MLRT: Book Discussion - The Alchemy of Action


Doug Robinson discusses his latest book, THE ALCHEMY OF ACTION

Mammoth Lakes, CA – Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director Shira Dubrovner announced a unique partnership with Lia Webb of Adventure Hub to co-produce a series of extraordinary presentations titledMountain Culture Month throughout the entire month of March.  The next of speaker in the series on Saturday March 16th at Edison Theatre is Doug Robinson. Doug, known as “the father of clean climbing,” will speak about his recent book, The Alchemy of Action, which proposes a novel explanation for the risks that adventure athletes undertake – that the chemical reactions in the climber’s brain are the same as those created by psychedelic drug use. Delving into the brain chemistry behind the adventurer’s euphoria, he shares the intriguing story behind why climbers are so much more than “adrenaline junkies.”

“The idea of a ‘natural high’ is more common with runners and other endurance athletes, but it’s the same kind of chemistry that pushes climbers to the extreme,” stated Webb, “Scaling a sheer wall with nothing but your own strength and a few ropes to support you – it gives you the feeling of being on top of the world, in more ways than one.”

Doug Robinson came to prominence in the climbing world with his article “The Whole Natural Art of Protection,” which sparked the “clean climbing” movement of the 1970’s. Replacing pitons that were doing irreprovable damage to popular climbing areas with aluminum wedges that protected the rock face, Doug made the first clean ascent of Half Dome in 1973 and was featured as a cover story in National Geographic. His first book, A Night on the Ground, A Day in the Open, collected his earlier writings and was named as one of the top 33 Must-Read Climbing Books by Climbing Magazine.

A legendary climber and California Guide, he began to wonder about a question that had fascinated him and many others for decades: Why Do We Climb? He found the answer in the psychedelic natural high achieved from challenging physical exertion and a dash of fear. The Alchemy of Action led him deep into the psyches of all adventure athletes as they push toward the ragged edge of human potential, returning with shimmering new awareness from a heady hormonal cocktail that includes the surprising ingredients of home-made organic psychedelic compounds.

Please join Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre at Edison Theatre Saturday, March 16th at 7pm for this educational presentation. Ticketing, information and details at


WHO: Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre
Mountain Culture Month – Alchemy of Action
WHEN: March 13 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: Edison Theatre, 100 College Parkway, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
COST:  Tickets online: $10; Tickets at the door: $12 No discounts

The Mammoth Lakes Foundation offers both free education (books and tuition) to any Mono County resident and/or high school graduate who pursues an AA degree at Cerro Coso Community College and a year-round theatre programming at Edison Theatre.

doug Robinson Photos: (R) photographer Paul hara (L) Photographer Jim Herrington

doug Robinson Photos: (R) photographer Paul hara (L) Photographer Jim Herrington

Inyo County Office of Education: History Day Contest


2018-2019 INYO COUNTY History Day Contest

Inyo County History Day will be held on Thursday, March 14th, 2019 at Jill Kinmont Booth School at 6pm.  The theme for this year’s contest is: Triumph and Tragedy in History

Inyo County Superintendent of Schools sponsors this contest for students in grades 4-12.  The goals of the program are to engage students and teachers in historical research, and also to empower students with research skills, critical thinking skills, and outlets for creative expression, which will enhance their academic abilities in all areas of study.

Students from all school districts in Inyo County are eligible to participate in the competition.  Students can create a poster, website, performance, documentary, exhibit, or write a paper. Each school first holds their own History Day Competition, then a select number of students proceed to Inyo County History Day, California History Day, and potentially, National History Day where students can earn thousands of dollars in prizes, scholarships, and other national academic recognition.

Judges this year are: Mrs. Kathy Zack, Mrs. Mini Doonan, Mrs. Ilissa Twomey and Mrs. Lo Lyness.

The public is encouraged to attend Inyo County History Day.

For more information, contact Tiffany Randall at the Inyo County Office of Education at 760-873-3262 ext.2111

Homeless Dogs Matter Fundraiser: Party with the Pups


This event will feature great food, good friends and the fabulous dance and party music of Halfway to Benton. Come join us for a fun filled evening of music and dancing for a good cause. We are raising money for our startup nonprofit to help rescue dogs and place them in safe and loving homes.

Doors and Bar open at 6PM with Light Bites being served until 7. Band will start things rockin' at 7:00.
There will be a short band break from 8:15 to 8:45 and a presentation on "The Plight of the Potcake Puppies". 
Dessert and coffee will be served at this time. 
Dancing and puppy snuggles will continue till 10:00 PM.
You won't want to miss this fun, interactive, good times, good friends, good eats kind of party!

If you are unable to attend but would still like to donate you may do so here:
(Copy and paste in to browser) or connect through our FB page Homeless Dogs Matter.

When: Sat., Mar. 23 (6-10pm)
Bishop Elks Lodge 1603 151 E. Line St., Bishop, CA
Cost: $55 General Admission $60 General Admission +5 Raffle tickets
Tickets: Click here for tickets on brownpapertickets.
Click here to “like” Homeless Dogs Matter - a non-profit organization designed to assist in reducing the number of homeless dogs in the Bahamas.

Inyo County Sheriffs: Search for US Marine Continues


Search continues for missing US Marine in Central Sierra Nevada. 1st Lt. Kraft’s planned itinerary is the 195-mile Sierra High Route; he is believed to have hiked out of Kearsarge Pass on Feb 24 with a plan of concluding his hike near Twin Lakes area by Bridgeport, CA on March 4 or 5.

Incident Overview

CENTRAL SIERRA NEVADA, Calif. March 11, 2019 – This is the sixth day of an intense multiagency search for missing Marine Corps 1st Lieutenant Matthew Kraft, a 24 year old man from Washington, Connecticut. 1st Lt. Kraft is 6’1” and 185 pounds.

1st Lt. Kraft’s planned itinerary is the 195-mile Sierra High Route; he is believed to have hiked out of Kearsarge Pass on Feb 24 with a plan of concluding his hike near the Twin Lakes area by Bridgeport, CA on March 4 or 5. Kraft commissioned as a Marine Corps officer on May 6, 2016. He graduated from some of the Marine Corps' most rigorous training including Infantry Officer Course and Winter Mountain Leaders Course.


On March 4, 1st Lt. Kraft’s father contacted Mono Sheriff after not hearing from his son. Mono County Sheriff’s Office began checking trail heads in the Bridgeport area that day. Cell phone forensics initiated by Mono Sheriff showed that his last phone activity was in the Independence area. Inyo County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue began a search on March 5. The evening of March 8, 1st Lt. Kraft’s vehicle was located at the Grays Meadows campground above Independence, CA.

Both aerial and ground search operations have been utilized; however, weather conditions in the Sierra have been a significant challenge. Additionally, both ground teams and aerial support have noted avalanche activity throughout the wilderness, including along the Sierra High Route.

“Snow instability will remain a challenge as search teams attempt to clear portions of the route,” stated Inyo Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Coordinator, Sergeant Nate Derr.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Incident Commander Dave Fox added “We know the public is very interested in helping with the ground search effort, but due to the extreme hazards in the search area, we are not requesting any outside units at this time."

Today the search plan includes air lifting two Inyo County Search and Rescue avalanche experts to the crest of Kearsarge Pass so they can begin to clear the route on the east side and assess avalanche risk for future search operations. On the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks side of the crest work continues to follow-up on possible points of interest and look for any new clues.

Air support is being coordinated with Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Fresno County Sheriff, California Highway Patrol, Air National Guard, and United States Marine Corps. Fresno Sheriff, Mono Sheriff, Inyo Sheriff, and Sequoia Kings Canyon National Parks are currently in Unified Command. Other agencies assisting include United States Marine Corps, Madera County Sheriff, Yosemite National Park, and California Office of Emergency Services. In addition, two Marines from Kraft's unit are assisting authorities with search efforts at the Search and Rescue Coordination Center. 

For more information about this search please visit:

If you think you might have seen 1st Lt. Kraft or even been in the search area since February 23, please call 888-653-0009 or visit

Big Pine NASA: Social PowWow THIS SATURDAY


Join us as we kick off spring with a positive cultural event for our community and families. NASA will be having a Taco Sale fundraiser at the event. Food, Arts, and Crafts Booths are welcome. Social Dances and some guests will be joining us. Also joining us will be our Maori relative Nico Ihimaera Rooseboom-deVrie fron Aotearoa(New Zealand). As a part of our community Nico will honor us with a special presentation at the Social. Join us this Saturday 12pm for a Grand Entry! This is a Drug, Alcohol, Smoke Free Event.

Host Drum: Buffalo Creek Local Drum: Coyote Confederacy
MC: Michael Running Wind

Big Pine NASA Spring Social Pow Wow
When: Sat., Mar. 16 (12pm)
Alan Spoonhunter Memorial Gymnasium 1050 South Richards Street, Big Pine, CA
Vendor space: 760-938-2870