November 1-3, 2019

The Bishop Craggin’ Classic is SOLD OUT! Thanks for your interest and we hope you’ll join us next year!

This November 1st - 3rd , the American Alpine Club and CAMP Technical Adventure Equipment invite you to the world-class climbing mecca of Bishop, California for the annual Eastside climbing party, the Bishop Fall Highball Craggin' Classic!

This 3-day climbing festival is a true celebration of climbing and community in the Eastern Sierra. Started over a decade ago by local climbers looking to clean up the Buttermilks and afterwards drink some beers with friends, the Highball has always been a grassroots event by climbers, for climbers. The event has grown to feature films, climbing clinics, slideshows, games, gear, local beer, and good times—all in a massive gathering in the heart of downtown Bishop. And of course, we take pride by giving back through local stewardship projects, which take place in the Volcanic Tablelands and the Buttermilks.

This year we are opening the weekend with a special Community Conversation Hour, followed by a showing of the fan favorite, REEL ROCK 14. Saturday night will feature presentations by YOSAR member Jim Reynolds and CAMP athlete Madaleine Sorkin. In typical Craggin’ fashion, the weekend will include two nights of parties, service projects to tend to the land we love, and climbing clinics to keep you safe and climbing harder. Not attending a clinic? No problem, because we have a free sacred spaces walk hosted by local eco-tourism outfit, Legendary Skies Enterprises, free yoga at Flowmotion Yoga and Pilates, oh and there’s good climbing. All over. In the Eastern Sierra. More need not be said.

Keep in touch, stay up to date on the event schedule, share photos, and find climbing partners and carpools in the Facebook group: American Alpine Club Bishop Fall Highball.

Online registration closes at midnight on Oct 31 or when SOLD OUT.


INCLUDES: AAC trucker hat and event cup; free beers for 21+; entrance into the Friday showing of REEL ROCK at the Bishop Twin Theatre (space not guaranteed, limited seating) and the after-party; entrance to Saturday evening Downtown Climber Party with Mountain Rambler Brewery; entrance to Jim Reynolds and Madeline Sorkin Slideshows (space not guaranteed, limited seating). Event ticket price does not include clinics.

Up your game with an array of climbing clinics taught by pros, hosted by Sierra Mountain Guides. Clinics are $70. AAC members will receive a 10% discount on clinics. All clinics run Saturday, November 3rd from 8:00am-4:00pm. Please show up 15-20 minutes early, ready to go, at the event HQ in downtown Bishop across the street from the Bishop Twin Theatre. All clinic attendees will need to fill out a Sierra Mountain Guides waiver, either digitally or in paper before the clinic.

*Current AAC members receive 10% off registration!




  • 5:00 PM: Get to Know Your Climbing Community Social Hour
    Join us for a diversity and inclusion conversation hour! This event will focus on the work of some incredible organizations working to promote diversity and inclusion in the outdoors. Groups include Paradox Sports, Climb the Gap, Natives Outdoors, Indigenous Women Hike, and more! After intros, the event will resume in an open-air market setting in which participants can mingle, ask questions, and visit as many different organizations as they would like. We hope to stimulate small, personal conversations that promote action. This is your chance to get to know and support some truly awesome organizations!

  • 7:30 PM: REEL ROCK 14 Film Fest at Bishop Twin Theatre with Comedian Monte Montepare
    After forming some new friendships, head across the street to the Bishop Twin Theatre and grab a seat for the REEL ROCK Film Fest’s showcase of brand new films for 2019. Introduced by climbing guide and comedian Monte Montepare, we will show a climbing-centric mix of films to awe, impress, and fuel the stoke. Doors open at 7:00 pm at the Bishop Twin Theatre (237 N Main St. Bishop, CA 93514). Seating in the theater is limited and tickets do not guarantee a seat—show up early and grab a space in line to secure a good spot.

  • 9:00 PM: After-Party with Eastside Brewed Beer
    After the show, head back across the street and enjoy a drink from the local June Lake Brewery or Mountain Rambler Brewery. Start the weekend off right with good times in downtown Bishop.



  • 8:00 AM - 4:00PM: Climbing Clinics taught by the Pros and Hosted by Sierra Mountain Guides
    Saturday morning will start bright and early with a full lineup of climbing clinics taught by pros and local guiding outfit Sierra Mountain Guides—these cover a range of important and useful skills appropriate for any level climber. Please show up 15-20 minutes early, ready to go, at the event headquarters in downtown Bishop. See below for clinic descriptions and details.

  • 7:45 AM: Free Yoga for Climbers at FlowMotion Yoga and Pilates (168 W. Line Street)
    Not attending a clinic? Start your day with stretching and care for your body along with other climbers at a free yoga class right in downtown Bishop.

  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Payahuunadü Walking Tour
    Join us on a beautiful walking tour of Payahuunadü, the place of flowing water, hosted by Legendary Skies Enterprises. See your favorite climbing areas through the eyes of the Paiute-Shoshone people, the first stewards of this land. This event is free and open to the public, limited to the first twenty guests. Advance online registration is required. This tour will meet at the intersection of Five Bridges Road and Fish Slough Road (where the pavement turns to dirt).

  • 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM: Downtown Climber Celebration with Mountain Rambler Brewery and Fat Tire
    Join the crew and howl at the moon at our annual climber gathering in downtown Bishop! After clinics and climbing, come back into Bishop for our DownTown ThrowDown, hosted by our friends at Mountain Rambler Brewery and Black Sheep Coffee Roasters, and featuring free swag, local food vendors, Eastside-brewed beer, Fat Tire from New Belgium (for those 21+), an overwhelming silent auction and raffle where you can score some incredible deals on top-end gear, plus pull-up contests, games, good people, and high fives. Always good times. Guaranteed.

  • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Get to Know the Climber Grief Fund
    The AAC has pioneered a new program to address loss in the climbing community. The Climbing Grief Fund (CGF) evolves the conversation around grief and trauma in the climbing community and connects individuals to effective mental health professionals and resources. Stop by the AAC booth to learn more about the CGF with a certified mental health professional.

  • 8:00 PM: Presentations by Jim Reynolds and Madaleine Sorkin
    When the time is right, head across the street to the Bishop Twin Theatre and grab a seat. There will be two presentations by two inspiring athletes. Jim Reynolds, YOSAR member and lover of all things rock, will open our evening with his presentation, “The Churning Lands.” Prepare to be on the edge of your seat as Jim takes you through the tales of some of his favorite adventures, from our very own Sierra Nevada to the big peaks of Patagonia. After a brief intermission, we’ll welcome Madaleine Sorkin, CAMP athlete and big wall hero. In “Making Space for Change,” Madaleine will take us through a twenty-year climbing career, learning to make space for an evolving self and relationship to climbing. She will discuss founding the Climbing Grief Fund (CGF) in 2018—a new program at the AAC that Madaleine, AAC staff and numerous volunteers continue to develop. Doors open at 7:30pm. Seating is limited and space is not guaranteed.



  • 7:00 AM - 8:15 AM: Free Sunrise Yoga at FlowMotion Yoga and Pilates (168 W. Line Street)
    Wake up and greet the day with a a free sunrise yoga class right in downtown Bishop.

  • 8:30 AM: Stewardship Volunteer Breakfast in downtown Bishop with Black Sheep Coffee
    Rally the crew back downtown for a free volunteer breakfast. Enjoy Great Bain bagels plus coffee from Black Sheep Coffee Roasters to get you caffeinated and ready to give back to the crag.

  • 9:00 AM: Eastside Stewardship Projects in the Buttermilks & Tablelands with Friends of the Inyo and Bureau of Land Management
    While sipping your morning Joe, sign up for an Eastside Stewardship Project and give back to this place that gives so much to us. Hosted by Friends of the Inyo and the BLM, you can choose a project in either the Buttermilks or the Volcanic Tablelands. Help out and take some ownership of the incredible climbing, precious scenery, and fragile ecosystem in the Eastern Sierra—it needs your love!

  • 9:00 AM - 1 PM: Moving Forward with Grief and Trauma Workshop, presented by Outdoor Research
    As climbers there is a high chance we will experience loss. Facilitated by both a mental health professional and professional athlete experienced with the topic, this clinic aims to create a professional and educational container to introduce grief, loss and trauma in climbing. Hosted at Bishop Cowork. More details below.


The best way to fine-tune your technique or educate yourself on rescue and ropes skills is to take a class from an expert.  Sign up for a clinic taught by professional climbing athletes and local climbing guides and open yourself to new possibilities, whether that is harder grades, new terrain, or a different style of climbing. Clinics are hosted by local guiding outfit, Sierra Mountain Guides.

All clinics run Saturday, November 2nd from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Clinics hold 12 individuals each, unless otherwise stated, with 1-2 instructors per clinic. Please show up 15-20 minutes early, ready to go, at the event headquarters in downtown Bishop. Climbers of all abilities are welcome, though basic climbing knowledge and proficiency is expected. All clinic attendees will need to fill out a Sierra Mountain Guides waiver, either digitally or in paper before the clinic.

Personal Equipment Needed: Personal climbing equipment including shoes, harness, chalk, helmet, personal anchor and belay/rappel equipment, hiking shoes, lunch, hydration, and appropriate clothing for climbing.

  • (SOLD OUT!) HUGE DAYS WITH A LIGHT RACK with Madaleine Sorkin, presented by CAMP Technical Adventure Equipment
    There are few things more fascinating or fulfilling than proficiently negotiating technical terrain on huge rock routes. Here, proficiency is the key … when everything we know and all the training we do comes together to create a very particular kind of accomplishment. This clinic is designed to explore the strategies and tactics involved in trying to improve our efficiency on big multi-pitch rock routes so we can ultimately move faster and climb higher. We will be studying the skills, the gear, and our objectives in order to distill this vast subject matter down to a digestible set of strategies and tactics that we can exercise in our regular climbing and training routines. The CAMP athletes teaching these clinics are absolute experts on the subject with bold first ascents around the world and numerous speed records across the United States from the Naked Edge in Eldorado Canyon to the Nose on El Capitan.

Prerequisites: Some previous experience climbing outdoors and a desire to get out into the mountains lighter and faster.

About Madaleine: Madaleine has been climbing since 1998 and guiding since 2002. She is a certified Rock Guide through the American Mountain Guides Association.  An elite big wall free climber, she has led up to 5.13+ on 35-pitch routes on El Capitan in Yosemite, California and the Diamond of Longs Peak, Colorado. She has made several first or early ascents of 5.12/5.13 Grade VI (multi-day) climbs, often in female teams and in remote areas around the world. With any goal, she plays with a balance of adventure, fun and pushing herself to perform her best.  Finding her sweet spot is a little different every day. She continues to be motivated for her personal climbing goals, and is honored to be guiding and coaching climbers of all levels to meet their own next wall.

  • (SOLD OUT!) LIGHT AND FAST ALPINISM with Max Tepfer presented by CAMP Technical Adventure Equipment
    Light & Fast Alpinism is a topic near and dear to us at CAMP. As the manufacturer of the lightest piece of gear in nearly every category we offer, we have a particular kind of insight into the subject. The Light & Fast Alpinism clinics that we teach at events are designed to go deep into the skills, strategies, and tactics that help us distill the big mountains down to something we can climb faster and safer, ultimately allowing us to set our sights ever higher.

Whether you are an experienced alpinist or beginning mountaineer, the benefits of the light & fast approach are indisputable. Being lighter means using less energy with every step we take and every move we make. It is also just downright more comfortable when we are in motion. Being fast equates directly to safety. It means we are navigating hazardous terrain more quickly and tagging the summit in time to descend safely. It is also the way we progress towards bigger objectives over time. This clinic covers the most important aspects of the light & fast approach with a short classroom session followed by an intensive field session where we work on the implementation of the skills, strategies, and tactics that are most useful for you. The professional athletes teaching these clinics have made light & fast a part of their very being. As we strongly believe that a commitment to the light & fast mentality is a commitment to an even more awesome life, we strongly believe that folks who take this clinic will get a lot out of it!

Pre-requisites: Intermediate to Advanced climbing ability.

About Max: Max first started venturing into the hills around Oregon as a junior in high school and was completely addicted by the time he got to college in 2005. The mountains and rocks of Oregon and Washington have taught him to love and cherish life in the hills and he’s taken those lessons to areas all over North America as well as to Europe, Chile, and Argentina. Highlights include a free ascent of Zion’s Moonlight Buttress, climbing El Capitan’s Nose in a day, the Beckey-Chouinard in 5.5 hours, and establishing 5.13 at the Northwest’s premier crack climbing venue. Max is actively pursuing full IFMGA certification through the AMGA and he loves nothing more than sharing that passion with other people who are excited about climbing and mountaineering.

  • (SOLD OUT!) SELF-RESCUE: GRI-GRI SAVES THE DAY! with Mike Doyle, presented by the AAC and La Sportiva
    In this clinic you’ll learn self-rescue skills every climber should know. Many improvised rescue curricula spend a large amount of time teaching complex improvisation skills: improvised ascension, improvised raising systems, improvised rappels. Instead, our Craggin Classic clinic will propose the GriGri as the centerpiece tool for small teams rescue. Meet the Grigri as pulley and progress capture. Meet the GriGri as an ascension tool. Meet the Grigri as a tandem rappelling tool. Meet the GriGri for leader rescue. It’s the one magical tool that you didn’t know you couldn’t live without.

Skill Level: All climbers are welcomed to participate, and there will be something valuable for any student. Students more experienced with Multipitch climbing will have more context for the skills presented.  Students who are already familiar with the use of GriGri for belaying a toprope and a leader will get to the rescue components more quickly. However, students who have never seen a GriGri before can still have a valuable experience in this clinic.

Additional Equipment: Basic climbing gear, including GriGri, 4’ nylon sling or cordellette, prussic loop, 2 or 3 locking carabiners. Please bring your own GriGri, if you own one.

  • (SOLD OUT!) TRAD IS RAD...FOR EVERYBODY with Jonathan Siegrist, presented by the AAC and La Sportiva
    Everybody should love trad. It’s not as scary as it everyone makes it seem. The biggest reason to learn trad is that trad climbs can be found at all difficulties. Try to find a 5.1 sport climb anywhere, but there are hundreds of 5.1 trad climbs. Trad climbs outnumber sport climbs on the lower half of the Yosemite Decimal System, so trad climbs are great places to learn to lead. In this clinic, we’ll teach real world skills to climb real world trad, but we’ll focus on grades that help you learn to place sound protection, manage a rope line, and route-find.

Skill Level: Beginners and new sport climbers will get the most out of this clinic. More experienced traditional lead climbers might enjoy a refresher and feedback from the instructor, but this clinic focuses on introducing trad climbing to a newer audience.

Pre-requisites: Some initial climbing and belaying experience is important. It’s hard to learn to lead anything without some basic toproping experience.

Additional Equipment: Ropes and Trad Racks will be helpful but not required.

  • (SOLD OUT!) ADVANCED SELF-RESCUE with Marcus Garcia, presented by Sterling
    Climbing remote routes in the mountains or on big walls can and (eventually) will lead to some dicey situations. Learn the strategies and techniques of self-rescue so that when things go wrong you can react appropriately and efficiently and get down safely. This clinic will teach you the skills to turn the complex problem of self-rescue into a manageable task. You will learn how to escape the belay, rappel safely and efficiently, create improvised ascending and rappelling systems, and make the right decision when there are 'no good options’.

Prerequisites: Previous experience climbing outdoors.

Additional Equipment: ATC Guide or Petzl Reverso Belay Device, a personal prussic (1.5 meter x 7mm), a longer cordalette (5 meter x 7mm), double length sling (120cm).

About Marcus: “Marcus Garcia might be the best climber you’ve never heard of.” — Rock and Ice Magazine, issue 238. Marcus, 42 years old from Durango, Colorado, is an all-around climber, and has established over 200+ new routes, including everything from traditional, alpine, sport, and mixed climbing to big walls and desert towers. However, his biggest accomplishment and legacy is not how hard he can push himself, but what he passes on to the next generation of climbers as a coach and mentor. As lead coach for youth Team USA Ice Climbing, Marcus is helping develop the next generation of Olympic Caliber athletes.

  • FROM GYM TO CRAG: HOW TO MAKE A SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION with Jason Contino, presented by Adidas
    If you have spent time in the gym and fell in love with climbing indoors, but are looking to learn the fundamentals of taking that knowledge outside, this clinic is for you. The skills covered in this clinic will be an introduction into top rope anchors, building anchors, knots and hitches, belaying and lowering, and rappelling.

Prerequisites: This clinic is appropriate for any climber at any phase in their climbing. It is advised that participants have prior experience in the gym but it is not necessary.

About Jason: Jason started climbing in high school at a YMCA in Pennsylvania then made his way to the Rocky Mountain during college to climb in New Mexico and Colorado. With a passion for the outdoors he moved to Colorado to work as trip leader, guiding rafting, climbing, and ski trips. He currently lives in Manitou Springs, CO spending most of his time outdoors.

  • (SOLD OUT!) WOMEN’S SPORT CLIMBING & MENTAL APPROACH CLINIC with Chelsea Rude, presented by Adidas
    Many women find strength and empowerment by climbing with other women. This is an opportunity to learn to push limits while sport climbing in this encouraging environment. Chelsea’s clinic will cover movement and technique, equipment choices, safety concerns, and tips on how to push your limit confidently on the sharp end. Participants will learn to overcome fear and doubts through exercises applied specifically to climbing. We will go through how to address thoughts, feelings, and emotions in order to live a climbing life based on your values and goals. Chelsea will teach what she’s learned through years of coaching climbing and sending hard climbs herself – and she will help you apply it to your specific situations. Available to all abilities.

    Prerequisites: Open to all abilities.

    About Chelsea: Chelsea Rude is a professional climber and coach. She coaches a local youth team in Boulder, and was one of the coaches for the US Climbing Team for a few years (2010-2013). In addition she has served on many committees within USA Climbing. She is currently focusing more of her energy on going on to graduate school to become a physician's assistant, but is still holding on tight to sending hard outside. Chelsea is currently ranked top 10 in the world for both sport climbing and bouldering. She has sent multiple 5.14’s and V11's.

  • (SOLD OUT!) PORTRAITURE FOR UNDER A POUND with Jim Herrington, presented by Adidas
    Jim Herrington’s one-day portraiture workshop will emphasize an approach that relies on natural light and minimal gear. Herrington will demonstrate how he travels the world with a very small kit, often working in less-than-ideal locations and situations. Herrington believes less in overpowering the scenario with soft boxes and gear and more in having a sensitivity to your surroundings and finding creative, often simple solutions to taking good photographs. Here is a chance to learn firsthand how Herrington shot the photographs for his book The Climbers as well as his celebrity and musician portraits over a decades-long career.

About Jim:  Jim Herrington is a photographer whose portraits of celebrities have appeared on the pages of Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, Outside and The New York Times as well as on scores of album covers for more than three decades. For nearly twenty years, and while traveling to ten countries, Herrington created a portrait series of early-to-mid 20th Century mountain climbing legends. The result is The Climbers, a collection of sixty black-and-white photographs that document these rugged individualists, including the likes of Royal Robbins, Reinhold Messner, Yvon Chouinard and Riccardo Cassin. Between the 1920s and 1970s these determined men and women used primitive gear along with their considerable wits, talent, and fortitude to tackle unscaled peaks around the world. In these images, Herrington has captured their humanity, obsession, intellect, and frailty. The Climbers received the Grand Prize at the 2017 Banff Film & Book Festival. Herrington’s photography has been exhibited internationally and is in numerous private collections. IG: @jimherrington

  • (SOLD OUT!) THE THREE BOULDERING TERRORS: SLABS, SLOPERS, AND MANTELS with Chris Schulte, presented by Black Diamond
    We’re all good at something, but most of us are bad at several things, especially when it comes to bouldering. Join pro boulderer Chris Schulte on splendid granite in the Buttermilks for a day of running through your worst fears and weaknesses, (mostly) fearless and hassle-free. We will cover the three main features that stop people when tackling boulder problems: slabs, slopers, and mantels. Chris will offer technique advice as well as help you develop mental strategies for pushing through the tough times.

Prerequisites: Previous experience climbing outdoors.

About Chris: Chris Schulte has been climbing for over twenty years, across the United States and Europe. An avid first ascensionist, his favorite areas are Fontainebleau, Indian Creek, and Ticino. He is known for squeezing slopers, long solo missions in the backcountry, and trying not to fall off high sandstone aretes. He is supported by Black Diamond, Five Ten, FrictionLabs, Sublime, and ClimbTech.

  • (SOLD OUT!) FOOTWORK AND FINESSE with Nik Berry, presented by Black Diamond
    To take your climbing to the next level, people often talk solely about getting stronger. Strength does help, but in order to really push boundaries, you will need to increase your skill. Find ways to improve your footwork, be more daring in your technique, and think more deeply about your movement in this intermediate clinic with Nik Berry.

Prerequisites: Intermediate to Advanced climbing ability.

About Nik: Dangling 2,800 feet above the floor of Yosemite Valley, Nik was second guessing his approach to climbing Freerider in a day when he heard, “Are you ok?” with a concerned tone. It turned out to be the incredibly strong and talented Hayden Kennedy and Will Stanhope who were rehearsing the stunning Salathe headwall. They threw a rope down to bail him out, and although he agreed to the rescue, embarrassment lingered. This all-in approach to climbing has lead to many sketchy experiences for Nik, and it has also brought him to his current point in my climbing. Today, Nik lives in SLC, UT, working as a nurse and perusing his all-consuming passion for rock climbing large chunks of stone. Career Highlights: FFA Sendero Luminoso 5.13D (Wind River Range), FFA Lunar Ecstasy 5.13 (Zion National Park), The Prophet 5.13D (Yosemite), Salathe 5.13 (Yosemite), Hallucinogen Wall 5.13 (Black Canyon), El Corazon 5.13 (Yosemite), Freerider 5.13a (in a day, Yosemite), FFA Wonderboy 5.13C R and China Doll 5.14a R.

  • LADY BETA BOULDERING with Becky Switzer, presented by Mystery Ranch
    Women have a unique physiology that is to be celebrated. This clinic covers how we as females can use our strengths to our advantage in order to move effectively and efficiently while climbing. Participants will learn footwork techniques, body tension tips, and strategies for working a project in a positive, supportive environment.

Prerequisites: Open to all abilities

About Becky: Becky grew up in the Midwest playing all the sports, sometimes going from one practice to the next on a school night. Many times she was the only girl on the team. Eventually she found herself in Bozeman and while dabbling in many outdoor activities, nothing fulfilled her like climbing. “I enjoy climbing for the same reason most people enjoy climbing—the strength and precision it demands, the problem solving component, and the lifelong friends you develop very quickly due to the amount of trust involved. For these reasons, I can comfortably call climbing my passion and obsession, and I’m completely at ease with this relationship”.

    Embark upon a true Buttermilk adventure and a journey through local climbing history on this very special guided tour of Smoke's Rock Course led by climbing “golden-era” legend Doug Robinson. Smoke's Rock Course is an old-school, class 4 and 5 scramble across Buttermilk country, first explored by Eastside climbing pioneer Smoke Blanchard. Your adventure will involve scrambling, climbing, chimneys, jumping, scooting, and hopping your way across granite formations and should only be attempted by those with adequate climbing skills and those comfortable climbing 4th and easy 5th class without a rope or harness. This is a true treat, a local’s secret, and some of the most fun you can have on the Eastside! Limited to 8 participants. Note: Saturday’s clinic will cover the first half of the course only. Participants may sign up for one or both clinics.

    Doug Robinson will be hosting a special second part to his popular Smoke’s Rock Course clinic. Typically the clinic timeframe can only cover the first half of the course, so this year Doug will be touring the second half of the course on Sunday morning. Smoke's Rock Course is an old-school, class 4 and 5 scramble across Buttermilk country, and will involve scrambling, climbing, chimneys, and hopping your way across granite formations. It should only be attempted by those with adequate climbing skills and those comfortable climbing 4th and easy 5th class without a rope or harness. There is no need to have done the first clinic on Saturday in order to take this second half tour, but it would be helpful and perhaps make this second half more enjoyable. Limited to 8 participants. Note: Sunday’s clinic will cover the second half of the course only. Participants may sign up for one or both clinics. This clinic will meet at 9 am on Sunday morning in the lower parking on Buttermilk Road before you make it to the main parking with the bathrooms. 

About Doug: Fifty-five years of climbing experience—including dozens of first ascents on ice, rock, and alpine terrain—Doug cut his teeth on Yosemite granite during the Valley’s Golden Age in the sixties. Doug is widely known as the father of clean climbing. In addition to developing climbing protection that allowed clean, non-destructive climbing to be possible, Doug’s essay, “The Whole Natural Art of Protection,” sparked the movement. In 1973, he made the first clean ascent of the face of Half Dome with Galen Rowell and Dennis Hennek, solidifying the clean-climbing revolution when the climb and ethics were featured as the cover story of National Geographic magazine.


  • MOVING FORWARD WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA, presented by Outdoor Research
    Sunday, 9:00 AM - 12:00PM, FREE @ Bishop Cowork

As climbers there is a high chance we will experience loss. Facilitated by both a mental health professional and professional athlete experienced with the topic, this clinic aims to create a professional and educational container to introduce grief, loss and trauma in climbing. All are welcome to participate and while there will be invitations for discussion and sharing, participants are also welcome to simply listen. At the end of the session there will be the option to climb together for the afternoon (not a guided activity).

*The AAC's Climbing Grief Fund provides individual grants for counseling and is evolving the grief conversation through visibility and a network of accessible mental health services that understand grief, trauma AND climbing.


Event Locations & Times:
Get to Know Your Climbing Community Social Hour—Friday, Nov 1 @ 5:30pm: Downtown Bishop (232 N Main St. Bishop, CA 93514)
REEL Rock 14—Friday Nov 1 @ 7:30pm: Bishop Twin Theatre (237 N Main St. Bishop, CA 93514)
After Party—Friday, Nov 1 @ 9:00pm: Downtown Bishop (232 N Main St. Bishop, CA 93514)
Clinics—Saturday, Nov 2 @ 8:00am: Downtown Bishop (232 N Main St. Bishop, CA 93514)
Yoga—Saturday, Nov 2 @ 7:45 AM and Sunday Nov 3 @ 7:00am: FlowMotion Yoga and Pilates (168 W. Line St.)
Payahuunadü Cultural Walking Tour—Saturday, Nov 2 @ 10:00 AM: Intersection of Five Bridges Road & Fish Sloug Road (where the pavement turns to dirt)
Climber Party—Saturday, Nov 2 @ 4:00pm: Downtown Bishop (232 N Main St. Bishop, CA 93514)
Presentations—Saturday, Nov 2 @ 8:00pm: Bishop Twin Theatre (237 N Main St. Bishop, CA 93514)
Volunteer Breakfast and Stewardship Projects—Sunday, Nov 3 @ 8:30am: Downtown Bishop (232 N Main St. Bishop, CA 93514)

The lands around Bishop are being loved to death, and overuse can quickly lead to access issues. Show how much you care about the area by camping in established campgrounds. These are great places to meet up with other climbers, minimize your impact, and respect the Bishop landscape. Some great camping options include the Pleasant Valley Pit (the climbers’ campground) which is only $5/night, Pleasant Valley Campground, and Horton Creek Campground.

  • Use the toilets before you head out climbing, and pack some waste disposal bags (aka Wag Bags) for your day out, or if a toilet isn’t available.

  • If there isn’t trash disposal at the campground, make sure to pack everything out with you.

  • Don’t create new campsites, and don’t camp on vegetation.

  • If you choose to have a fire, build it in a pre-established fire ring (don’t build a new one) and make sure it is completely out (cool to touch) before leaving it. Winds in the Owen’s Valley can be intense and can reignite a fire from sparks. And don’t use palettes--they leave nails and other debris behind.

Red Roof Inn is offering a 25% discount for climbers and Highball attendees! You must book directly through the hotel and not a third party site such as Expedia to receive the discount. Call Red Roof in directly to make your reservation and mention the Highball to have your discount applied.

Eastside Guesthouse is offering a 25% discount for climbers and Highball attendees! You must book directly through the hotel by calling 760-784-7077.

Additional Events:

Thursday, October 31

  • 7:00 PM: Rotpunkt: The Art of the Redpoint, hosted by the Bishop Area Climbers Coalition
    Join us at 7:00 pm for happy hour with swag, featuring a raffle and silent auction! Alex Megos will be in the here to host this screening along with the filmmaker, Ken Etzel. After the film, they'll be available for Q&A. Tickets are limited to the first 100 attendees for $15.

Sunday, November 2

  • 6:00 PM: The Climbers by Jim Herrington, brought to you by the BACC
    The Bishop Area Climbers Coalition is excited to host an evening with photographer Jim Herrington as he presents his book, The Climbers, which received the 2017 Banff Mountaineering History Award. Nearly 20 years in the making, The Climbers shares a stunning collection of portraits of icons in mountaineering- from Becky, Cassin, and Dienberger to Messner, Robbins, and Bonington. The Climbers reTo learn more visit Event will start at 6pm at the Inyo Council for the Arts, 137 South Main St.


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Questions ?
If you have any questions regarding the Bishop Fall Highball Craggin' Classic, please contact Event Coordinator McKenzie Long at [email protected]


Photos: AAC staff member Jeff Deikis