably flat bases.

Horseshoe Slab has an easy approach, about 15’ but Sunshine wall has some steep uphill.

Iris Slab in Rock Creek is often recommended fir kids but it’s a longer approach and the base is less level.

Gold Gulley in Pine Creek has an easy 15’ approach and I think will always have some shade spots. Then you will be right next to the stuff on the far left side of PSOM. Tai DeVore’s Pine Creek guidebook is terrific. 

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Northern California
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