Jul 072011
 
Weekend Wilderness: Escape to Horseshoe Meadow

Sometimes the inertia of getting out of the city is too much to overcome – especially when we’re talking about a long holiday weekend like the Fourth of July.  My three main barriers to outdoor enjoyment seem to be logistics, the heat, and the crowds that commute en masse from the Los Angeles area to […]

May 262011
 
Packing in the Fun: Bishop Mule Days in the Eastern Sierras

Every year, on Memorial Day weekend, a great mob of mules and their packers, riders and trainers converge on the small town of Bishop, California, in the Eastern Sierras for an event called Mule Days.  For us, the Mule Days celebration and Memorial Weekend marks the end of our bouldering season – it’s time to […]

Sep 222010
 
The Great Sierra Circuit Part III: Shooting it up (with camera) in the Alabama Hills

This is part three of my description of the ultimate Sierra road trip, which originated in Los Angeles, visited the giant Sequoias, traversed the breadth of Yosemite National Park, and ended with a tour of the east side of the Sierra Mountains.  (See my posts covering Day 1 and Day 2 of the road trip.) Day […]

Sep 092010
 
The Great Sierra Circuit Part II: Yosemite Valley to Mono Lake

First Glimpse In my previous post, I described the itinerary for day 1 of the Great Sierra Circuit.  In a nutshell, we grabbed snacks for the road from our local Los Angeles farmer’s market and hiked at the uncrowded Sequoia gem called Nelder Grove. On the second day of our Sierra road trip, we headed […]

Aug 132010
 
The Great Sierra Circuit Part I: the ultimate SoCal road trip

Shadow of the Giants, Nelder Grove.  Photo by T. Kornylak Lately, I’ve been obsessed with planning the perfect road trip from Los Angeles.  I’m talking about a road trip for every occasion – for when your parents come out to see what living in California is all about; for when your old college roommate decides […]

Apr 012010
 
BETA

“Beta”: (noun) A word originally derived from the word “Betamax” (an old video format) referring to information describing a climb. One online dictionary of “fringe English” describes “beta” as “a verbal videotape” of how to execute a particular climb. Christina and Christine consult their “beta books” (The Sad Boulders, Bishop, CA) Most often, the term […]

Jan 202010
 
Way Lake Detour

The day after Halloween, we headed up to Mammoth to check out a new (for us) bouldering area called Way Lake. It’s a warm weather spot, located at 9,000 ft. From the parking lot, we hiked uphill along an icy stream before taking a “short cut” off-trail up an extremely steep slope. Lacking a guide, […]

Nov 102008
 
The Season Opener

The last weekend in October, we celebrated the first weekend of the season in Bishop. We arrived by caravan from Los Angeles. We overran Schatz, burned copious amounts of wood, and sent projects aplenty (Jeremy: The Hulk, Raymond: High Plains, and more). My only regret is that we didn’t have time for a dip at […]