Mammoth Lakes Insider Blog

Why “a different pace of life” is ideal for endurance training

Posted by Lara Kaylor on Jul 23, 2014 1:27:37 PM

Ironman Champion and two-time Duathlon National Champion, Matthew Russell visited the Mammoth Lakes Crib recently as he prepared for Ironman Canada on July 27, 2014. Russell, a triathlete specializing in the Ironman distance since 2010, won this event in 2012 and came in second in 2013.

As part of his high altitude training he participated in the 2014 June Lake Triathlon held just 20 miles north of Mammoth Lakes on July 12 and handily won the Half Ironman portion of the event.

Russell agreed that the local tri’s tagline of the “Toughest Race in the Most Beautiful Place” was appropriate, even with all of the triathlons he’s done.

“The altitude definitely make it tough,” he said.

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Tag: high altitude training, running

Your Ultimate Guide to Mammoth Bike Park

Posted by Kalyn LePre on Jul 22, 2014 3:52:22 PM

The Mammoth Bike Park was recently named the #1 Bike park in the USA by Outside Magazine. I caught up with Pro snowboarder and avid mountain biker Gabe Taylor, to talk about highlights and favorite trails for all types of riders, as well as tips for stepping up your game on your bike. 

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Tag: Mountain Biking, Mammoth Bike Park

3 Days of Adventure: Climbing in Mammoth Lakes

Posted by Monica Prelle on Jul 21, 2014 3:11:45 PM

Known for its volcanic crags and proximity to Tuolumne’s granite domes, Mammoth Lakes is a destination for traveling climbers from around the world. There are short sport climbs and medium to long alpine routes for climbers of all abilities.

Mammoth Lakes is a three hour drive to Yosemite Valley. There are a number of crags within a short distance of town that happily surprise even the most well-traveled and experienced climbers. To really experience Mammoth climbing, you’ll need three days (hopefully more) to explore the different crags, various types of rock.

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Tag: Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Lakes Basin, Yosemite, rock climbing,, Toulumne Meadows

Don't Skip Skip’s Farmer's Market in Mammoth Lakes

Posted by Andy Geisel on Jul 17, 2014 3:00:00 PM

Every community needs a Farmer’s Market


Farmer’s markets offer year round access to seasonal produce and are all the rage in California and around the U.S. In 1994, the United States Department of Agriculture began tracking such markets, and that year listed 1, 755 markets known to operate nationally. As of 2013, that number had grown to 8,144.

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Tag: Mammoth Lakes, local food, farmers market, shopping

Love at 8,000 feet

Posted by Lara Kaylor on Jul 17, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Newly Married Athletes Return to the Endurance Crib

Newlyweds Rowan and Mike Torckler visited Mammoth Lakes recently, but it wasn’t a starry-eyed honeymoon that brought them here. Mike is a professional road cyclist who was taking advantage of Mammoth Lakes’ Endurance Crib for the second summer in a row.

The high altitude roads of Mammoth Lakes brought Mike and Rowan back for more because they understand the benefits of working out at elevation. With a home base in Santa Rosa, Calif., Mammoth Lakes is a “handy and beautiful” training ground, Mike said.

“It’s at the optimum altitude,” he explained. “You can get to 9,000 or 10,000 feet easily, which is good training for upcoming races.”

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Tag: Mammoth Lakes, high altitude training, The Crib

Top Spots for Dog Walking in Mammoth Lakes

Posted by Monica Prelle on Jul 16, 2014 3:16:00 PM

Dog Days of Summer

Chances are your dog loves to Visit Mammoth as much as you do, if not more. As Fido watches you pack the car with hiking, fishing and bike gear he anxiously waits for his dog bowl and bed to be put in the trunk. With a woof and a wag of the tail, he hops in the car ready for his mountain adventure—it’s Fido’s dogcation.

Mammoth truly is a dog paradise. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite places to take dogs and a few other resources you may need while you are in the Eastern Sierra. As always, be sure to pick up after your dog and respect wildlife and the environment as you enjoy the great outdoors with your pet.

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Tag: things to do, hiking, hiking with dogs,, dog-friendly,

Your Ultimate Guide to Fishing with Kids in Mammoth Lakes

Posted by Kalyn LePre on Jul 15, 2014 12:18:00 PM

This week I met up with fishing guide Scott Flint from The Troutfitter to talk about fishing with your kids. The following are Scott's best tips and insights for fishing with kids.

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Tag: Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Lakes Basin, fishing, Things to do with Kids

Do You Really Know How to Leave No Trace in the Mountains?

Posted by Monica Prelle on Jul 14, 2014 9:31:00 AM

Learn how to minimize your impact on the land and protect the natural resources we love.

You may have heard the saying: leave no trace, but do you know what it means? It’s about respect for the environment and the High Sierra—keep pristine, pristine.

Leave No Trace is a core set of principals defined by The Leave No Trace Foundation. The national program sets the standard outdoors “rules” and is an educational program that is designed to assist outdoor enthusiasts with their decisions about how to reduce their impacts when they are enjoying the great outdoors.

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Tag: Mammoth Lakes, hiking, backcountry, Eastern Sierra, high sierra, Leave No Trace,

Best Bets: Family Camping in and around Mammoth Lakes

Posted by Betsy Temple-Truax on Jul 12, 2014 5:14:00 AM

My family recently returned home to Mammoth Lakes from a week-long car trip through northern California and southern Oregon. It was a pretty impromptu trip—we had a general idea of our route and places we wanted to visit, but no firm reservations. We loaded up the car with our basic camping supplies, a cooler with a few provisions and a guidebook and hit the road. The experience reaffirmed how easy, inexpensive, and fun a family camping vacation can be! We also enjoy camping closer to home and do more and more each summer; the Mammoth Lakes area has a number of easily accessible campgrounds close to a variety of activities. There are also terrific backpacking opportunities locally, and I know a lot of families venturing into the backcountry with young kids, but you don’t have to be hardcore to enjoy a Mammoth Lakes camping experience!

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Tag: Convict Lake, camping, Mammoth Lakes Basin, Family Vacation, camping with kids

Mammoth Hiking Essentials

Posted by Monica Prelle on Jul 11, 2014 4:58:00 AM

Be prepared for your hiking adventure with all the gear you need

One of the best ways to see the wilderness surrounding Mammoth Lakes is to get on a trail and go hiking. From alpine lakes to mountain streams and meadows there are plenty of serene environments to inspire a hiking adventure, but you’ll need a few hiking essentials before you hit the trail.

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Tag: hiking, backcountry, Eastern Sierra, Mammoth Lakes Excursions, high sierra, gear

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