Will the REAL Bishop February Please Stand Up?

Well, we were told how unusual the weather has been in Bishop,Ca lately. Apparently February does not usually call for +26C and blue sky every day.

On Friday, we were enjoying views like this:

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Jonty and Moira happy, Bishop CA

We were hot and chalky and a bit sunburnt, but very happy!

… and this…

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Jonty Sending V4 Happy Boulders Bishop CA

Jonty sending one of his “inspiration” lines – a VERY sharp (it drew blood… many times…) and VERY steep V4!

… and this!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Citrus salad with hazelnuts and goat cheese

The trek back down to Eddie after a very successful day at the Happy Boulders.

Two days later, the forecast was supposed to change and bring some cooler temperatures. We woke up to our first grey-sky day in over a week, and the temperatures had definitely plummeted! Yup, that’s snow…

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Jonty and Moira in snow at the Druid Stones, Bishop CA

Hiking up to the Druid Stones. We were cold and snowy and a bit wind-burned, but still very happy!

The Druid Stones is another bouldering area just outside Bishop. The hike is pretty significant (like 40 minutes up 1150 feet, to an altitude of 6150 feet). We thought it would be good to hike this WITHOUT bouldering pads, just to have a look around and decide if the problems were going to be worth hiking back for. The boulders looked pretty fantastic!

We kept commenting on the size of them…

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Jonty standing beside Druid Stones, Bishop CA

Now, this IS classified as a super-high, super-scary boulder problem. Jonty stands just over 6′2″, as a reference…

and shape of them…

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Frog Rock formation at Druid Stones, Bishop CA

… and I shall call you “Frog Rock”…

How the heck do rocks end up like this?!?
ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Jonty at Druid Stones, Bishop CA

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Jonty looking at V5 Arch Drude Druid Stones, Bishop CA

Jonty scoping out a potential problem.

After hiking around for about an hour, the snow-fall was becoming relentless and we were both starting to feel the cold…
ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Moira in the snow, under The Wave, Druid Stones, Bishop CA

… but that didn’t stop me from trying to surf “The Wave” boulder!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Moira in the snow, under The Wave, Druid Stones, Bishop CA

Surfing “The Wave”, because I’m cool like that… and it makes my husband laugh 🙂

The boulders definitely look pretty neat, so we think it may be worth a trip back, with all the gear. The plan might be to head back up here on Thursday and Friday, once the weather clears up a bit and dries of the rock.

2 Comments

  1. Snow one moment and melting the next-sounds like Saskatchewan but definitely not the frog rock scenery! Sounds like and looks like you’re having an amazing holiday. Keep it up! Love you,
    Mom

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    1. Yup, the forecast was right! It was pretty chilly last night and today isn’t supposed to be super warm. But temps increasing to low 20s by Wednesday. Hopefully we can survive!! We’re glad we brought toques and puffy jackets!

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