The friends I’ve made here have been incredible. Dennis Lim invited me and several other friends over for a dinner party last night and made a memorable toast: “To my Bishop family”. The words meant alot to me; they made me feel like I’ve really joined the community here. I’ve made a small circle of friends here that I’ll miss, and I feel selfish for leaving them.
Dennis at work on the perfect Greek Roast Leg of Lamb
I’m headed to Reno next.
Bishop CA to Reno NV
I’m surprised, I miss the big city atmosphere. I always thought of myself as one of those people who could go live off-the-grid somewhere with nothing but books to keep me company. I no longer think that I would be happy doing that. What I’ve discovered most about myself on this trip is that what I really crave is balance. Balance between city and nature, work and leisure, adventure and routine, exercise and recovery, solitude and company.
I came to Bishop with the desire to make Looney Binge 5.12c my long-term project.
Looney Binge – 5.12c. The route climbs the horizontal roof flake
I only worked it for two sessions before giving up on it. Getting shut down by a hard climb that I looked forward to for months was something I needed to re-center myself. Since getting trounced on that route, I’ve woken up every morning and worked out. Lots of stretching and ab exercises. A strong core is the next step in my climbing game.
It took me a few weeks of sport climbing to get my endurance back. Once I felt like I had the endurance to give a hard climb multiple burns, I started ticking off a bunch of 5.11s. My most proud was From Chocolate to Morphine – 5.11d.
Unfortunately I didn’t send any 5.12’s here in the Owens River Gorge. I was getting pretty close with Piranha – 5.12b. Yesterday was my third session on it, and I was pretty close to fine-tuning my beta. A couple more sessions and I would have sent it for sure.
If I’m so close, why am I leaving Bishop? For the sake of my finger-tips, I need to take a week or two off climbing. Luckily the damage is only skin-deep. I’ll still be training pretty hard this week, working on abs, flexibility, and the one-armed pull-up.
Thanks to everyone who made my stay in Bishop special.
Dennis working Piranha – 5.12b. Maria belaying.
Maria sending Megaplex – 5.11c. Dennis belaying.
Simone finishing pitch 2 of Towering Inferno – 5.11b
- Simone and I enjoying our victory atop the Owens River Gorge
Blake, Stephanie, and Derek surprised me in Bishop 🙂
Downtown Bishop, CA
I’ll definitely miss this place. When I’m ready to climb again, hopefully I’ll come back to Bishop. Right now I’ve got nothing planned for June. It’s a good feeling.