July 2017

After my second day of outdoor bouldering, a sense of accomplishment overcomes my my being with the knowledge that I am no longer a climbing gym rat. Maybe this comes from a small sense of vanity or pride, but nevertheless the experiences I had with the rock outdoors were far more gratifying than that of completing a problem indoors where the stakes are low and the return is inevitable.

There is something to knowing that you may never see a particular landscape again that fuels the intrinsic nature of the human eye to piece together a puzzle and take it all in.

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Hell’s Kitchen, BV

Hell’s Kitchen in Bear Valley, was a short jaunt off the highway. With granite boulders of all shapes and sizes both for the daredevils with a superman complex, and for those who simple preferred to be closer to the ground, it was a playground of sorts. Most problems offered me a steady challenge as a regular gym V3 climber who is often aggravated by V4s. There was of course evidence of harder routes that I passed on.

https://mtadventure.com/pdf/Bouldering-Contest-Map.pdf

Further south, near Bishop, CA we tried Sad Boulders which offered more porous rock and harder climbs. The climbs off Bluff Road were definitely more challenging and hotter than I was ready for. Temps breaching 100 degrees made the rock hot to the touch and a gallon of water per person a necessity. Scenery there was punctuated by both the gushing Owen’s river, the Sierras iced with snow from last winter’s storms, and the scampering of a Jack Rabbit who followed us on our scramble in and out of Sad Boulders. We were the only two people there.

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One of the only problems in my range that was in the shade at Sad Boulders

Later that evening: Camping in the Ancient Bristle Cone pine forest (up White Mountain Road) is first come first serve and pay by donation.

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I should have anticipated the loss of skin involved in outdoor climbing

http://schatsbakery.com/

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Schat’s Bakery in Bishop is not to be missed
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