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 will be focused on 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 or Sunday (November-April) to help develop a community forum for climbers in the area.
The climbing rangers will also track visitor use patterns including documenting parking and camping uses, tracking changes over time, and will oversee restoration and stewardship activities such as campsite clean-up, trail delineation, educational signage, planting native plants in heavily used areas, etc. They will help coordinate volunteer events and look to remedy issues such as off-road travel and otherwise recommend long-term solutions to increasing use patterns. Read the full press release.
Thank you to everyone that has contributed funds so far for this important program. We are still collecting donations, please consider giving if you’re able.