by Mick Ryan
Published December 1999
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The Eastern Sierra and Bishop bouldering is one of the world's great bouldering destinations. It appeals to all abilities of climbers, has a diverse range of rock types and climbing styles, thousands of problems, and an excellent dry, sunny winter climate. Importantly all the bouldering areas are within easy driving distance (5 to 20 miles) from Bishop, California. It is also more than a bouldering area, it has excellent sport climbing, world -class alpine climbing, lots of traditional climbing and even some ice climbing. Then on your days off from climbing you have the natural wonders of the Eastern Sierra to explore, good skiing at Mammoth Lakes and mountain biking everywhere. The main bouldering areas are the granitic Buttermilk Country (home to the Peabodys and the famous Mandala), the Druid Stones, and the volcanic Happy and Sad Boulders. There are also many lesser-known areas to explore.
Number of problems: 3,000+
Rating Range: VB to V14
Rick Types: Granite and Volcanic tuff
Best Time to Visit: October through to early May