Climbing Rangers Start Patrol of Buttermilk/Tablelands

The Bishop Area Climbers Coalition, Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA), and Friends of the Inyo in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office, and the Inyo National Forest have hired two climbing rangers to patrol the increasingly popular climbing and bouldering areas in the Bishop area. The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce, Geraldine C. and Emory M. Ford Foundation, Touchstone Climbing Inc., along with individual organization fundraising events have contributed funds to help support the two climbing ranger positions.

The rangers will be focused on the Tablelands, Happys and Sads, the Buttermilks, Pine Creek, the Owens River Gorge and Upper Gorge, the Sacreds, and the Druids.

One of the main goals for the rangers is to provide education to climbers about where to park and camp, Leave No Trace principles, and climbing etiquette. Events like climber coffees will help develop a community forum for climbers in the area.

The climbing rangers will also track visitor use patterns including documenting parking and camping uses and tracking changes over time.

Lastly, the rangers will oversee restoration and stewardship activities such as campsite clean-up, trail delineation, educational signage, planting native plants in heavily used areas, etc. They will help coordinate volunteer events and look to remedy issues such as off-road travel and otherwise recommend long-term solutions to increasing use patterns.

Ranger Bios:

Alexa Flower grew up near Vail, CO, doing a lot of different outdoor sports with her mom and twin sister. In her Senior year of college, she found rock climbing. She graduated with a marketing degree and, after working in that field for a year, she realized she was on the wrong career path. She moved to Yosemite to flip burgers at the Tuolumne Grill. She moved into the National Park Service and worked as a Climber Steward, with YOSAR for three seasons, and most recently Climbing Ranger for Yosemite National Park.

She spent past winters working ski patrol in Breckenridge, Colorado near where she grew up. She is a frequent contributor to Climbing Magazine and The Climbing Zone.

Jimmy Capangpangan found his love for being outside and enjoying our public lands early on when his family took him to Sequoia National Park. He found a passion for climbing and started bouldering outside visiting places like Joshua Tree, Yosemite, and Tramway. Ultimately, he found Bishop, CA and absolutely fell in love with the Eastern Sierra.

He started seasonally with the National Park Service in Devils Tower National Monument, working along the climbing rangers there, became one of the SAR team members, and got his Wildland Fire Certification. After the summer in Devils Tower ended, he beaome the Climbing Steward in Joshua Tree National Park; educating climbers to reduce use impacts to assist the Climbing Ranger. He returned to Devils Tower to work as a Law Enforcement Ranger there with an emphasis on climbing.

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8 Responses to Climbing Rangers Start Patrol of Buttermilk/Tablelands

  1. David Dennison December 7, 2019 at 1:56 pm #

    I guess this is a good thing to educate and interact with the climbers that maybe need the advise and outreach…but speaking for myself,I’m not a climber,but when I am out in wilderness areas off the beaten path,camping and fishing with my dogs,one time found it kind of annoying when a Ranger or DFW Officer that happened into the area much younger than I am was telling me not a good or safe idea to be going it alone…kinda had to explain to him it’s how I like to do it…

    • Bob December 10, 2019 at 10:39 am #

      I guess the ranger had never heard of a fella named John Muir.. was the ranger alone?

      • David Dennison December 11, 2019 at 4:01 pm #

        Bob……In my case and story,yes,he was alone…..and about 1/3 of my age,probably fresh out of collage or academy….maybe it shouldn’t have,but it just rubbed me the wrong way….like I was some kinda idiot wandering around,not knowing where I was going or what I was doing “way out there in the middle of nowhere”…actually less than a mile from where I was camped…and then hearing the infamous maybe “putting others in danger if anyone was needed to come to my aid and rescue me,if something were to happen “…gosh,where was he when my Brother and I actually did get lost many years ago in the Angeles Forest for 2 days and a night..which we were able to get out of on our own…

    • Indygal December 11, 2019 at 9:39 am #

      I know. It sucks that we have to hire people to teach etiquette, but there are a lot of numbskulls out there that refuse to follow the rules or think about others. Nearly every time I hike, I see someone doing something destructive or just plain shitty. Better to have a ranger, than to let it get totally destroyed.

  2. Scott December 7, 2019 at 6:40 am #

    This is great news! Congrats to the new rangers, and I look forward to meeting them. We really need this kind of outreach and stewardship. The East Side is no longer a sleepy backwater of a few random climbers. We have to look after this very special place.

  3. Alexander Grande December 6, 2019 at 8:58 pm #

    Thank goodness. Enough is enough with the dogs and the trail braiding.

    • David Dennison December 9, 2019 at 1:42 pm #

      Alexander,I don’t really think these climbing Rangers are meant to be out there bossing people around,telling them where and where they’re not allowed to be or go…..or if you can or cannot bring your Dog or Dogs if you happen to be hiking the areas…these areas are used by people going there to do other than bouldering or rock climbing….and the last time I checked,BLM and the USFS does allow Dogs when you recreate on their (our) land…



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