Bishop is a powerhouse of American bouldering. It boast thousands of incredible test-pieces for climbers to measure themselves against, on two very distinct rock types created by completely unrelated geological events. While other bouldering areas might match their quality or quantity, the Granite and Volcanic boulders of Bishop set themselves apart with their size. Highballs are the name of the game here. Bishop is known for its abundance of VERY tall boulders, who’s stunning lines have the pertinacity to make your palms sweat and your ankles tremble nervously at a mere glance.
So after a week of acclimation and sprightly adventures, the time came for the Bellingham crew to step up the game and get a taste of what Bishop is all about!
They came, they conquered, and they fled at the first sign of Winter. I can hardly blame them. Just two weeks ago I was enjoying bright and sunny mornings, with a daily dose of Vitamin D after tea time. Now I’m lucky if my seven-gallon water jug hasn’t frozen completely solid overnight.
The climbing is still amazing if a bit cold, and the small crew that remains is an excellent bunch to spend the holidays with. Will and Micah are sticking around, our friends Ashlyn, Kris, and Nick have arrived to join the fun, and bouldering in Santa hats is on the agenda. Merry Christmas!