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Not here
May 8, 2008 - 02:07pm PT
That explains why the Bishop boys always stared at me. I thought it was because I looked foreign.


Las Vegas
May 8, 2008 - 03:15pm PT
I like that Mahogany smokehouse place on the North end of town

Not here
May 8, 2008 - 03:22pm PT
I loved the bookstore and the photo gallery next door. Yet what stuck in my memory is visiting the tackle/fishing shops with my friend Ron Clough.
Ron would get the clerks to tell us the most terrific fishing tall tales. Those guys were some of the most colorful characters in that town. Someone needs to write a book on them.


Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
May 8, 2008 - 03:25pm PT
Khanom, what kind of gourmet cooking do you do from your van kitchen?

mule city
May 8, 2008 - 03:28pm PT
Shameless plug for Raymond's Deli, where Kava used to be. Good grub, great people, now serving beer. Try it.
Double D

May 8, 2008 - 03:58pm PT
One word: JACKS

Many a alpine adventure started or ended there for an unbeatable greasy-spoon breakfast.


Trad climber
car part hell
Topic Author's Reply - May 9, 2008 - 12:27am PT
what kind of gourmet cooking do you do from your van kitchen?

Depends on who I'm trying to impress :)

With three burners and an oven, it's not hard to get something tasty going.
susan peplow

May 9, 2008 - 12:57am PT
The Meat House (and I don't mean Demetri)

Love those Tri-Tips and nobody can grill 'em better than Eurobrief guy or the Fish Finder.


Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
May 9, 2008 - 01:30am PT
"my daughter was conceived either in the vanagon either in rock creek or over by the thermal bouldering area outside of mammoth."

dude, TMI

tho not bishop specific, the east side is all part of it.

Backpacking at 13 or 14 with the old man and scouts via new army pass, and chicken spring lake. Then doing another trip, with old man and uncle via Mulky Meadows. (don't do it)

bouldering at Buttermilks in the 80s with my childhood friend and his pops that taught us to climb.

throwing a TR on the stuff at Iris Slabs on a later trip with that friend, heading out to Benton Crags and just climbing something we thought we could do.

years later, playing ice on the creek at the whitney portal

various backpacking trips with put ins that were almost always east side. one in particular was the first time I saw Charlotte Dome. Talked to some "real" climbers going in to climb it. They had pink slings back then.

years later doing clip ups in Owens for the first time on the way to Lover's Leap. Did Gorgeous and nothing else and it was a stellar day (pre river). later wold have many pump fest days clipping bolts and drinking beer on the east side. onsighted many "10s" there.

Years later, doing some ice in Lee Vining and June Lake for real this time with Tim and Doug as our guides. Got a free pit eval lesson on avi danger. good guys.

years later, coming back to the milks with the 'bouldering fad' and enjoying Happys and Sads Druids and the Sherwin Areas (thx to Mick R with his enthusiasm for the area)

years later doing White Mtn with lightning and 2 hours of nasty hail, going close to hypothermic. good times. cookie and coffee from the lab folks never tasted so good.

years later taking the girlfriend to Owens and Lone Pine to clip bolts and having a lot of fun doing it, except for the mite or flea bite that sent her packing back home with prednisone.

Whoa Nelly deli food. May it never go bad.

Doing ice on the east side of Sonora Pass when the pass was open in late season by happenstance. what a treat.

probably forgetting more than one trip, but they almost all are good memories, each time I drive by Wheeler crest, I damn near drive off the road staring at it. Stunning.

Seeing the light shine through the minarets at the end of the day.

sh#t, I'm gonna get all teary.
tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
May 9, 2008 - 01:36am PT
Bishop is sweet. I got home from work, did some dishes, typed off a smart ass remark on supertopo, then went to the buttermilks, where I did a route that had been frustrating me since last summer.

Khanom if you're still stuck here tommorrow night myself and few other are headed back up to to the milks i think. Look for a ratty silver pick up or a guy climbing in blue kuakulators, that'll be me.


Social climber
Flatland, Ca
May 9, 2008 - 01:39am PT
You know... The only good memories I have are pretty much my time in Bishop. Hell, it's where I met most of the people I still communicate with today....

... then again.....

Russ has a point!

Trad climber
car part hell
Topic Author's Reply - May 9, 2008 - 02:42am PT
Thanks for the invite Tom. Yet another brake rotor arrives tomorrow, so I get to spend the day seeing if I really can remove the hub assembly from the current one and if the new rotor will fit. Might take a while. Relatively high likelihood of failure, resulting in me camping out at the Kragen parking lot. Already wore out my welcome at the NAPA.

But if I succeed, I was thinking of a few days in the Buttermilks. I'll look for you. Wave if you see the white Dodge Sportsmobile with a black cargo box on the roof.
orange crush

Boulder climber
May 9, 2008 - 10:44am PT
i remember my first trip to bishop, it was a six day trip starting on my birthday, was camping/climbing in the buttermilks and was on my first problem of the day and my foot slipped off a hold when i was about a foot and a half off the ground and i landed backwards on my ankle, in swelled up really big so we drank a bunch of wine and i iced it, though continued to climb one footed for the rest of the trip and still had an amazing time. Though i had to take a month off climbing after the trip to let it heal, boy did that suck.
Fish Finder

Social climber
May 9, 2008 - 10:52am PT
hey eric. i live just a few blocks behind the kragen if you need anything.
im off of barlow. ill look for you when i go to feed and turnout the horses.

regards gregg

An Oil Field
May 9, 2008 - 11:12am PT
Bishop has really changed in the last 25 years. It used to be this little redneck town, and was a blast.

Now there are all of those LADWP signs up at every decent bivy spot.

A cup of coffee used to be just a cup of coffee.

Rusty's was always fun. You could get drunk and have a slight chance of getting your ass kicked for a little sport.

Trad climber
car part hell
Topic Author's Reply - May 9, 2008 - 11:27am PT
Thanks Gregg.

Now there are all of those LADWP signs up at every decent bivy spot.

Far from true. In fact Bishop has some of the best camping close to town of any place I've seen.

There are some LADWP signs at the entrance to Tungsten Hills, for example, but they refer to just the land right there. Go a bit further and you hit BLM, with a sign.

A cup of coffee used to be just a cup of coffee.

You could always move to Idaho...

An Oil Field
May 9, 2008 - 12:18pm PT
All I know is that I lived there then, and I have been there now, and it isn't even close to the same. I caught the midnight van out of Round Valley every night to drive a cat in Mammoth, and even though I had a pass, after a while Joe Faint taught me how to fly fish. The Milks were very lonely. Usually not a soul. I used to ride my bike there all the time.

I hate to dis it like this, but Bishop has sort of been turned into Mammoth South. That is an exaggeration, but it has definitely grown in a way that is quite different from the sleepy redneck town that was pretty cool to live in.

And all of my old haunts now seem to sport that LADWP sign.

May 9, 2008 - 12:37pm PT
Russ gas cheaper in Big Pine?
Our gas is cheap an average $4.00 a gallon.
james Colborn

Trad climber
Truckee, Ca
May 9, 2008 - 12:37pm PT
Those "fit outdoorsy people" Khanmon speaks so fondly of are, in the eyes of locals, yuppies.
Luckily for Bishop there is no more land to be developed, I'm not positive of the numbers but something like 12% of the land in Inyo is private, the remainder is public and LAPW land.
seamus mcshane

May 9, 2008 - 12:42pm PT
Las Palmas Carnitas Plate always did the trick when the burner was low.
Fifteen years ago Bishop was a ghosttown compared with today, in the pre PAD PEOPLE era.
The whole eastside still holds favor in my soul, I lived there on and off for 5 years.
For me, it was hobo heaven.
Local Tom Klinefelter showed me some great hospitality and some great Buttermilk bouldering early on and I became hooked.
He is a very good climber as well, far more versed in technique than myself, yet a patient teacher willing to share his "secret" stashes.
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