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lisajones


Mar 15, 2010, 8:29 PM
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How's spring for climbing at Owen's  (North_America: United_States: California: Bishop_and_Eastern_Sierra: Owens_River_Gorge)
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I'm thinking of planning a trip to Owen's River Gorge in mid to late May - what's the weather generally like at that time? Would it be too hot, too cold, or Goldilocks (just right)? Is there a lot of rain there in the spring?


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Rain is possible, but if it does happen, will probably just be short showers. I've been rained on there memorial day, but we were able to climb half the rainy day and then the next day.

It's usually good conditions then. It can be warm or chilly, but the walls of the gorge face east and west, so it's easy to chase sun or shade.

Lots of camping options... I like horton creek cg. $5 a night per site I think?


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I've been there in late may, it was warm despite the cloud cover, really humid for the high desert. Bouldering in bishop in may sucked the last time I tried it, 90. Owen's is a little higher than bishop.

If it doesn't work you might be able to crag near mammoth, if they had a shitty snow year like in Oregon.


lisajones


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Thanks for the beta - that's helpful!


lisajones


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Thanks - I'll look into Mammoth


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unrooted wrote:
Owen's is a little higher than bishop.
Er, you might want to pull out your topo map and check the elevation of Bishop, the actual climbing in ORG, and the Buttermilks, Happys, and Sads. There isn't a ton of difference.


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if it's hot, it is easy to find shade in the gorge.


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marc801 wrote:
unrooted wrote:
Owen's is a little higher than bishop.
Er, you might want to pull out your topo map and check the elevation of Bishop, the actual climbing in ORG, and the Buttermilks, Happys, and Sads. There isn't a ton of difference.

You read well, I said a little higher, Owen's is 5000 feet and bishop is 4100 feet. Do you have a topographic map of Bishop? Did you notice that I suggested going to Mammoth?


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lisajones wrote:
Thanks - I'll look into Mammoth

The snow has been at 97-124% of normal around Mammoth this year. Climbing around there in May might be route-dependent, depending on route aspect, etc., but I haven't climbed round there before July myself.

You could camp high in elevation between Tom's Place and Bishop and then climb in the Gorge in the shade as another option.


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May is shoulder season in Mammoth, so the high stuff is under snow. But the local west and south-facing boulders and sport stuff can be warm and dry.

Shoulder season also means that you can get a cheap deal on a condo rental-- if there's four of you, you can rent a condo for well under the average hotel rate and then you can cook yr own meals. Plus if it snows, you've got the hot tub.

Like CI says, OG has a sunny side and a shady side, so it's fine in May.


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