About the book

Bishop, located in California’s Owen’s River Valley is one of the best bouldering areas in the world. Enjoy hundreds of high-quality problems from beginner-friendly romps to standard-setting testpieces. Add a backdrop of magnificent mountain scenery, consistently sunny weather, cheap camping, free hot springs, and convenient amenities in the town of Bishop, and you have the ultimate bouldering destination.

Bishop Bouldering Select is a full-color guidebook and is packed with action photography to help inspire your next effort. Don’t let the word “select” lead you to thinking that you’ll be missing out. Included are all the best areas with over 600 problems, with maps, topos, and photos to help you find your way in the maze of boulders.


  • Compact size and durable, sewn cover
  • 600+ problems — all the popular areas and all you’ll ever need
  • Mick Ryan’s original 2007 watercolor art
  • Essays by Doug Robinson, Dale Bard, Alex Johnson, and others
  • Action photography by Jeff Deikis, Ken Etzel, Boone Speed, John Sherman, Jim Thornburg, John Wesely, et al
  • Every book purchase benefits the Bishop Climbers’ Coalition

Areas covered

  • Rock Creek
  • Happy and Sad boulders
  • Druid Stones
  • Buttermilk Country – roadside and backcountry


Airlie Anderson was born in London, started climbing at age 14, and at age 17 became the British Bouldering Champion. In Sheffield in the pre-crash-pad days she became notorious for dragging mattresses up to make first-female ascents of gritstone headpoint routes—some of which were shorter than the Buttermilk highballs of today. Airlie emigrated to the States in 2006 as an “alien of extraordinary ability,” her favorite claim to fame. In the style of Dale Bard and others, she first visited Bishop to take a break from Yosemite Valley, stayed for a year, and soon became the ultimate Bishop “visitor,” making numerous trips to the area’s boulders, flying back to the UK just often enough to renew her visa. She also guided bouldering trips to Bishop for climbers from the UK.

McKenzie Long hails from the Midwest, where there are no mountains, few boulders, and where her standard winter layering system consisted of wearing two pairs of jeans. Since migrating West with the intention of climbing as much as possible, she has never looked back. During a year of living out of a truck in Mammoth Lakes (just north of Bishop) she fell in love with the area’s warm winter bouldering. Before long she plunged into the guidebook world, and has now helped produce over 20 Wolverine titles. McKenzie still resides in Mammoth, where she boulders, climbs, skis, writes, and runs her graphic-design business Cardinal Innovative.


  • Bishop Bouldering Select
  • 2016 Wolverine Publishing
  • by Airlie Anderson and McKenzie Long
  • 216 full color pages
  • 9781938393211