Climbing Mt. Whitney

New Climbing Mt. Whitney ebook on Amazon

Climbing Mt. Whitney

New ebook edition on Amazon

We’ve finally added a new ebook edition of Climbing Mt. Whitney to Amazon’s Kindle program, exclusive for three months. Anyone who purchased a hard copy of the book from Amazon can get the Kindle edition FREE!

It’s not often that a guidebook author is both an expert and actually fun to read but Peter Croft is all that. Author of The Good, The Great and The Awesome – The Top 40 High Sierra Rock Climbs, Peter is one of the top climbers in the U.S. and has been around long enough, to know and have climbed with many of the greats like Galen Rowell and Warren Harding.

There are many contributors to this book, a compilation of Whitney’s history through the voices of mountaineers such as Glen Dawson who wrote the book’s foreword and who, at 102, is the last surviving member of the climbing party led by Norman Clyde who made the first ascent of Whitney’s East Face in 1931. Clyde’s account of that climb is included in the book.

Patitucci on iPhone

Patitucci on iPhone

For the more adventurous, Croft has included challenging technical routes on Whitney and nearby Mt. Russell, with photographs by John Moynier, Dan Patitucci, Marty Lewis and Andy Selters.

The print version of Climbing Mt. Whitney is also available on at bookstores in the Eastern Sierra.

A Weekend to Remember

Eden Interrupted Tour

Eden Interrupted Tour
Eastern California Museum and Metabolic Studio

It’s a weekend to remember in the Owens Valley with two great events worthy of mentioning.

As autumn rolls north to south through the Owens Valley, the cottonwoods continue to show their brilliant orange and red leaves. With the backdrop of fall coloring the periphery of the Great Basin’s westernmost landscape, join the Eastern California Museum and Metabolic Studio for the “Eden Interrupted Tour: A Field Exploration of Owens Valley Agriculture Then and Now.” The tour meets at 8:30 am Saturday, November 9 at the Eastern California Museum or 9:15 at Tinemaha Campground and runs until 3:30 pm.

Tonight, Friday, November 8th at Mill Creek Station (home of Ratso’s tent and camping gear) with the American Alpine Club’s Fall Highball Craggin’ Classic.
We’ll just repeat the event listing posted on the AAC website here with a note that Doug Robinson’s lead of Smoke Blanchard’s Buttermilk rock course is already sold out.

AAC's Fall Highball Craggin' Classic

AAC’s Fall Highball Craggin’ Classic

Western Region: Bishop, CA: November 8-10 2013
Reel Rock, Buttermilks, High-Lines, Hot-Dogs, Bonfires, New Belgium, Segal, Stanhope, & Robinson, OH MY!

Join the American Alpine Club and C.A.M.P. for the annual Fall Highball Craggin’ Classic happening in Bishop, CA on November 8-10, 2013. This very special Eastside event features Reel Rock Film Tour 8; a free volunteer breakfast in the Buttermilks; a Buttermilk Adopt-a-Crag; a special high-line demo station hosted by Gibbon; an evening Climber Reception Party at Mill Creek Station hosted by New Belgium Brewing Co. featuring free beer, silent auction, food, bonfires, raffle, and a very special slideshow presentation by Matt Segal and Will Stanhope; and, on Sunday, a guided tour of Smoke’s Rockcourse and private New Belgium beer tasting with climbing legend Doug Robinson!

Registration Information:
Tickets are $15 which includes both the Friday showing of Reel Rock Film Tour 8 as well as entrance into the Saturday evening Climber’s Reception featuring free beer from New Belgium, a silent auction, food, bonfires, raffles and the slideshow presentation by Matt Segal and Will Stanhope. Tickets will be sold at the door, first come, first served.

All proceeds of the Fall Highball Craggin’ Classic benefit the American Alpine Club’s Live Your Dream Grant in the Western Region–a grant which funds the every-man adventurer looking to push their climbing resume into the next level. More information on the Live Your Dream Grant can be found at

Event Details:
Climbing Areas: Buttermilks
Event Headquarters: Buttermilks and Mill Creek Station (Click for directions)
Camping: Free Camping at Bitterbrush Campground; or $2 at The PV Pit; or $10 at Pleasant Valley Campground

Friday, Nov. 8
7:00pm Reel Rock Film Tour 8 at Mill Creek Station
A special showing of the Reel Rock Film Tour 8, the annual tour of the worlds greatest climbing and adventure films. Doors open at 7:00pm. Tickets are $15 and sold at a first come, first served basis. The ticket price includes admission into the Saturday evening party, including free beer, silent auction, and slideshow as well!

Saturday, Nov. 9
8:00am Breakfast, Adopt-a-Crag, & Highlining at the Buttermilks
Free volunteer breakfast provided by Black Sheep Coffee Roasters and Wilson’s Eastside Sports followed by a Buttermilk Adopt-a-Crag with the Access Fund Conservation Crew, the USFS, and Friends of the Inyo. There will also be a high-line demo station run by Gibbon for those adventures looking to get off the deck!

5:00pm Climber Reception, Beer, Bonfires, Slideshow at Mill Creek Station
Join us for an evening reception party hosted by New Belgium Brewing Co. complete with food and beer, a killer silent auction, bonfires, raffles, and a special slideshow presentation by climbing athletes Matt Segal and Will Stanhope! Doors open at 5:00pm slideshow begins around 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 sold at the door on a first come, first served basis. Attendees who purchased a ticket for the Friday Reel Rock Showing are admitted free of charge.

Sunday, Nov. 10
10:00am Guided tour of Smoke’s Rockcourse with Doug Robinson & Private New Belgium tasting
Get your tickets TODAY for a special guided tour of Smoke’s Rock Course in the Buttermilks led by climbing legend Doug Robinson. After the guided tour, sit down for a private New Belgium beer tasting at the foot of the Sierra! Space is limited to 8 participants. Tickets for this special event are $50 and can be purchased at:

Smoke’s Rock Course is an old-school, class 4 and 5 scramble across the Buttermilk country, first explored by Eastside climbing legend Smoke Blanchard. Your adventure will involve scrambling, climbing, chimneys, jumping, scooting, and hopping your way across the granite formations and should only be embarked upon by those with adequate climbing skills and those comfortable climbing 4th and easy 5th class without a rope or harness. The adventure will be taught old-school style by Doug Robinson, perhaps the only pioneer of Yosemite’s Golden Age still active, and you will learn how to climb with nothing but a thin rope and your shoes!

It’s a great weekend to enjoy the Eastern Sierra.

November, already! Time for the desert.

Owens Valley Autumn ©2013 Wynne Benti

Owens Valley Autumn ©2013 Wynne Benti

Fall arrived in the Eastern Sierra when the aspens began changing color from to brilliant yellow, orange, and red in mid-September, then rolled down the Sierra slopes to the Owens Valley. Now, the first week of November, the last of the cottonwoods are turning orange. The Owens Valley floor is covered with thousands of cottonwoods from Sherwin Grade south to Lone Pine. Soon, the willows will join in as their diamond-shaped leaves change from green to orange to red.

Desert SummitsThe desert hiking and climbing season is underway and Desert Summits: A Climbing and Hiking Guide to California and Southern Nevada by Andy Zdon is flying out the proverbial Spotted Dog Press door as dedicated desert climbers use this excellent reference to summit new peaks or revisit old favorites from the Mojave to the Great Basin.

October cottonwoods ©2013 Wynne Benti

Cottonwoods in Bishop, California

Jeff and Rosy, Wheeler Camp ©2013 Wynne Benti

Jeff and Rosy, Wheeler Camp ©2013 Wynne Benti

Another great book to check out is Favorite Dog Hikes In and Around Las Vegas written by Las Vegas native Megan Lawlor and Wynne Benti. This is a great book, full of maps More than 100 day hikes, walks & parks!
From Charleston Peak, Nevada’s eighth highest, to waterfalls in the heart of high desert sandstone, this is the BEST dog hiking guide to Las Vegas and includes the following areas:
The Spring Mountains
Kyle Canyon and Vicinity
Harris Springs Road
Deer Creek and Vicinity
Lee Canyon and Vicinity
Cold Creek
Wild Horse Watering Holes
Trail of the Mustangs
Mountain Springs Summit and Vicinity
Potosi Mountain
Carpenter Canyon
Goodsprings Mining District
Desert National Wildlife Refuge
Pahranagat Wildlife Refuge
Red Rock NCA
Favorite Dog Hikes In and Around Las Vegas