Buttermilks. No, Not Pancakes!

Buttermilks. No, Not Pancakes!

Bouldering in the Buttermilks - Bishop, Ca Believe it or not, this was my first time bouldering outdoors. I have spent my climbing career roped in either sport or trad climbing. I have bouldered at an indoor climbing gym for training, just never found myself dropping my rope and gear on a climb day. It [...]

Bouldering in the Buttermilks – Bishop, Ca

Believe it or not, this was my first time bouldering outdoors. I have spent my climbing career roped in either sport or trad climbing. I have bouldered at an indoor climbing gym for training, just never found myself dropping my rope and gear on a climb day. It felt great to break in my new Organic Climbing crashpad and get my pump on.

I loved the social aspect of bouldering which contrasts the loaner style of trad climbing (where you usually only see your climbing partner after 100-200 feet and it’s only to swing leads). I had an amazing time pushing through some boulder problems with my friends, some old and some new. I sent a few V2s and have quite a few V4 projects in the works. I’ll be back, likely more than I am willing to admit.

A brief and somewhat incomplete list of the problems my friends and I worked on today:

  • Hero Roof (V0)
  • Ironman Traverse (V4)
  • Shelter From The Storm (V7)
  • Inner Sanctum (V2)
  • Around the World – Cave Area (V?)
  • Pain Grain SDS (V5/V7)
  • High Plains Drifter (V7?)
  • Go Granny Go (V5)
  • route to climber’s left of go granny go (V2)
  • Grandpa Peabody Boulder > Cave Problem (V4)
  • Boy and Girl Boulder (V0)
  • Flyboy (V8)

 


A very special thanks to Jeremy Pangilinan, an extremely gifted photographer, for snapping some amazing shots at The Buttermilks.

Guidebook: Bishop Bouldering by Wills Young and Mick Ryan

Location: The Buttermilks – Bishop, CA

 

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Ilana is a native of Southern California. She is an accomplished rock and ice climber and is the brains behind Thrillseekers Anonymous. Currently residing in Colorado, she is a Registered Surgical/Trauma Nurse, who can be found leading her own adventures on days off. Ilana is a sponsored athlete with GoMacro, WoolX, and an Arcteryx Denver ambassador. She has been featured in various media outlets including the February 2015 issue of ‘Climbing’ magazine, December 2013 issue of ‘Rock and Ice’ magazine, December/January 2013 issue of ‘Gripped Climbing’ magazine, Canyoneering: A Guide to Techniques for Wet and Dry Canyons (How To Climb Series) by Dave Black and Pasadena Magazine as well as a Climbing Expert on MTV’s Parental Control (Season 7 – “Heather”).

Ilana has written 110 articles for Thrillseekers Anonymous.

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