Sierra Nevada’s deep and vast Owens River Gorge boasts the highest concentration of sport climbs in California. With over 300 routes ranging from 5.6 to 5.13 and year-round accessibility, this crag truly has something for everyone. The rock is a hard and compressed volcanic tuff filled with flakes, edges, pockets, and cracks, resulting in varied climbs guaranteed to keep you engaged! Most of the routes are near vertical and higher than 150 feet (45 m), providing panoramic views of the Bishop area’s landscapes. Owens River Gorge may just be the Golden State’s best-hidden climbing gem—come and see why!

  • Over 300 world-class sport climbs ideal for upgrading your skills on

  • Dry climate and warm temperatures make winter climbing a treat

  • Reliable rock and well-bolted lines guarantee a safe learning environment

Choose itinerary

Private Intro to Outdoor Climbing
Available upon request
Private Sport Climbing Course
Available upon request
Private Multi-Pitch Sport Climbing Course
Available upon request
Private Trad Climbing Course
Available upon request
Private Big Wall and Aid Climbing Course
Available upon request
Private Technical Self Rescue Course
Available upon request

Meet your guide

The Climbing School
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The Climbing School
The Climbing School is an organization of AMGA Certified Rock Guides dedicated to teaching climbers how to safely and efficiently spend time in the mountains or at the crag. They enjoy sharing their experiences with new and old friends and love pushing themselves and their guests to improve their skills in the mountains.

Things to know

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Owens River Gorge, CA, please refer to the US Government’s international travel guidelines and California’s official COVID-19 travel advice.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced climbing instructor with extensive knowledge of the area
      • One, two or four days of climbing courses depending on your chosen itinerary

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation
      • Accommodations
      • Food and snacks
      • Technical rock climbing equipment
  • If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.

    Prerequisites:

    Intro to Outdoor Climbing: No prior climbing experience necessary!
    Sport Climbing Course: Participants in this course must have prior experience top-roping 5.7 outside or 5.9 in the gym.
    Multi-Pitch Sport Climbing Course: Before participating in this course, you’re expected to have taken a sport climbing course or have experience leading sport climbs at a grade of 5.6 or higher.
    Trad Climbing Course: To participate in this course, you must have taken a previous sport climbing course or have experience top roping outside at a grade of 5.7 or higher and leading inside at a grade of 5.8 or higher.
    Big Wall and Aid Climbing Course: Before participating in this course, you’re expected to have taken a trad multi-pitch climbing course or have experience leading trad multi-pitch climbs at a grade of 5.8 or higher.
    Technical Self Rescue Course: Participants are expected to have previous experience climbing multi-pitch climbs.

  • Owens River Gorge has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, the Private Intro to Outdoor Climbing is perfect for you. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!

    For intermediate to advanced climbers, Owens River Gorge has loads of routes to spend the day on. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.

  • When it comes to technical climbing equipment, you’ll need:

      • Helmet
      • Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
      • Ropes
      • Climbing shoes
      • Cord — 7 mm, 15 feet
      • Prusik cord
      • Sling — 120 cm
      • Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)

    Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
      • Water bottle
      • Food you can eat on-the-go
      • Hiking or approach shoes
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional

    You will be provided with a more detailed equipment list upon booking your desired course.
    Some additional equipment, such as the assisted braking belay device, quickdraws, alpine draws, and micro-traction style device, can be provided by your guide.
    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • The max guest-to-guide ratio for the Intro to Outdoor Climbing, Sport Climbing Course, Trad Climbing Course, and the Technical Self Rescue Course is 4:1.
      • The max guest-to-guide ratio for the Multi-Pitch Sport Climbing Course is 3:1.
      • The max guest-to-guide ratio for the Big Wall and Aid Climbing Course is 2:1.
      • For these private courses, costs per person decrease as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.

    Climbing courses in Owens River Gorge can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to the Owens River Gorge, most people fly into Reno Tahoe International Airport 4 hours away. From there, you can rent a car or take a bus.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

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