Bishop Update!

Besides the fact that my girlfriend is back in Canada now and I’m alone, and grumpy, Bishop has been treating me very well.  I’ve met some of the best people I’ve met in a very long time, some Austrians, some Germans, an Alaskan and a Netherlander named Enzo.  The Germans rented a big RV from LA and it was home base for them for the last three weeks,  genius really.  It was big and warm and parked less than a three minute walk from the base of Evilution.  Amazing.  I’ve managed to warm up a little bit and tick some moderate classics.  But my skin feels like the ass of a newborn baby, and so, I have to ease into it.  The granite at the Buttermilks will grab you and rip you open if you’re not careful, so one has to be willing to move around, change up your lines and be flexible.  On top of it all, it snowed the day after I arrived and all the highballs are now covered in snow.  So I can’t even get up the backside to check them out,  not without some crampons anyway.  Hopefully soon, Bishop has some of the best, most aesthetic looking highballs anywhere in the world.

On that note.  The Mandala broke again yesterday, so the new rumor spreads.  But maybe ‘crumbled’ is the better term.  Do y’all remember the right hand nothing crimp that Dave Graham found while inspecting the line with a step ladder?  The one that changed the way it was climbed and graded?   Yah, that one.  I didn’t even realize it was big enough to break.  I mean how can something break from nothing?  But it has and now, people might have to resort to Sharma’s original 18 move sequence to unlock the line again.  If you forgot what that complex sequence looks like, I think Big Up has it on one of their videos.   Just a presumption.  I really don’t know.  I’ll have a close look today.  Stand by.

Buttermilk Road.

Me mum is from Winnipeg, ya, and me Pa is from Michigan, don’t ya know?  And Me van is from Hope.

Getting Medieval on that shit.

Haroun and the Sea of Stories, V11,  hands fucking down, the BEST boulder problem in the whole entire WORLD.

Zee wee German girl, crushing the upper crimps from the stand start.  V9.

And that’s all I got for today.

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  • Great photos, Sonnie. Haroun is freaking amazing.

    Also, Sharma’s FA of the Mandala is in Dosage 1.

  • Paully

    Apparently the mandala was broken when someone was using the hold as a footchip. Also, there is speculation that it may even be easier post-break.

  • Sonnie Trotter

    Paully, thanks. I hiked up to see it yesterday and it actually didn’t look that bad, but from my personal observation – it looks smaller, but sharper than before, and perhaps harder to grab on the fingers as it is now shaped more like a little “smile” than a flat edge (albeit a microscopic one) but who knows. Happy crimping.

  • Great blog post. What kind of camera do you use? Your pictures are stunning.

  • Simon Parton

    That’s too bad it broke but I’m glad to hear that the hold is still kind of there ’cause it’s on the top of my to do list. I’ll be in bishop on the 11th/12th if you’re still kickin’ around.

  • Sonnie Trotter

    Simon, Mandala won’t be a problem for you, there’s always another way to climb it when one is as strong as you are. Matt, it’s not the camera, it’s the location:) Canon 60D, 24-105mm.

  • Rob

    I agree with Matt; great pictures the area looks absolutely stunning. Hope the snow isn’t getting in the way too much anymore.

  • Dan

    What an amazing place. Can’t wait to be back there in February.

    And mom’s from Winnipeg, eh? If you’re ever in the Peg visiting, come down to the indoor gym (Vertical Adventures), it’s always a good time.

  • Philly Cheese

    Hey Sonnie,

    My palms are sweating, I’m heading to Bishop in early january for the first time. Thanks for the heads up on the skin thrashing (I have promptly taken the cheese grater out to get some wear on these badboys).

    Again, keep the amazing posts, they keep an urban slave like me psyched as hell for the great outdoors!

  • yohans

    If anyone is interested, a couple pics of the hold that broke off have been put on