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By Rob Rethans
May 14, 2013

I have an interview for a good job coming up soon. I have climbed all over the east side, but living there year around is a bit different than popping in for a week. I know it's a prime location, but I'm curious about day to day life. For example, is it easy to meet locals or is everyone a tourist or seasonal worker.
Thanks!!


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By Fat Dad
From Los Angeles, CA
May 15, 2013

You might want to float your query on summitpost.org or Supertopo. More Eastside locals seem to post on those sites than this one.


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By bergbryce
From South Lake Tahoe, CA
May 15, 2013

Surprised no one has mentioned the route in Clark Canyon called "Ugly, Fat and Mean, Come to Mammoth and be a Queen". 4 star bolted route.

You've got the job covered, how about the girl (or guy I guess)?
I have a couple friends who lived there for some time and both said the women there are more nutso than usual.


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By mark felber
From Frisco, CO,USA
May 16, 2013

The Southern California forum on this site is another good place to post this question. When I lived in Mammoth, I recall just about everyone being originally from SoCal. And yes, the women were more nutso than usual, to put it very politely. Something about the ski town gender ratio, I think.

Also, I don't recall housing being especially cheap relative to prevailing wages. Have you looked at housing costs?

What's the job?


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By Nardo
May 16, 2013

Hey Rob,
So I live in Mammoth for a few years. I heard they just opened a new climbing gym which might make it a little easier to meet some locals. It's a pretty small place and you'll get to know people just by shopping at Vons or going to Mammoth Mountaineering. I loved it there. Plenty of things to keep you buys! Let me know if you have any specific questions.


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By Tavis Ricksecker
From Bishop, ca
May 16, 2013
Church of the Lost and Found, Left. Summer 2013

The bouldering gym is nice. There is a crew of pretty strong boulderers living up there, I'm sure you will meet them. Not too hard to meet folks but there is a big transient population for sure. The dating scene can be rough, typical small mountain town, way more dudes.


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By DoesNotCare
From Heaven
May 16, 2013
Are you Chicken, or fishy?

If you climb a lot you'll meet cool people. Even mammoth has a few cool people.

Cost of living around here is rediculous compared to other places I've lived, but doable. I think it would be tough to move here single, the few single girls do seem quite weird, priveleged, and princess like, but there are also some of the coolest and nicest people I have ever met around these parts.

I personally avoid mammoth, but if I had a job there it would be worth all the climbing around these parts.


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