Leaving Bishop is Bittersweet

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Leaving Bishop is Bittersweet

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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

Dennis at work on the perfect Greek Roast Leg of Lamb

I’m headed to Reno next.

Bishop CA to Reno NV

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

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.

Dennis working Piranha – 5.12b. Maria belaying.

Maria onsighting Megaplex - 5.11c

Maria sending Megaplex – 5.11c. Dennis belaying.

Simone finishing pitch 2 of Towering Inferno - 5.11b

Simone finishing pitch 2 of Towering Inferno – 5.11b

Simone and I enjoying our victory atop the Owens River Gorge

Simone and I enjoying our victory atop the Owens River Gorge

 

Kobeeeeeeeashi

Kobeeeeeeeashi

Blake, Stephanie, and Derek surprised me in Bishop :)

Blake, Stephanie, and Derek surprised me in Bishop 🙂

Downtown Bishop, CA

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.


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