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Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Topic Author's Original Post - May 27, 2016 - 02:32pm PT
Credit: Bruce Morris
On May 26th, MorComm Press published a new updated and much revised version of a Climber's Guide to Ellery Lake Bowl (MorComm: 2016). 31 pages. All color. ISBN 978-0965023450. MSRP $19.95. It's now available on Amazon at:

http://www.amazon.com/Climbers-Guide-Ellery-Lake-Bowl/dp/0965023451/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1464384653&sr=1-1&keywords=Climber%27s+Guide+to+Ellery+Lake+Bowl

There was an old guidebook to many of these same climbs that appeared back in 1992, but it is long out of print. There were only 20 copies anyway.

This new guidebook is available at Planet Granite and Touchstone climbing gyms in the greater Bay Area. REI should be handling it too.

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Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Redwood City
May 27, 2016 - 04:03pm PT
Wow I didn't know there was that many climbs in the Ellery Bowl area...
Friend

climber
May 27, 2016 - 04:18pm PT
Awesome!! Thanks for the post Bruce.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
May 27, 2016 - 05:56pm PT
Cool to see Morcomm Press knocking out more material! I must have gone through 3-4 Skyline guidebooks over the years.

I'll have to get this one too. Thanks, Bruce!
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
May 28, 2016 - 12:38am PT
awesome thanks!
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Topic Author's Reply - May 28, 2016 - 01:05am PT
Credit: Bruce Morris
Gonna lug some copies up to Tuolumne after the Memorial Day zoo dies down, so the Ellery Bowl Guidebook should be available at Tioga Pass Resort for the breakfast, lunch, dinner and homemade pie crowd in the cafe. Lynne's the one who insisted I do another version of the old 1992 guide, but the whole project expanded and got out-of-hand the more I worked on it.

Think I should expand it later to include Speed of Life for sure and maybe the Sphinx above US 120 in Lee Vining Canyon. Maybe I'll wind up taking over the whole Lee Vining Canyon area someday? But that's a real big project that could take a couple more years, especially with the boulders in the campgrounds. But this one is a nice little self-contained project that should get people walking out the old Mining Road and enjoying the nice views, beautiful weather and ultra-clean glacier polished granite. There's certainly room for a bunch of new boulder problems in the talus. Sure pebble pullers will find some nice ones if they poke around.
Walleye

climber
The Hot Kiss On the End of a Wet Fist
May 28, 2016 - 06:14am PT
Too bad the Sport Shop I managed in Tuolumne doesn't exist any more. I'll bet we would have sold many copies of that book. Good luck.
WBraun

climber
May 28, 2016 - 06:38am PT
Too bad the Sport Shop I managed in Tuolumne doesn't exist any more.


Walleye

What's there now? an empty paved lot for parking only?

Best route in Ellery Bowl is "Speed of Life"
Walleye

climber
The Hot Kiss On the End of a Wet Fist
May 28, 2016 - 06:55am PT
^^^^ The building should be demolished this summer. They already removed the gas tanks last year. And yes, a parking lot.
WBraun

climber
May 28, 2016 - 07:17am PT
Bummer, why is everything turning into parking lots?

America is 0wned by vehicles and machines.

This why so many try to escape the machines to the forest.

So what are you doing now?

Are finished with working in Tuolumne meadows for this summer?
shipoopoi

Big Wall climber
oakland
May 28, 2016 - 08:46am PT
bruce, is there a lot more routes than in my old guidebook you got to me a few years back? ss
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Topic Author's Reply - May 28, 2016 - 02:03pm PT
A few more routes, yes, Steve, but also much corrected and upgraded with a lot more color pics and topos. Bet more people visit the Demonology Cliff Band and the Dinosaur Crag as a result. But we'll have to wait and see.

It'll only take 2 more color plates to add "Speed of Life", which really belongs in the book too I agree. Just got to wait a little longer to lug my refurb D7100 up the hill and snap a few.

Too bad about the Mountain Shop, Walleye. But I bet a lot more people will hang out up at the Pass now. The Shop was a cultural landmark I'd say and the Dark Powers That Be realized that if they want to curtail the "Climbing Problem" in YNS the best way to do it is to kill the culture. You know Blah, Blah, Blah, but that's the net effect of such closures. It's like Stalin or Hitler rewriting history to suite their long-term political purposes.

The Access Fund (told me off the record) that they did talk to the Park about the Mountain Shop closure, but agreed that a new one could open in Lee Vining. Not such a good solution but that's what they were told. Who knows? This is hearsay of course.

Oh well! Hard to play against the House if they own all the chips.
steelmnkey

climber
Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
May 28, 2016 - 02:31pm PT
Bummer, why is everything turning into parking lots?

Joni Mitchell called it years back.
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Topic Author's Reply - May 29, 2016 - 01:10pm PT
Yup. It's easier to control crowds in a parking lot with tasers, night sticks, truncheons, and, ultimately, machine guns. They've got years of experience at doing that.

Blatant self-promotion bump for more exposure . . .
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Topic Author's Reply - May 29, 2016 - 11:00pm PT
There are five previously undocumented climbs at the Spillway Crag, and "Vaino's Arete" (5.12b) on the upper tier of the Dinosaur Crag. Al Dude tells me Vaino did it in the middle '80s and said it is one of the best things in Ellery Bowl. Doubt if it's had a second though.
MisterE

Gym climber
Small Town with a Big Back Yard
May 29, 2016 - 11:09pm PT
Top-rope cover shot?
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Topic Author's Reply - May 30, 2016 - 01:07am PT
There are lots of leads of course, most of them cracks, but almost everything in the area can be top-roped. The cover pic just happened to illustrate the kind of glacier-polished rock found in Ellery Bowl. It also framed the title. Aesthetic and layout considerations? There's actually a pretty dramatic lead shot opposite the title page a little further inside. Lots of color prints throughout. Have to get the book to see 'em!

FA of "Sweet Suspicion" &#40;5.11a&#41;, Demonology Cliff Band, Lee Vi...
FA of "Sweet Suspicion" (5.11a), Demonology Cliff Band, Lee Vining Canyon, California
Credit: Bruce Morris
karodrinker

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
May 30, 2016 - 08:53am PT
Nice Bruce!
Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
May 30, 2016 - 09:09am PT
another money grubbing guidebook author trying to milk millions from his climbing brethren.











BTW Nice job Bruce! Thanks.
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
May 30, 2016 - 09:29am PT
^^^^

Is that Yerian in the above pic, Bruce?
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