Author’s Note: I want to give a big shout out to my sponsors who make this all possible — Burton, Zeal, Clif Bar, Skullcandy, Mammoth Mountain, Mimi’s Cookie Bar, and EVO!
Embracing the mountains for all they are worth during the summer is a great way to stay in shape and explore our backyards during the “off season.” Being a professional snowboarder based out of Mammoth Lakes, California, has given me so much appreciation for living life to the fullest during winter and summer. For me, the fullest means outdoors.
The vast playground of activities that Mammoth and the awe-inspiring Eastern Sierras offer keeps me busy, which is especially great when I’m waiting for snow to fall again. Thus, here are my five favorite summer activities — each of which is fun while keeping my body tuned up and my mind clear.
Rock climbing can take many different forms; bouldering, trad, and sport climbing, and each one lets you spend time outdoors with friends while getting a full body workout. The view of the Mammoth Lakes Basin from the top of Crystal Crag makes this one of the most beautiful trad climbing routes.
The Eastern Sierras offer so many incredible roads to spin the wheels on my road bike. One of my favorite rides is out Benton Crossings Road just South of Mammoth Lakes, CA. The scenic views of Mount Laurel make it easy to stay motivated on this beautiful ride.
Hit the trails running on any of the thousands of loops through the peaks on the Eastside and you’ll always be happily rewarded with a scenic overlook or a beautiful lake. The trail run I do most often leads past Barney Lake off the Duck Pass Trail.
Kicking up some dirt and lapping the mountain bike park at Mammoth Mountain keeps my legs and lungs tuned up during the summer. I love peddling up from the Village at Mammoth and for more of a workout I spend my afternoons on some cross country routes across the mountain.
Living in the mountains gives us plenty of opportunities to day dream about hiking to the top of towering peaks. Scrambling is an ambitious mix of hiking and rock climbing and is a fun activity to ascend steep rocky faces. Scrambling up the back of Cathedral Peak with Chris Benchetler was a great mind and body workout.