Bishop Takes King


With the last guidebook long out of print, eastern Sierra climbers have for years relied on hand-drawn topos, the Net, and bribes to score Beta on Bishop’s hidden gems. At last, Bishop Area Rock Climbs (Third Edition; $35,, by Peter Croft and Marty Lewis, maps out the area’s secrets — from the granite splitters of Whitney Portal, to the boundless crags of Pine Creek, to the Buttermilk. Together, Croft, with his trademark wit, and Lewis, compiling detailed, thoroughly researched topos, have created a master-class guide sure to ride dog-eared and happy in your crag pack.

—Bruce Willey