Buttermilk Country Rock Climbing

Inyo National Forest

Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California

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Buttermilk Country Rock Climbing

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  • Looking down on Bishop from the top of Buttermilk Country.- Buttermilk Country Rock Climbing
  • Looking over the Owens River Valley with the White Mountains on the Horizon.- Buttermilk Country Rock Climbing
  • Birthday Boulder Trailhead.- Buttermilk Country Rock Climbing
  • Night bouldering.- Buttermilk Country Rock Climbing
  • Dispersed Camping with Basin Mountain in the background.- Buttermilk Country Rock Climbing
  • Dirt Roads through Buttermilk Country.- Buttermilk Country Rock Climbing
  • Checker Board Boulder parking.- Buttermilk Country Rock Climbing
  • Ranger Rock Boulder.- Buttermilk Country Rock Climbing
  • Hero Roof V0.- Buttermilk Country Rock Climbing
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  • Climbers enroute.- Buttermilk Country Rock Climbing
  • Gabe Villanueva on Smooth Shrimp Boulder V6.- Buttermilk Country Rock Climbing
  • View across the boulders.- Buttermilk Country Rock Climbing
  • Saigon Boulder: Saigon V6 (left side), Saigon V9 (left side, direct).- Buttermilk Country Rock Climbing
  • Crash pads.- Buttermilk Country Rock Climbing
  • Drifter Boulder.- Buttermilk Country Rock Climbing
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  • Drifter Boulder.- Buttermilk Country Rock Climbing
  • Drifter Boulder: High Plains Drifter V7.- Buttermilk Country Rock Climbing
  • Main Access Trailhead.- Buttermilk Country Rock Climbing
  • The junction of NF-07S01 and 07S01E.- Buttermilk Country Rock Climbing
  • East Access Trailhead.- Buttermilk Country Rock Climbing
  • Buttermilk Country with Basin Mountain and the Eastern Sierra in the background.- Buttermilk Country Rock Climbing
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
World-class granite bouldering. Beautiful views of the Eastern Sierra. Nearby free camping.
Cons: 
No amenities.
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Region:
Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, CA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Buttermilk Country is a world-class classic bouldering destination spread out in the high desert below the Eastern Sierra Nevada and right outside of Bishop. There have been numerous groundbreaking ascents over the years on some of the most aesthetic routes anywhere. The giant granitic quartz monzonite boulders blanket the desert, giving you vast open views of the Owens River Valley and nearby Basin Mountain. There is free dispersed camping here, though there are no amenities. In order to help keep folks from unnecessarily hiking onto the fragile desert re-vegetation areas, volunteers have lined the trails with rocks. Please do you part and be mindful of staying on the trail.

There are a lot of big highball problems here, and the routes made of crimps, slopers, and edges make for a finger cutting good time. The landings are fairly safe and flat for the most part, though the top outs are usually above 15 to 20 feet. Be sure to bring enough pads to make a soft landing. Always scout out your down climbs, because they can sometimes be half the battle. Occasionally the Buttermilks get crowded during the mild spring and fall seasons, so be sure to start early to get on the routes you want to project. There is a nice, friendly atmosphere here, as everyone is out enjoying climbing at such a beautiful place. Make friends, share pads, spots, beta, and have fun bouldering at the Buttermilks.

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