Owens River Gorge

The Owens River Gorge is California's most concentrated sport-climbing area. It is really a year-round crag, although summers can be a bit hot. There are many moderate sport climbs in the sub 5.10 range, but the best gorge climbs seem to be in the 5.10-5.11 range. The climbing is on volcanic tuff and features edges, pockets and cracks. Most of the climbing is close to vertical but there are some steep lines as well, namely at the Eldorado Roof and the Dilithium Crystal. Most climbs, whether face, crack, corner, even off-width and chimney, are fully sport bolted. There are some good trad lines, but sport climbing is why you're here. The gorge is often crowded but if you hike a little further you can usually find some solitude. The Warm Up Wall, the Pub, the Social Platform, the China Wall and the Dilithium Crystal are the most popular areas. Please buy Marty Lewis' "Owens River Gorge Climbs" if you are going to climb here. It's a great guide to the hundreds of climbs and you'll feel good supporting the guy who put up a huge percentage of the climbs and did a large amount of work (trails, research, bridges, talking with the LADWP that owns the gorge). It's a small price to pay for a great climbing area.

Here are the 21 heroes who already climbed this spot

Don't hesitate to ask them some tips, they are awesome.
Gaylord Roukine

Gaylord Roukine

Nathan Welton

Nathan Welton

Tia Stark

Tia Stark

Scott Craig

Scott Craig

Richard Robinson

Richard Robinson

Peter Clark

Peter Clark

Derek Kistner

Derek Kistner

Jackie Trejo

Jackie Trejo

Michelle Johnson

Michelle Johnson

John Greer

John Greer

Kristyna D.

Kristyna D.

Sascha Holly

Sascha Holly

Arin Finch

Arin Finch

island climbing

island climbing

Thierry Verveckken

Thierry Verveckken

Ronny Rose

Ronny Rose

James Barnett

James Barnett

Justin Burkhardt

Justin Burkhardt

Eric Lewin

Eric Lewin

Eric Hayes

Eric Hayes

Odin Sandoval

Odin Sandoval

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Owens River Gorge by Michelle Johnson
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Owens River Gorge by Michelle Johnson
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Owens River Gorge by Odin Sandoval
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Owens River Gorge by Eric Hayes
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