As well as great mountains, the east side of California’s Sierra Nevada range has an enviable wealth of rock climbing: white granite at Whitney Portal, the pocketed volcanic rock of Deadman’s Summit, sculptured domes in Granite Basin, and the well known Owens River Gorge. Just west of Bishop, the Buttermilks are one of the most aesthetic places anywhere to learn the basics of rock climbing, just a stroll from the car.
Regardless of the time of year, there’s always a place to climb in the Eastern Sierra. If you don’t know how to climb but would like to get started, start with our climbing school introductory lessons. Our AMGA-certified rock climbing guides are local, climb religiously, and are always excited to take you and your family out for climbing lessons in the Eastern Sierra, from Lone Pine through Bishop and Mammoth clear to Lee Vining. Just show up – we can rent you climbing shoes!
Sierra Mountain Center is your “one stop” for acquiring rock climbing skills or for just getting out onto the rock and having a good time climbing. Our rock climbing program offers a complete progression from the basics to what we believe to be the most complete self-rescue course available.