Climbing has exploded in popularity and our public lands are seeing the effects.
The Bishop Area Climbers Coalition, Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA), and Friends of the Inyo in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office, the Inyo National Forest, and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power have hired two climbing rangers to patrol the increasingly popular climbing and bouldering areas in the Bishop area. Additional help from the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and individual organization fundraising events have contributed funds to help support the two climbing ranger positions.
The rangers patrol the Tablelands, Happys and Sads, the Buttermilks, Pine Creek, the Owens River Gorge and Upper Gorge, the Sacreds, and the Druids, providing education to climbers about where to park and camp, Leave No Trace principles, and climbing etiquette. Climber Coffee is held every Saturday (November-April) to help develop a community forum for climbers in the area.
The climbing rangers also track visitor use patterns including documenting parking and camping uses, tracking changes over time, and oversee restoration and stewardship activities such as campsite clean-up, trail delineation, educational signage, planting native plants in heavily used areas, etc. They coordinate volunteer events and look to remedy issues such as off-road travel and otherwise recommend long-term solutions to increasing use patterns.
Thank you to everyone that has contributed funds so far for this important program. Funding this program is ongoing, please consider donating if you’re able.
Join us as we ensure climbing on our public lands continues to be done with as little impact as possible.