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Mt Tom and friends at sunrise from the pit
picture of mt Tom

Bishop 2005

Feeling a little fat and weak from my months visiting relatives indoors, I need to get some power and readjust to living in the dirt. Bishop could be just the ticket. This plan was delayed a bit due to details like rain and snow and cold, but eventually I pulled into the Pit late one night and crashed out. The next morning I moved into a site and started looking for people I knew with only limited success. I bicycled to the Happys and warmed up by myself in the wonderfully warm sun, then I started meeting people I knew. It turns out that the high muckety mucks at the BLM want to rigidly enforce the 28 day limit at the pit, so some people have already been evicted and others have elected to save their pit days for later. harrumph, this is not a good sign. In fact, there were a number of changes to the pit this year. Most noticeably the fancy new concrete pit toilet, and the complete removal of the slack lines and posts, and the elimination of the recycling containers. One improvement and 3 unimprovements... not a good sign. It looks like the future, and it doesn't look good. Turns out there were some other hijinks (non climbers) at the pit including allegedly a few parole skippers and a meth lab and a registered sex offender (which might have something to do with the BLM's tightening of their control). Luckily those appear to have been cleared up before I got there.

Well enough of that nonsense. I came here to boulder and climb. After flailing around for a while (recovering strength, technique, and skin), I finally started to send some new problems. Just as I got into the swing of things, my 28 days are nearly up. Frustrating.

Thank you Looney Bean for the wireless link... Patronize these fine folks in Bishop.

We took a side trip to Saline Valley.
and to the Moon Tribe gathering.
and spun fire poi.

Jesse throws all points off in the tungsten boulders
picture of Jesse
Christy sends Go Granny Go
picture of go granny go
Jesse throws on the Ironman Traverse
picture of Ironman Traverse
Jeff relaxes at the pit
picture of Jeff
Rocket, newest pit denizen
picture of Rocket
Now that's a fire! (pallet for scale)
picture of fire
Moonset over Wheeler Crest
picture of moonset
Ted is on his own on "Black Magic"
picture of black magic
Tom on "Black Magic"
picture of black magic
Sequence on the Savanna boulder
picture of savanna
Baby rattlesnake (about pencil sized)
picture of rattlesnake
Another baby sidewinder (with watch for scale)
picture of rattlesnake
Skippy up by the buttermilks
picture of Skippy
Tara eyes the next hold in the Happys
picture of Tara
Tom using the force on "Jedi Mind Tricks"
picture of Tom
What is that in the crack? ...
picture of crew
... just Tara working the squeeze chimney "tara incognita"
picture of Tara
Blake demonstrates puffy lip technique
on "Lydia's big mouth"
picture of Blake
Christy guns for "big city boy"
picture of Christy
Cory works on his tan and the sit start to "buttermilk stem"
picture of Cory

You bravely got this far... Somehow, I was unable to leave the Bishop Vortex for a while longer, so I got a chance to boulder a lot more... Some of the problems that I sent included "every color you are", "Little country girl", "big city boy", "weapons of mass distraction", "work is a 4 letter word", "black magic", "Jedi mind tricks", "anti-hero", plus a number of repeats. I also had a number of "moot points" that unfortunately were not resolved into sends. Of course I left plenty of projects for my next visit, especially at the buttermilks.

As always, one of the nicest thing about a visit to Bishop was the community of people there. I had a good time hanging out and climbing with all the "pitizens" as well as working on my rest day skills such as hacky sack, poi, and slack lining. Other activities included sitting around fires, cooking up 25 pounds of pancake mix for everyone, soaking in the hot springs, and putting a day in "at the office" to surf and work on this web page. The weather this year was a bit odd, with a number of large wet storms passing through. There were only a few days where it felt too warm in the sun, and plenty where it was downright cold with the wind.

Dave shows the young-uns how to do the vulcan traverse
picture of Dave
Pictographs on the tableland
picture of pictographs
Skippy tries to break dance on a rest day
picture of Skippy
Isabel's finger shows just what the buttermilks can do
picture of finger
Vicky styles the crux of "hand to hand combat"
picture of Vicky
part of the painted lady invasion
picture of butterfly
Mark reaches up on "weapons of mass distraction"
picture of Mark
The end of "just another day in paradise"
picture of pit sunset