Eastside/Bishop Area Rock Climbs — Finally a new guide book to the Alabama Hills with plenty of photos and overview maps so you can actually find the clibs! Guide contains routes in the Alabama Hills, Whitney Portal, Buttermilk Country, Cardinal Pinnacle, Happy Boulders, Pine Creek.

Rock Climbing in the Alabama Hills

The crags which make up the Alabama Hills are located in the Alabama Hills Recreation Area, land which is administered by the Bureau of Land Management. The BLM have made a success story of climbers and land managers working together to preserve the environment, archeological and historical sites and traditional forms of recreation.

Alabama Dome

North Face (Right to Left)
A: Blockade Runner 5.10c *** Excellent edge climbing. This old bolt ladder has had the bolts replaced and moved to make it more leader friendly. 6 bolts to chains.
B: Dihedral Dance 5.10c *** Wild steep climbing. 6 bolts to chains.
C: Gone with the Wind 5.10a *** Arete. The best route on the crag, possibly one of the best routes in the Hills.

West Face (Right to Left)
D: Virginia Soil 5.9 (TR) Right side of Arete.
E: Southern Man 5.9** Face left of V cracks. 7 bolts.
F: Sweet Home Alabama 5.10a Left V crack. 2 bolt anchor.
G: Sherman's March 5.10b Right V crack. 6 bolts to anchors. Rap Gone with the Wind

Directions: This excellent rock is located approximately a half mile south of Whitney Portal Road on Horseshoe Meadows Road. Follow along the north side of the rocks on your right to a prominent west face with a V crack on its right side. The north face has the best rock.

From the Guide to the Alabama Hills by Michael Strassman

Whitney Portal


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