I guess it’s safe to say that I’ve been extremely spoiled the last couple of seasons so even with the weak forecasts, it’s hard to get too disappointed. Here is a video of one of the sickest trips from last season to help get everyone stoked for this season even if we aren’t going to see major pow.
My first couple of days were last weekend. I recorded a little video of us riding some groomers so I’ll hopefully try to get an edit together.
It only took 5 months before I was able to get back on a snowboard and hit up Mammoth Mountain on opening weekend this November and as crazy as it is, it is only January and I already have half as many days ridden as I did my first season. I don’t know if I am getting better every trip, but I am enjoying every trip I go on more and more. This video is from my New Years Eve trip up to ride at June Mountain and Mammoth. It snowed the last two days as we rode in what I would consider to be some of the best conditions I’ve ever experienced. It might not have been as good as the 20:1 snow in December but most of the mountain was still closed last year and I don’t think my riding got anywhere near where it was in this video (perhaps it was the Venture Helix I am riding in the video that made all the difference though)
Still a lot of riding to do!
On Saturday I attempted to summit Mt Baldy via the Bear Canyon Trail in 7 hours. Unfortunately it took an hour to find the trailhead which left me with 6 hours. Needless to say, I failed miserably. About 3.5-4 miles into the hike I realized that there was no way I would be able to summit and descend in time so I turned around and headed down. The trail was relentless at almost 920 feet per mile the entire way. In retrospect I should have attempted to summit via the Ski Hut Trail. Time to plan my revenge…
The good news is I made it back to OC in time to hit up the Foodie Fest where I got to try out some pretty sweet food truck food. We were so hungry from the hike that all the food trucks and the smell of BBQ in the air was like heaven. Too bad you have to pay for your ticket, pay for parking, then get in 10min lines just to order food. It was a lot of fun trying out different food trucks though, although it was a bummer that the event organizers decided to prohibit trucks from selling drinks so that they could gouge people on $3 bottles of soda or water.
Pictures after the break!
Finally took the Civic in to get an oil change which was long overdue; the oil light finally started flashing and was counting down into negative miles. What drained from the oil pan had to be some of the most epic oil ever though. It had cycled through the engine throughout northern and southern California on journeys and expeditions that I can only describe as legendary. It will definitely be hard to top the multiple trips to Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain chasing POW, a solo trip to Yosemite to explore the valley, an epic 3 day hike through Cottonwood Loop where we ran out of food, or even navigating through a road that some say is only possible to traverse with a 4×4.
A couple weeks ago I took my Olympus 28mm f/2.8 and it served me well for landscape photography (pictures of that trip coming soon!). I couldn’t help but feel like a 24mm would serve me a little better so I created an eBay search to try to get a version of this lens for cheap.
. I was planning on trying to get one for around $70 but gave in but when I saw this SC for $130 shipped (everything at the time had bids up to $100 already, even on single-coated versions). It arrived today and the glass is near mint and the body is in pretty good condition despite what the auction said so I am pretty happy.
I am always a little impressed when I see how small Olympus was able to design these OM lenses. It’s pretty interesting to see how it all packs so tidily into the leather case. Compactness was definitely the goal with OM and it shows. It’s too bad no one is currently in the same mindset.