BISHOP FALL HIGHBALL CRAGGIN' CLASSIC
November 1-3, 2019
**Registration opens September 3, 2019. Information and prices are subject to change until then.
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. Saturday night will feature presentations by YOSAR member Jim Reynolds and CAMP athlete Madeline 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 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.
GENERAL WEEKEND PASS: $35*
INCLUDES: AAC trucker hat and event cup; free beers for 21+; entrance into the Friday film showing 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.
CLINIC REGISTRATION: $70*
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!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1st
5:00 PM: Community Conversation Hour
Join us for a diversity and inclusion conversation hour! This event will focus on the work of organizations working to promote diversity and inclusion in the outdoors. A representative from each group will briefly introduce themselves and their organization. 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: 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 a showing of the Film Fest. 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
After the show, head back across the street and enjoy a drink with friends. Start the weekend off right with good times in downtown Bishop.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd
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.
TIME TBD: 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.
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Mountain Artists Gallery Hour at Black Sheep Coffee Roasters
All weekend long we will be having a pop-up showcase of fine artists in the Black Sheep. Drop by anytime during the weekend to observe a sampling of mountain-inspired artwork. Between 6 and 7 pm on Saturday all the artists will be gathered together in the venue, so come meet the artists and learn more about their work and what inspires them.
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM: Downtown Climber Celebration with Mountain Rambler Brewery
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, beer (21+), an overwhelming silent auction and raffle where you can score some incredible deals on top-end gear, and not to mention pull-up contests, games, good people, and high fives. Always good times. Always. Guaranteed.
8:00 PM: Presentations by Jim Reynolds and Madeline 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. Doors open at 7:30pm. Seating is limited and space is not guaranteed.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd
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!
**2019 Clinic List coming soon!
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.
Event Locations & Times:
Social Hour—Friday, Nov 2 @ 5:30pm: Downtown Bishop (232 N Main St. Bishop, CA 93514)
Films—Friday Nov 2 @ 7:30pm: Bishop Twin Theatre (237 N Main St. Bishop, CA 93514)
After Party—Friday, Nov 2 @ 9:00pm: Downtown Bishop (232 N Main St. Bishop, CA 93514)
Clinics—Saturday, Nov 3 @ 8:00am: Downtown Bishop (232 N Main St. Bishop, CA 93514)
Yoga—Saturday, Nov 3 @ 4:30pm and Sunday Nov 4 @ 7:00am: FlowMotion Yoga and Pilates (168 W. Line St.)
Climber Party—Saturday, Nov 3 @ 4:00pm: Downtown Bishop (232 N Main St. Bishop, CA 93514)
Slideshow—Saturday, Nov 3 @ 8:00pm: Bishop Twin Theatre (237 N Main St. Bishop, CA 93514)
Volunteer Breakfast—Sunday, Nov 4 @ 8:30am: Downtown Bishop (232 N Main St. Bishop, CA 93514)
$2 at The Pleasant Valley Pit; $10 at Pleasant Valley Campground; free dispersed camping on the Inyo National Forest around the Buttermilks and/or BLM land surrounding the Tablelands.
JOIN THE FUN:
Get the latest event updates by joining the Bishop Fall Highball Craggin' Classic Facebook page!
If you have any questions regarding the Bishop Fall Highball Craggin' Classic, please contact Event Coordinator McKenzie Long at [email protected]