For years it had been a dream of ours to visit Bishop, CA, and climb in the massive boulderfields that surround the town. Being from the East Coast, the majority of climbers grow up dreaming of the seemingly endless possibilities that the West offers. I’ve come to find out the opposite is true too. It’s funny how that works out.
When we heard that the American Alpine Club (AAC) was putting on their last Craggin’ Classic of the year only a few hours away from us, we knew we had to go no matter what. The event celebrates “...all things climbing. From learning new skills and techniques, to sharing stories, sharing the rope and inspiring one another; from drinking beers and howling at the moon, to giving back and caring for our local crags, these events are the real deal.” I couldn’t have said it better myself; hence why I copied and pasted their description here.
So we registered, signed up for some classes that had spots open up at the last minute, and headed out to the Eastern Sierra. Sam took a women’s class on how to trad climb deep in the Owen’s River Gorge and I bounced around different bouldering areas; trading pictures for climbing and (mostly) use of crash pads. Each evening, that had a get together behind a local coffee shop where they served food, beer, played music, had contests, and auctions for cool gear. We scored some pretty amazing deals in the silent auction and were happy to have helped the local area with the money.
It was great getting to head out there for the first time. It was actually pretty overwhelming; there is just so much in the area. Now that we have a grasp on what’s in Bishop and offered, next time we’ll be out climbing more, taking tons more pictures, and having even more fun. We’re already planning the next drive down and can’t wait for next year’s Craggin’ Classic.