Marc had the crazy idea of doing a weekend of skiing and camping over
Memorial Day weekend. For some reason Wendy, Paul, and I agreed this would
be a good idea. I'll give Marc credit, it worked out well.

At our campsite saturday morning, getting ready to hit the slopes. It was
actually too hot for ski clothes at 9am. We wondered what the snow would
be like higher up the mountain.

The snow was incredible (for spring conditions). With 90 inches of snow in
April and another 25 in May, Mammoth was well coated with fairly new snow.
Marc and Paul warm up near the top of the mountain.

Marc coming down Drop Out Chute #1.
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Marc heading down Drop Out Chute #2.

Marc poised to drop into Hangman's.

Heading down Hangman's.

Farther down.

My turn for Drop Out #2. The snow was incredible, probably because most
people went down #1 instead of #2.
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Paul and Marc (lower down) traversing Climax.

Paul giving Drop Out #1 a try as Marc films from the other side.
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A brief shot of Marc on #1 (until my CF Card filled up).
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My turn.
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Cruising through the rocks a little farther down.
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A panoramic shot of Mammoth's upper region. From left to right: top of
Face Lift (foreground), Mammoth Mtn. summit (farther back), Hangman's,
Cornice Bowl, Drop Out Chutes, Wipe Out Chutes, Scotty's, Paranoid Flats,
and the nice little Chute Marc and I hiked to (7 pictures down).

Following Marc and Paul.
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Marc makes Lower Hangman's look easy.
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Marc and I tried to film each other in action. My attempt failed miserably
but here's Marc's somewhat successful attempt.
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Paul coming down from Chair 23.

Marc heading down Drop Out #2. The rock in the middle of the trail keeps
things interesting.
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A casual early-morning decent of Drop Out #2.
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I've been looking at the chute (right side of panoramic shot above) for
years and wanting to ride down it, but the coverage is usually pretty light
late in the season. This year with all the late season snow Marc and I
made the trek over. We had some interesting hiking along the ridge to get
there.

Marc cuts across a steep chute on the way to our destination.

The view looking down from the top of the chute. From the lifts we
couldn't really tell what the snow was like (or if there was any), but it
turned out to be really nice snow.

Looking back up at Marc as he enters the chute.

I headed down to the rock outcropping and got some shots of Marc coming
down the chute.

Another shot of Marc in the chute.

Ready to head down from the rock outcropping.

A close-up.

Time to head down.
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Back to civilization...Paul on Drop Out #1.

Same place, Marc's turn.
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Paul a little lower down.
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Cruising over the "grassy knoll."
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After Marc's spectacular fall (wish I had the camera for that one!) he
brushed himself off, collected his gear, and attracted quite a crowd (a
good fall seems to be a good way to make friends). Then it was my turn
for Hangman's. It was interesting having an audience as Marc filmed.
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Marc catches a nice bump on Drop Out #1.
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Heading down the ridge between Drop Out #1 and #2.
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Marc lower down on #1.
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Saturday night we ventured into Hot Springs territory and found a nice
place to relax at "Whitmore Tubs." Sunday, though, they were full and
we couldn't find any other nice places to soak our tired muscles. The
scenery couldn't have been nicer, though.

Our aborted attempt.

The roads were mostly unmarked and dusty. Nothing a Civic and Jetta can't
handle.

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