/ Bishop advice
All being well I might manage to get a couple of hours bouldering in. Can anybody advise a bouldering area which is close to the road, ideally not too highball (won't have a pad or spotters)and has a few classics up to V5/6. Traverses might be useful etc as would shaded spots as I guess it'll be too hot really....just a shame to miss the opportunity.
The previous article on UKC suggests maybe Happy or Sad boulders?
Any 'don't miss' recommendations also appreciated.
Like Alan says, it will be very hot, but early or late at either the Peabodies or the Happy/Sad should be OK.
Alternatively head north..
Way Lake is good: http://vimeo.com/channels/19208
Way Lake is a bit of a walk.... but high elevation in a beautiful alpine setting. Some problems there are OK without a pad, but most do need one.
More roadside is the volcanic tuff of:
Deadman's Summit: http://www.mountainproject.com/v/deadman-summit/106159406
or the Bachar Boulders: http://www.mountainproject.com/v/bachar-boulders/106047133
Many thanks for the info. guys. As you say I'm sure the heat will be a challenge, it would just be good to sample bouldering at Bishop. We're staying in Mammoth for a couple of days so hopefully I may get the chance to try some of Mick's suggestions further north.
I arrived there latish September a couple of years ago. It was 97°F. I said to the receptionist at the motel "Oooof, it's hot". She replied "Yep, cooling down nicely!"
Just one thing, as the sun goes down, the snakes seemed to come out. Lots of rattlers.
Rock Creek has some granite boulders - between Bishop and Mammoth. Some of the bouders are in the woods so shaded. At an altitude of around 8000ft. so may not be too hot. I was there in november - it was cold and damp then. Might be OK in summer
Would recommend the buttermilks over happys/sads just due to the altitude, otherwise it will be very hot. Only part of the happys/sads which is okay at that time is the ice caves and the problems there tend to be harder, or lacking slightly in quality compared with the rest. Never been to rock creek etc. So can't comment on that.
I was there in September last year. Buttermilks was far too hot for serious bouldering until very late in the day however I had a good time at the Happy Boulders climbing in the shade for most of the day.
The Buttermilks are worth driving out for a look as they are truly impressive in size and you could always climb a v0/v1 highball.
Make sure you stop at the bakers with the British telephone box outside, amazing sandwiches!
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