Longer multi-pitch climbing is where it is at for us! We love getting up high and the sense of commitment that comes with being hundreds of feet above the horizontal. This program continues our Rock II course and gives you more practice on longer multi-pitch routes and will really get you into the swing of being high off the ground as one pitch flows into the other.
Expansive views, air below your feet and the challenge of getting back down to the ground again. Certainly there is a lot to learn, but it will open up a whole new range of opportunities and options once you master these skills in the company of an experienced professional.
We have a lot of options available close to Bishop and we can fine tune it depending upon the day and the weather. But our main goal is to climb in Pine Creek with an ascent of one of the routes on POSSOM (Named for Palisade School of Mountaineering and owner, local luminary guide John Fisher) where we have 5-6 pitch routes at a 5.6 to 5.9 level of difficulty a scant 15 minute walk from the car. Routes generally follow crack systems and occasional slab moves on lower angle rock.
Our guides are American Mountain Guides Association trained so you can expect the highest level of climbing and safety knowledge combined with solid instructional skills and professionalism.
Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for warm or cold, wet or dry weather, a sack lunch, sunscreen, sun hat, 2 quarts water, snacks, camera and film, and a daypack to carry it all.
We highly recommend that you spend at least one night at moderate altitude (higher than 8,000′) just prior to the trip. Spending a night in Mammoth would do the trick. Please refer to our Planning for Success info sheet for more info.