#MammothStories Featured Photographer - Adam Moran

Aug 13, 2015


Adam Moran is a prolific photographer that spent over a decade shooting photos for Burton Snowboards. He recently spent some time in Mammoth this summer to enjoy the grandeur of the Eastern Sierra. His photos speak for themselves, but here's his story to get some insight into the mind of the man behind the lens. 

"A friend of mine had mentioned to me that he had permits to hike the John Muir Trail a few months back and that they were going to do a big loop and wanted to see if I was in. I wanted to do it, but had a few things that kept getting in the way and finally four days before the trip I was able to confirm and jumped in.

I spent the rest of that week panicking at REI determining if I was going to survive in the wilderness. This type of trip was a new deal to me, and I didn’t want to be the unprepared guy.

Once we were all set to go and ready to start the hike, we were in the parking lot of Mammoth Mountain. A place I’m very familiar with, but only in the winter. Normally I get there, get on the lift, head up, ride and shoot. This time I was getting on the bus, getting dropped off down by Devils Postpile and starting to walk into the woods for days on end.

Our hike was on and off trails, over some ridges, and we spent a lot of time by lakes and streams. Every place was amazing in its own way. The weather ranged from from thunder, rain, sun, heat, wind, cold, and at times that all came in one day.

In the end after 6 days of hiking and camping we ended up back in the Mammoth parking lot throwing our dirty gear into the trucks and heading to the hot springs to cure our sore muscles.

I’ve always thought of Mammoth as a place I go to shoot in the winter, but this trip definitely changed my mind on what this area has to offer and how I plan my trips up there now."

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See you on the hill.