Situated in between Yosemite Valley and Bishop, Mammoth Lakes is surrounded by some of the worlds best climbing. The monstrous granite walls of Yosemite Valley are just over two hours away and bouldering in Bishop is 45 minutes down the grade, which makes Mammoth Lakes the perfect year-round base camp. In addition to Yosemite and Bishop, there are numerous climbing areas within and around the town of Mammoth that are less than 30 minutes away.
Just a few popular climbing areas include: Clark’s Canyon, Owens River Gorge, Rock Creek Canyon, Pine Creek Canyon, and Mammoth and June Lake areas. There is an incredible diversity of rock quality, and route difficulty and type at each crag. Whether you are looking for easy day cragging or multi-pitch climbs, you are sure to find it in the greater Mammoth Lakes area. The Eastern Sierra also offers access to incredible alpine and ice climbing.
Excited to climb but don’t know where to start? Check out Mammoth Climbing Guides! Mammoth Climbing Guides (MCG) is able to offer excellent customer service, education, training, custom trips, fast and light ascents, and one day climbs. MCG places an emphasis on small course sizes and guide to client ratios in order to improve their client’s experiences and achieve their climbing goals. MCG offers guided rock, alpine, and ice trips that can be customized to meet any request. Within rock guiding alone MCG offers nine different trips that cover everything from climbing introduction to advanced multi-pitch. They also offer instructional courses and certification assessments. MCG guides pride themselves on having passed rigorous guide assessment and training, and all MCG guides are certified in climber self rescue. Whether you are looking to experience a completely new adventure or want to hone your skills Mammoth Climbing Guides has a course for you.
Although technical climbing can be an intimidating sport to jump into, starting with a guided lesson can help improve your confidence and knowledge. With so many amazing climbing areas a short drive or hike away, Mammoth Lakes is the perfect spot to begin your climbing adventure. For more information on guided lessons check out Mammoth Climbing Guides website: mammothclimbingguides.com
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