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We’re a ‘Calling All Poles’ drop-off point, donate your old tent poles today!

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Do you have gently used or extra tent poles lying around? If so, bring them to Tahoe Mountain Sports and together we can help Gear to Grow get people outdoors!

Gear to Grow is a Salt Lake City-based nonprofit that brokers donated gear from outdoor retailers and manufacturers to other nonprofits that promote outdoor recreation. They recently received a generous donation of tent shells, but unfortunately the shells did not come with poles. In order to support more of Gear to Grow’s beneficiary groups and help outfit them with complete tent sets, we are an official pole-drive collection site for Gear to Grow’s Calling All Poles campaign.

All tent pole sets 13’6″ long or between 11.5 and 12 feet can be donated. If you want to participate, but don’t have any poles to contribute, there’s another way to help! Visit the Gear to Grow website to make an online donation of $10 that will be used to purchase new pole sets.

We’ll be accepting donations through the end of November so gather your gear now and help make a difference!

Tough Mudder Nor Cal 2011

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

What’s a challenging run for you? Try 14 miles peppered with military obstacles including barbed wire, freezing-cold mud and fire…. that’s what Carl LeBlanc of Kings Beach endured to bring you this Adventure of the Week. Read on, and be glad—or mad—you weren’t there.

WHO: Carl LeBlanc and the Kings Beach Speed Humps

WHAT: Tough Mudder Nor Cal

WHEN: September 17, 2011

WHERE: Squaw Valley, California

GEAR: Trail running shoes, Icebreaker merino, cause it’s as tough as this race demands

Tough Mudder Nor Cal: “Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet” and absolutely the toughest physical challenge that team “Kings Beach Speed Humps” has ever participated in. With rumors of the course being extended to nearly 14 miles long and nothing short of 25 military style obstacles designed by British Special Forces, this was indeed going to be TOUGH. The limits of strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie were about to be put to the test. Lined up 13 members deep, 7 men and 6 women, the Speed Humps put their hands to their hearts as the Star Spangled Banner signaled it was our time to go.

Smoke billowing in our faces, it was a mile, straight up hill and directly into a freezing-cold mud crawl lined with barbed wire. Nice, right? With shoes and socks soaking wet, there’s nowhere to go but up. They called it the “Death March,” and they weren’t joking. Loose shale provided unsure footing at best and many a rolled ankle at worst, but don’t worry: you can ice that ankle as you wade through chest-high ice water just before you scale a 16-foot quarter pipe wall.

As individuals, it would have been impossible to scale that wall. It was wet, from the thousands of  Mudders that had come before us. Building a human ladder of sorts and employing the assistance of every single team member, it was as if the wall were only 6 feet high and the lesson of camaraderie and team spirit was reinforced on only the third obstacle of the day. Sticking together, no obstacle was impassable and no hill was too steep. Each time you were finally warmed up from running uphill, there was another water obstacle to cool (FREEZE) you down.

We climbed up the rocks, we crawled through the mud, we scaled several walls and we swam through ice water and in the end, we’d do it all over again. Twice. If you’re tough enough, we’ll see you out there next time!

The Tahoe Mountain Sports Adventure of the Week blog series takes a walk (or hike, surf, climb or Death Tough Mudder March) in someone else’s shoes, from pro athletes to local Tahoe adventurers. Let us know if you’ve got an adventure to share.

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