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Why lemons will help June Mountain

July 13, 2012

I was so disappointed when I found out about June Mountain closing, I refused to believe it. I mean, in my position, it just seemed impossible that all of those people would lose their jobs. I just couldn’t bear it. But when the problem finally sunk in, my sister Ellery, best friend Jordyn, and I began to brainstorm all sorts of ideas left and right.

The top of the world

July 6, 2012

High up in a big, rock-strewn Sierra basin, below a little-known ridge that overlooks everything, a little turquoise lake disappears into a big hole in the ground, water rushing down, sounding like nothing so much as a bathroom shower drain.

Another lake—rockbound and swimming-warm even in late June—lies teal and clean down the road a ways and another—dark blue and icy—lies a bit farther on.

Devils Postpile talks, walks kick off this week

July 4, 2012

UPCOMING WALKS AND CAMPFIRE PROGRAMS AT DEVILS POSTPILE

Now that the Reds Meadow Road is open again, there is a lot going on in the Valley. Here's a summary of some of the events:

Ranger-led walk to Devils Postpile
This 1 hour, 1 mile walk includes topics such as wildlife, resource conservation, and the geology of the Devils Postpile formation. It begins every day at 11:00am at the Devils Postpile Ranger Station (shuttle stop #6).

Evening Campfire Programs

Downhiller Stacey Cook is up in the air

June 29, 2012

It is hard enough to spot downhiller Stacey Cook on a downhill course.

Mammoth’s Olympic downhiller is by you in a whoosh—a split-second of wind and snow, set against an audible backdrop of oohs and aahs.

But last week, she outdid herself.

With a roar of jet engines, Cook and Olympic teammate Kelly Clark buzzed by Mammoth Mountain in a U.S. Navy fighter jet from Fallon, Nev., leaving her and Clark as exhausted as a downhill race or a day in the halfpipe.

Carol at 70

June 29, 2012

Thirty-four years ago, on a hot July day in Idaho Falls, Idaho, my mother grabbed her five kids, ages 6 to 13 years old, her reluctant husband, a long-nosed collie dog, and herded us all into the wilderness backcountry for the first time.

We wore Levis and flannel shirts and giant, five-pound leather boots with thick soles that killed our young and tender feet with gleeful abandon.

We carried awkward, heavy external frame packs that killed our young and tender shoulders and hips with equal abandon.

Waiting for Perseus

June 29, 2012

The Summer Solstice—the longest day and shortest night of the year—occurred last week, heralding the beginning of summer in the Western Hemisphere.

The long days make summer the idyllic time for outdoor pursuits and backyard barbeques. But for stargazers, the short nights present something of a challenge.

“It doesn’t really get totally dark until after midnight and it begins to lighten up by 4 a.m.,” said local, retired astronomer Ron Oriti.

Bring a saw—Hiking in the backcountry is daunting this year

June 8, 2012


"If you never want to go hiking with me again, I completely understand."

A funny thing happened on the way to the eclipse

May 25, 2012

It was supposed to be a quick run up to the White Mountains to watch last Sunday’s eclipse, then another quick run down the mountains and home to Mammoth in time for Monday morning’s work deadline.

I wasn’t expecting much—just a few hours away from home, a good campfire and meal, and a glimpse of the eclipse.

A spectacular 'Springtacular'

May 11, 2012


Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra held its annual Springtacular for all the “Stars” (participants) with cognitive and developmental disabilities from April 23 - 26.

U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams in town

May 11, 2012

 

For veteran downhiller Steven Nyman, Mammoth is a re-start.

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