Month: November 2015

A Road Warrior’s Guide to Bishop, CA

Every time Adam and I visit a new climbing area it means figuring out the lay of the land – where to sleep, fill up water, shower, and everything else that you need to accommodate van life. While some information can be found online, many times it takes trial and error to figure out the best or cheapest options. In my new “Road Warrior’s Guide” series I will be compiling some of the beta we’ve collected from a variety of climbing areas and towns to serve as a resource for other climbers, travelers, and van dwellers. I’m kicking off the series with Bishop, California… Camping One of the best parts of spending an extended period of time climbing in Bishop is the easy to access and affordable camping options. Pleasant Valley Pit Campground This campground is managed by the BLM and has roughly 75 sites, accommodating both tent and car campers. Cost: $2.00/night per vehicle Camping Limit: 60 days Season: Open November through early May Amenities: toilets, garbage cans, recycling cans Nearby Climbing Areas: Birdie Cracks, Happy Boulders, Sad …

The Salathé Wall, El Capitan (VI 5.9 C2)

“Harding’s route up The Nose is the boldest line up El Capitan. In contrast, the Salathé Wall is the most devious – traversing, arcing, and even rappelling on its lower half. But the reason for the devious appearance is that the Salathé Wall follows the chief line of weakness on El Capitan. In the opinion of many top climbers, it is the greatest rock climbing route in the world.” – Galen Rowell   [Excerpts written by Royal Robbins regarding the first continuous ascent of the Salathé Wall as it appears in Galen Rowell’s book, Vertical World of Yosemite, 1974.] “As we started climbing early on October 10, the sky was clear and the temperature cool. There was as yet no sign of the forecasted rain. However, later in the morning, clouds, fragments and clumps of nimbo-stratus, began moving swiftly from the south and it looked as if the Weather Bureau, which had been unsuccessfully forecasting rain for several days, might finally be right. As the clouds scudded over our heads toward the north, Tom skillfully …