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Today was different. We decided to take a tourist day down into The Yosemite Valley. Driving and site seeing isn’t generally something on my to-do-list, but my thought process was; since I may only see this amount of snow once in my life (I sure hope not), I should go have a look… We figured the run offs would be raging. As suspected, Yosemite did not disappoint. The valley’s beauty was next level. It’s pretty much a completely different world down there. Strange considering it’s only a few miles away from home… Regardless, I’m very happy I went. Here are some of my favorites pics I shot today. I only had the Canon G10, but it’s pretty obvious you don’t need much to get a cover shot down there. Enjoy the pics.

No Captions necessary…

Photographed by: Chris Benchetler

 

 

Today was different. We decided to take a tourist day down into The Yosemite Valley. Driving and site seeing isn’t generally something on my to-do-list, but my thought process was; since I may only see this amount of snow once in my life (I sure hope not), I should go have a look… We figured the run offs would be raging. As suspected, Yosemite did not disappoint. The valley’s beauty was next level. It’s pretty much a completely different world down there. Strange considering it’s only a few miles away from home… Regardless, I’m very happy I went. Here are some of my favorites pics I shot today. I only had the Canon G10, but it’s pretty obvious you don’t need much to get a cover shot down there. Enjoy the pics.

No Captions necessary…

Photographed by: Chris Benchetler

 

 

It’s no secret. Summer in Mammoth has as much, if not more, to offer than the winter. It’s also no secret (if you follow my social networking shenanigans/ blog) that I take full advantage of everything Mammoth has to offer.

I have made it my sole focus to enjoy my fortunate situation, which means spending every day outdoors appreciating mother nature and the lifestyle I’ve created. Whether it’s surfing, biking, climbing, running, or swimming, they all offer great cross training and inspiration for my main passion, skiing. Each sport compliments each other in a way that helps me feel strong, and live a healthy, active, enjoyable life. I couldn’t live in a better place for it either. Take a trip to Mammoth sometime and see the beauty for yourself!

These photos were mostly taken from Pep, who recently purchased a Canon 7D. He did a great job capturing both the atmosphere and adventure of our day in Rock Creek. He is also sitting right behind me updating his blog with even more pictures, so have a look.

Below are some of my favorites that I gave a few touch ups in post. Enjoy!

Exhilarating approach. Especially for Reese! 

Some warm up on the approach…

Pep sending Side Show. Five stars for sure!

Hottie right??

Pretty in Pink??

Kimmy killing it.

Reese on a V3. She has a big dyno coming up…

Soaking in some rays. Shade was cold.

Me loving the granite…

Finger cracks.

Kimmy sending her second climb this summer. 

 

 

It’s no secret. Summer in Mammoth has as much, if not more, to offer than the winter. It’s also no secret (if you follow my social networking shenanigans/ blog) that I take full advantage of everything Mammoth has to offer.

I have made it my sole focus to enjoy my fortunate situation, which means spending every day outdoors appreciating mother nature and the lifestyle I’ve created. Whether it’s surfing, biking, climbing, running, or swimming, they all offer great cross training and inspiration for my main passion, skiing. Each sport compliments each other in a way that helps me feel strong, and live a healthy, active, enjoyable life. I couldn’t live in a better place for it either. Take a trip to Mammoth sometime and see the beauty for yourself!

These photos were mostly taken from Pep, who recently purchased a Canon 7D. He did a great job capturing both the atmosphere and adventure of our day in Rock Creek. He is also sitting right behind me updating his blog with even more pictures, so have a look.

Below are some of my favorites that I gave a few touch ups in post. Enjoy!

Exhilarating approach. Especially for Reese! 

Some warm up on the approach…

Pep sending Side Show. Five stars for sure!

Hottie right??

Pretty in Pink??

Kimmy killing it.

Reese on a V3. She has a big dyno coming up…

Soaking in some rays. Shade was cold.

Me loving the granite…

Finger cracks.

Kimmy sending her second climb this summer. 

 

 

Mammoth Mountain just opened their bike park! How they pulled it off with this much snow around is a mystery, but they did it… We have it all and more out here. Skiing, biking, climbing, wake surfing… It’s been awesome to say the least. Pep Fujas, Shayne Pospisil, Kristi Leskinen, and I headed out with local photographer, Peter Morning, a few Decline Magazine guys, and some of the Mountains marketing team to commemorate the opening of the bike park. Here are a few pics from Peter that have been floating around the web.

Ants on a log…

Clearing trails.

Josh handling biz.

Me wall riding.

Pep + camera tilt = Sparta face. 

Mammoth Mountain just opened their bike park! How they pulled it off with this much snow around is a mystery, but they did it… We have it all and more out here. Skiing, biking, climbing, wake surfing… It’s been awesome to say the least. Pep Fujas, Shayne Pospisil, Kristi Leskinen, and I headed out with local photographer, Peter Morning, a few Decline Magazine guys, and some of the Mountains marketing team to commemorate the opening of the bike park. Here are a few pics from Peter that have been floating around the web.

Ants on a log…

Clearing trails.

Josh handling biz.

Me wall riding.

Pep + camera tilt = Sparta face. 

The road bikes were out in full force today. Pep Fujas and I set out to ride a century. I would love to say it was super mellow and we smashed it, but the reality is my neck and bum hurt real bad! I think it would have been a huge help if we trained a bit more, maybe a couple 50/ 60 mile warm up rides rides, but with the weather this nice and the delay on summer we decided to get amongst it.

Fortunately my better half Kimmy Fasani, who is nursing a sprained ankle, was willing to drive out half way and meet us with fresh fruit, food, and water. She even brought the bike and rallied a few miles with us. I’m pretty sure, well I’m actually positive we would have failed with out her. The heat and lack of saddle time definitely took it out of us.

All that being said, our mission was accomplished. My mile meter read 100.6, and Pep’s read 101.3 (he got a little more amongst it). Also, my stupid Blackberry was completely malfunctioning so I was unable to snap pics or update twitter along the ride. Fortunately Pep has an iPhone that takes glorious photos. Looks like it’s time to invest…

Enjoy the pics! Thanks Kimmy and Pep. That was fun (I guess)…

Still early.. Look how happy I seem.

Taking in the views of Mammoth Lakes.

Mono.

About to climb.

The savior meeting up with us.

Almost there. A little bum resting…