Round Valley on the Rhino with Dave and Roma, from the GoPro Quadcopter

The weather this month has been incredible, so on Tuesday Roma and I decided to take the Rhino out for a cruise through Round Valley. We went from the house to Millpond and back and it was about 70-degrees out there. This probably won’t last long so we’d better take advantage of it.

It was also an opportunity to try out a new video gadget we’re learning to use. It’s a remote-control helicopter that carries a GoPro to camera angles we’ve never been able to get before.

It’s tricky to fly, but with some practice I think it will be an awesome way to shoot Rhino adventures. We’ll see how it does at 12,000 feet up in the Bristlecones next time it warms up.

We’re steadily getting through this Mammoth Mountain archive and when the time is right, we’ll get back to posting frequently.

Thanks a lot and have a great weekend.


On the Rhino with Dave and Roma McCoy-March 2013 from Brandon Russell on Vimeo.

Phil BrowneApril 12, 2013 - 6:34 am

Wonderful video – especially since it’s a practice session. It’s got to be really hard to track the Rhino with the Quadcopter but sure worth the results! Can’t wait to see more. -Phil

Randy McCoyMarch 16, 2013 - 10:01 pm

Mom and Dad that is hysterical! See flying CAN be fun!

Alec KochisMarch 15, 2013 - 5:59 pm

How cool! I’ve been looking into quadrocopters for shooting panoramic shots at Mammoth. What kind of quadrocopter did you guys use?

Dave ThorsenMarch 15, 2013 - 4:03 pm

Great photos Dave

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Chidago and Red Rock Canyon Adventure

On Sunday Roma and I took our neighbors Steve and Debbie on an adventure around the back of the Crowley Lake dam to Chidago Canyon and then along the dirt roads west of Highway 6.

It was great to get out into the dirt and snow. Chidago Canyon is always a fun road to explore with its cool rock formations and narrow passages. There are a million interesting characters hiding in those rocks.

At the bottom of Chidago we headed back towards Bishop and found our old buddy, the miner in the rock.

In all, we spent about five hours making the loop and Steve, Debbie and Roma had some fun. Hopefully we’ll be out there again soon.

We’re plugging away on the archival project. We’ve got more than 8,000 35 slides scanned, and several hours of video digitized and we’ve only scratched the surface. We’ve logged in 12 tapes of the 1990 Whiskey Creek Stage Races in Mammoth, several informational clips about the Mono County Water District, and now we’re going through video of an old timers picnic in 1990. We’ll post it as soon as we’ve got enough to create some entertaining posts. It shouldn’t be long.

Thanks again and go skiing!




Can you see the carving of the miner in the rock wall below? We found him a few years back and I figure it was etched in about 60 years ago. It’s tough to see in the middle of the day when we were there, but when the shadows form in the afternoon he really takes shape.

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Patricia BlicharzFebruary 2, 2013 - 12:24 pm

Correction: I wanted to write ‘Mountains’ and not ‘Rochy Mountains’. The ‘Rocky Mountains’ are found more to the East.

Patricia BlicharzFebruary 2, 2013 - 9:54 am

Thank you for this new adventure to North of Bishop! The contrast between Red Rock Canyon in the foreground and between the Rocky Mountains in the background is surprising.
The appointment is taken, my eyes are now turned towards your archival project ! Thanks for everything and see you soon !

pam & donFebruary 1, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Wow — love Chidago Canyon. Great photos, Dave. Guess we’ll have to go back to look for the Miner!

Phil BrowneFebruary 1, 2013 - 2:17 pm

I’ve never been out in the Chidago area. Sure looks like an interesting place to explore next time I get the chance so I’m thanking you now for the great tip! You’re and expert guide with all of your experiance and it sure makes things fun when I get to join in these adventures. Take care Dave.

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