Climbing Ranger

The Challenge

Climbing in Bishop has exploded in popularity over the last five to ten years. The Buttermilk Country, Volcanic Tablelands, Owens River Gorge, and Pine Creek climbing areas are seeing damaged resources as a result of the increased use. Our local land management agencies (the Inyo National Forest and Bureau of Land Management) need more on-the-ground presence in these areas, but don’t have the resources available to make that happen.

The Solution

A trio of local non-profits—the Bishop Area Climbers Coalition, the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, and Friends of the Inyo—joined together to work with the land management agencies to ensure that there would be an on-the-ground presence in our local climbing areas. Armed with the tools of education, community engagement, and stewardship and ecosystem preservation the Climbing Rangers will aim to make sure that the climbing community is one that continues to recreate responsibly. The 2019-2020 fall/winter/spring will be our first season implementing the Climbing Ranger program, so stay tuned to learn the results.

Make a Donation
Help us raise $55,000 to fund the Climbing Rangers
Thank you to the Geraldine C & Emory M Ford Foundation for generously matching all individual donations to the Climbing Ranger program up to $10,000. Make a donation to support the Climbing Ranger Program below.
Support Our Partners

The Climbing Ranger Program is made possible by our partnership with the Bishop Area Climbing Coalition and Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association.


Thank you to business sponsors of the Climbing Rangers:

Also thank you to the Geraldine C & Emory M Ford Foundation for generously matching all individual donations to the Climbing Ranger program in 2019 up to $10,000.


Hiring Climbing Rangers – Apply by Aug 25

The Bishop Area Climbing Ranger position is a collaboration among the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Inyo National Forest (INF), LA Department of Water and Power (LADWP), Bishop Area Climbers Coalition (BACC), Bishop Chamber of Commerce (BCC), Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA), and Friends of the Inyo (FOI) to promote climbing conservation in the Bishop, CA. Area – specifically in Pine Creek, the Buttermilks, the Volcanic Tablelands, and the Owens River Gorge. Climbing Rangers will support local land managers and supporting organizations by performing a variety of tasks to preserve and maintain our cherished local climbing landscapes. For more…

Volunteer project results in 2019

Thank you volunteers for helping Friends of the Inyo make a difference Friends of the Inyo volunteer projects in 2019 engaged 457 volunteers for 1,316 hours of work on our Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands. We removed a total of 1,615 pounds of trash, restored 52 improper fire rings, cleaned trash from 24 campsites, and restored 40 illegal campsites.  Thank you to all of our public lands volunteers, We couldn’t do our important work without you!