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Way out there....
Aug 6, 2011 - 11:26pm PT
lol....As I said you don't fit in. The lack of a "scene" is precisely what some folks like about it.

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Aug 6, 2011 - 11:34pm PT
I spent part of my "growing up" years living in Walker, and used to go to Bishop on school related activities. Always love visiting there. I have yet to do any bouldering there....not really my thing. But I'd like to give it a go sometime, the pics I see are always amazing.

Someone asked about Bridgeport earlier in the thread. I haven't been there in years, but we used to go to the Travertine hot springs at night all the time and party down. Was pretty awesome in the winter - hot springs surrounded by snow.

Just outside of Bridgeport is where I got my first introduction to climbing, at the Marine base up at Pickel Meadows. I love the Sierra mountain range, wish I could deal with wet and cold better and spend more time up there then I do.

Trad climber
San Diego
Aug 7, 2011 - 09:15pm PT
I really appreciated Bishop; back in the 70's. Back then, Mammoth had half a dozen climbers, and maybe the same number in Bishop. Talk about lack of scene, if you saw other climbers you went somewhere else. If you knew a climb had been done, you did something new.

There are still gems to be found, but we had it when it was fresh!

El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Aug 7, 2011 - 09:45pm PT
Bozeman and Boulder are cities.
And they don't have a Manor Market.
Or the Milks.

the last bivy
Aug 7, 2011 - 10:15pm PT
best used and rare books at the East Side Books on Short Street.. the woman who runs the place really knows her stuff.

and the coffee bar in the back of Spellbinders is really excellent for good food and a perfect espresso.

of course not to mention the obvious that great mountaineering and alpine climbs are right out the back door on all sides.

used to frequent Boulder.. can't stand it now.

Santa Monica, CA
Aug 8, 2011 - 03:23pm PT
What happened on Saturday night (previous post)?


Social climber
Oct 3, 2013 - 05:26pm PT
Credit: GDavis

This morning by the Happies. For the early bird it's a personal climbing gym.

Trad climber
Oct 5, 2013 - 04:57pm PT
Mt. Humphreys from my bedroom.
Mt. Humphreys from my bedroom.
Credit: FRUMY
To funny ms55401 hit it right on the point of the nail. ( he got it up side down )
I'm a climber- looking at the Sierras Crest at night - is there anything better.
It's not a question.
Yuppies in Bishop hahahahahahahahah.
Anyone young & upwardly is out of here right after high school.
After living in Los Angeles, San Francisco, & Spending lots of time in New York, Chigaco, & New Orleans Bishop is heaven.
There isn't enough money in the world to get me to live in Boulder.
Bozman is pretty cool.

some eastside hovel
Oct 5, 2013 - 07:22pm PT
Bozeman is pretty cool.Born and raised there.Family still there.Moved to Bishop 15 years ago.Bishop's cooler!!! ;-) :-D

Oct 5, 2013 - 09:46pm PT
Gdavis view is burned into my memory as well. It is a fortress, made of & holding much treasure. Love waking up to that.

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Oct 5, 2013 - 11:05pm PT
Bishop use to be a cool place until White Mt. Estates sprung up to the north..The small retirement community is occupied with retired senile cops , sex starved sailors , sissies , climate deniers , and an adult drive thru diaper store...Yeah..Bishop use to be a better place until...

Oct 5, 2013 - 11:05pm PT
Yep, much appreciation here. Hope to make it home someday...
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Oct 6, 2013 - 03:09am PT
I lived in Bishop for about 5-6 summers between 1978 and 1994.
We rented a storage unit and otherwise lived out of my truck.
Showers at the municipal pool.
Camping at Brown's or out in the Buttermilks.
Sunday night reggae show from the Univ of Reno radio station.
Ah, the life...

Main street, Bishop, 1980s
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

Don't you love summers in Bishop...
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

Trad climber
Starlite, California
Oct 6, 2013 - 03:48am PT
The one silver lining in the car parts ordeal is that I've spent more time here than ever before.

Yes, like Moab, Bishop is one of the great Fanbelt Capitals of the West...

Like many newlyweds on our Forum, we drove up from Berkeley to visit the NW Arete of Humphries, oh, 1976 thereabouts. Never in my wildest dreams did we think we’d build and live beneath its sunset, just a very few years afterwards. And now my newlywed daughter and our son-in-law, in the home next door, which was one of my Design/Build deliveries BITD.

Repeated this line just a few weeks ago, and I certainly returned with much more booty rack than I started up with! There’s a reason Humphries is on the cover of the latest Secor’s Guidebook (instead of Whitney, for a welcome change); this line, and all of the others, may be some of the Fairest of All.

I haven’t sampled “Sage,” across West Line from Dwayne’s Friendly Farmacia; the ambient lighting needs, perhaps, some fine tuning, but its Chef/Owner is a gourmet alumni from the 4-Diamond “Restaurant at Convict Lake” (where’s the best Dining in Bishop? - “At Convict Lake,” outside Mammoth.

This is to distinguish Matt from the other gourmand, Matt Toomy, who helped start-up “Whoa Nellie,” Lee Vining Mobile Station (“Eat Here and Get Gas” - just kidden’).

Yes, more and more folks are discovering the magical ‘Milks, and the close-in Sport venues. Quite often I meet climbers on the Grand Tour: Valley; Meadows; Gorge and Buttermilk - then off to Red Rocks, and points East, or down to J/Tree. (Seasonally, Death Valley/Eureka for the winter cabin fever. 4 great National Parks within a couple hours drive, or hike, out the Door. Winter Ski Mountaineering on the Crest.

“Life is not easy in the Piney Woods,” as I was advised during my “Orientation Office Tour,” during my induction to the last regular “job” I was to hold for a commendable 2 year stint, before I was to learn the career equivalent of free solo. Looks like, for the umteenth time, I must be sure to arrange my toe tag feet forward,and feetforward. There’s no return from a lifetime of rich and authentic moments.

But I hold dear to the overwhelming positive which have been posted as herein, and it has been a pleasure to be speaking with you now.

Again my Buttermilk gauntlet - locate, ascend, and post up “The Crystal Method” - Dale Bard’s 25 foot “Wall of Crystals.” It took your correspondent 18 years to do likewise, because Dale remained soft spoken about its locality. Some puntsters indeed posted some Hero shots, but none of these documented sending the summit.

Looks like public sentiment values our Bishop, with many testimonials to such effect. It’s been said that folks who surpass the 10 yard line are dedicated, and are all hard workers.

Trad climber
Oct 6, 2013 - 11:11am PT
Sage in really excellent. I think I'll eat there tonight.

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Oct 6, 2013 - 11:20am PT
Bishop? Meh.

Now Tonopah!

There's a happening place.

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Oct 6, 2013 - 11:52am PT
Dwayne's unfriendly Pharmacy and Jack's Awful shop...Some people call it Stupid town..

Trad climber
Starlite, California
Oct 7, 2013 - 03:37am PT
So take it over to Walgreens already...there's a Denny's while you wait.

Oct 7, 2013 - 10:06am PT
I appreciate Bishop so much I moved here. lol Then got married, bought a house and found a real full time job. Coming from someone who was a dedicated dirtbag from 2003 to 2009 that is one hell of a commitment. In those dirtbag years working 2-3 months to play for 9-10 I stumbled on this little town. I also stumbled on most of the other ones in the US. For year round climbing Bishop is hard to beat. So I hoping that's past the ten yard line.

Ice climber
Oct 7, 2013 - 10:23am PT
Bishop is a great town. It can't be all that bad if Croft lives there. It's just a little too hot in the summer for me. Flagstaff is my town of choice, and it's not that far from Bishop.
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