Bishop Fall Highball 2009
The Sierra Nevada Section’s annual Fall Highball in Bishop, CA can be officially considered nothing shy of a success. A collaboration between the AAC, Friends of the Inyo, the Access Fund, the Eastern Sierra Cimbers’ Coalition, and the local land managers, the Inyo National Forest (USFS), the weekend kicked off with a morning of volunteer work at Peabody Boulders in the Buttermilks. With coffee and breakfast to fuel them, volunteers spent a few hours cleaning up trash as well as protecting vegetation and habitat.
Saturday evening, the fun continued at the Inyo Council for the Arts in downtown Bishop, where Doug Robinson (winner of the AAC’s Literary Award) presented his slideshow, “Eastside—way Cool: Tales from Armadillos in the Iron Age to the Cutting-Edge Now.” The show connected the history of climbing in the Eastern Sierra “from Norman Clyde to modern-day pioneers” (Inyo Register, 11/7/09). Attendees also had the opportunity to bid in a silent auction throughout the evening, with all proceeds benefitting the effort to construct a permanent bathroom facility in Buttermilk Country.
Sunday morning held an informal coffee between local climbers and federal land managers from the Inyo National Forest and the BLM, back at Peabody Boulders. From there, great weather made for a perfect climbing day. Check out the photos below for some of the best parts of the event!
The Sierra Nevada Section of the AAC would like to give special thanks to Darren Malloy, a local Bishop climber whose efforts were vital to the event’s success. Thanks Darren!
1. SNS members at the Buttermilks trail work day: Les Wilson, Fred Glover, Lewis Richards, Kat Meehan, Joe Meyer, Alan Steck, Bev Wilson, Michael Steck, Sarah Steck, Ellen Lapham
2. Three generations of climbers who volunteered: Sarah, Michael and Alan Steck.
3. Doug Robinson and Fred Glover (SNS member who was the key organizer for the event)
4. The climber volunteers at the Buttermilks.
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