The Mammoth Mountain Division Biathlon is probably one of the most enjoyable biathlons I've done - featuring a great course profile (though the elevation is approaching 9000 ft!), grooming and weather, beautiful views along the course - especially along the Lake Mary Loop, and a fun post-race party. The race was organized by Mike Karch and hosted by Tamarack X-C. Two clinics were held on Saturday, and the races took place on Sunday. Like the 10th Mountain Biathlon, the biathlon start area was a couple of kilometers out from the X-C center, making set up and tear down quite a chore. But roughly 165 people participated in the race - making it one of the largest if not the largest biathlon in North America. The race results and more photos (including some professionally shot ones) can be found on the Eastern Sierra Nordic Ski Association site here.
As for the cave and monument pictures, since Mammoth is a minimum 7 hour drive from the Bay Area (I decided to fly instead), I took the opportunity to explore a cave large enough to drive into, located a couple of hours south of Mammoth, on Highway 395 - a beautiful drive at this time of year. I happened to pass Manzanar National Historic Site and decided to explore a little family history as well.
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