Monday, July 9, 2007

Climbing the Church of The Lost and Found

I found this amazing picture of a climb named Church of the Lost and Found in a guidebook about Bishop area bouldering. All I could think of was how much I wanted to do this climb. So I talked my Dad into a weekend road trip to go up and find it. The climb itself is pretty much in the middle of nowhere and requires some pretty good searching. I found it and here are the pictures of the climb.

This climb has an amazing setting overlooking the Owens River Gorge

The climb is rated at a v1 and is pretty solid at that grade.

Notice my Dad's knee in the next few pictures ;)

Luckily the climb has a rock at its base so it gives you the needed inspiration to not fall.

The climbing is on perfect small crimps and pockets in the volcanic tuft. The rock on the climb is surprisingly smooth thanks to water polishing.

The Crux involves stepping up on a bad foot with a bad left hand pull and moving to a perfect half hand pocket.

Whew, got it!

The jug at the top is bomber

Here comes the mantel.

There is a hidden pull on the lip that took a little while to find.

Pressing it out.

Looking down at an amazing climb. I give it 5 stars and would recommend it to anyone climbing in the Bishop area if they can find it.

One last view of one of my favorite boulder problems

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