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Fall Fun: Canoeing Alaska’s Kenai Wildlife Refuge

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Author: Kirsten is a TMS staff writer, teacher, and owner of Alaska’s Take Refuge Canoe, a company offering fully outfitted canoe adventures on the Kenai Peninsula.

As cool air welcomed the greeting of fall in Alaska’s Kenai Wildlife Refuge, a splendor of crystal blue sprinkled with gold beckoned us to jump in our boats and go canoeing!

Our adventure began driving our 12-passenger van and canoe trailer down the Swanson River Road, a fifty minute dirt road rumble with the added excitement of wildlife around every corner. The road was originally created for the Swanson River Oil Field,  Alaska’s first productive oil field, circa 1957.  The Swanson River road stretches 17.5 miles north into a forested, lake-rich section of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and terminates at the Swanson River. Moose can often be seen feeding along the road early and late in the day. Roadside access to nine different lakes offers a chance to see common loons and other waterfowl, bear, lynx, wolf and hundreds of birds species!

Kenai Wildlife Refuge Canoe System:

The Swan Lake and Swanson River canoe paddling routes are located in the northern lowlands of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge was established to conserve the fish, wildlife and habitats of the Kenai Peninsula in their natural diversity, as well as provide opportunities for fish and wildlife-oriented recreation. The canoe routes are located in a nationally designated wilderness area. The routes are also one of three National Recreational Canoe Trails in America!

We put in at the West Entrance of the Swan Lake Canoe System, where we knew the first three lakes had great trout fishing. These lakes also have fairly short portages, so we had less than 1/4-mile to carry our canoes and gear between them. This is a nice contrast to the longer, mile-long portages that are encountered further into the system.  With the fall colors in full bloom, we found that the hikes were some our favorite parts of the trip. At times it seemed as though we were walking through tunnels of gold, and the scent of the turning foliage was refreshing.


In the crisp, 50-degree blue-bird day, we were well dressed as we paddled from lake to lake. We paused to fish, hike the banks, and to enjoy wonderful wildlife moments.

On Canoe 1 we paddled into what seemed like a beautiful post card setting. We watched a beaver as it jumped from the banks and slapped it’s tail, warning us to stay clear of its home.

On Canoe 2 we watched as a pair of common loons enjoyed the romantic setting together. Their collective song echoed across the lake as we paddled, bringing joy to our hearts and a smooth tempo to our stroke.  A large bull moose also graced us with his presence during our second portage, and then quickly moved deeper into the colors in the opposite direction.

Canoe 3 was most exciting as it provided us with a few wonderful gifts: one black bear grazing the south shore and three 20-inch rainbow trout that we enjoyed for dinner later that night.

It is well known by those who enjoy canoeing that the further back into the system you travel the more wildlife you experience. This makes it difficult to force yourself to turn around after just a few short hours. Paddling the larger loops can take anywhere from three to ten days, and as much as we wanted to keep going, we weren’t prepared for anything longer than a day. This is a heartbreaking reality, and as we looked at the next portage trail sign that clearly pointed the way to Contact Lake, deeper into the system, we wondered what magic the day would have held for us had we continued our journey just a little further.

Collective Alaska experiences have taught us that thoughts of safety should always prevail over adventure, so we continued to wonder as we turned around and paddled home.  After an amazing eight hours of paddling and fishing in one of Alaska’s greatest best kept secrets, we loaded everything back onto the trailer and headed out. Overwhelmed with pleasure yet emotionally, spiritually, and physically exhausted, we shared fun stories all the way home. It was a great day paddling in Alaska!

canoe cover
Danuu Tubby Canoe Cover 14-16.5 Foot
MSRP: $$199.95
waterproof case
SealLine Map Case – Medium
MSRP: $$16.95

Steals and Deals: Winter Is Almost Here – Smokin’ Bargains On Gear!

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Winter is almost here and we’ve got some killer deals to help get you back on the mountain in style, without breaking the bank. This week we’re highlighting skis, helmets, ski/snowboard socks, hoodies and wax for your plank(s) – but we have many more deals than this going on right now! Head over to our Outlet (that cute little red tag in the header at or check out our individual brand pages for a huge selection of bargain deals and closeout items.


Black Diamond Zealot Skis – 182

Black Diamond Zealot Skis

Reg: $759.00

Sale: $516.12

Wide, Solid and Fast are three words to describe these all around skis from Black Diamond.

The Zealot has long been a favorite of those who like to go big. 3D Metal Sandwich construction gives them an extremely damp, stable ride no matter the conditions – powder, chop & crud, spring slush or bulletproof. A 100-mm waist provides float in the soft stuff without compromising a smooth edge-transition. With Rocker at 300-mm in the tip and 150-mm in the tail, you’ll rise above the deeps while maintaining a reliable turn radius. These “big guns with a playful side” are perfect for everything from big mountain free-riding to mellow laps in your favorite tree stash.







Smith Holt Helmet

Smith Holt Helmet

Reg: $74.95

Sale: $44.97

A killer deal on one of the most versatile and stylish helmets on the market!

The Holt Helmet from Smith not only shreds the gnar on the mountain, but easily converts to a skate/bike helmet during the dry months. An injection-molded ABS shell withstands high impact slams and provides excellent dent resistance and durability. AirVac ventilation actively pulls warm, moist air out of your goggles and exhausts them outward via 14 vents! The Holt is also compatible with SkullCandy audio systems, and comes with a Smith Lifetime Warranty.







SmartWool PhD Ski Light Socks – Men’s

SmartWool PhD Ski Light Socks

Reg: $21.95

Sale: $15.14

You can’t pass up a good deal on Smartwool winter socks!

Odor-free, itch-free, moisture-managing Merino wool makes these and other SmartWool socks the leaders in comfort and functionality. They won’t scrunch or bunch in your boot, and the foot’s high-impact areas are layered extra thick to prevent shock and abrasion. These light and breathable ski socks are an industry favorite for a good reason.







Mountain Hardwear Pyxis Hoody – Women’s

Mountain Hardware Pyxis Hoody

Reg: $119.95

Sale: $59.95

Cozy, great looking and soft to the touch. What else could a woman want?

How about a fleece-lined chin guard so the zipper doesn’t irritate your chin or rub you the wrong way? Or zippered hand-warming pockets to store your belongings as well as your frozen phalanges? Even better: Voluptuous Veboa fleece that traps heat and is oh-so-comfortable! The Pyxis hoody from Mountain Hardware works great as a mid-layer under your winter jacket, or simply by itself as a warm, fleece top.










Toko S3 Hydrocarbon Wax 167g Bars

Toko S3 Hydrocarbon Wax

Reg: $19.95

Sale: $12.96

Start lubing up your skis and boards for one heckuva season!

Different temperatures and climates call for different types of wax. Luckily, we’ve got you covered when the weather changes. We carry an S3 Toko Hydrocarbon Wax for any ski, board, and temperature. Sold individually in 167-gram bars. Be slick…don’t stick.

Blue: -22 degrees to 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-30 to -10 Celsius)

Red: 14 degrees to 25 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -4 Celsius)

Yellow: 25 degrees to 32 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to 0 Celsius)

Happy Llamas Come From California: Potato Ranch Llama Packers

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Lis Korb is Tahoe Mountain Sports’ previous Web Content Manager turned Adventure Traveler Extraordinaire. This week her “wildcard” prose comes from Sonora, California, where she briefly touched down to hang with some awesome, luminous llamas.

WHO: Lis and friends

WHAT: A visit to Potato Ranch Llama Packers

WHERE: Sonora, California

WHEN: August 2012

GEAR: BigTruck trucker hat, Sol sunblock, La Sportiva Boulder X shoes

I had a dream. I knew it was an unrealistic fantasy. Llamas spit. They are dirty. Llamas would probably be like cows, uninteractive and oblivious to my charms. But when I made my dream a reality, it far surpassed all my expectations.  The llamas at Potato Ranch Llama Packers in Sonora, California, are friendly. They didn’t spit, or kick, or care less. In fact they cared a little too much! They were so friendly and in our faces that I had to wipe my face of llama kisses. And the best part? These charming animals can be your trail companion. Hiking with llamas, you can go further without resupplying, you can bring the whole family without mom or dad bearing too much of a load, and you can hike despite a disability or illness that impairs your strength to carry a large pack. Just imagine the possibilities if a llama could help you carry in your heavy climbing rack or photography equipment.

Potato Ranch Llama Packers is a 28-llama, 5-acre ranch located in Sonora, California, at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Owner Greg Harford offers more than 26 years of llama packing experience, and his operation is the only Northern California outfitter renting trained pack llamas. From his ranch, short drives give you access to the John Muir Trail (JMT) — where the llamas are pictured in the above photo, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT), Tahoe Yosemite Trail (TYT), Emigrant Wilderness and more. I think that with Potato Ranch being my first llama experience, I’m a bit sheltered to the “real” world of llama packing – Greg’s llamas are so well trained and friendly. Especially a couple of the males, which were very eager for attention.

I can’t recommend the experience more. I only visited the ranch for training purposes, and took llama superstar Quicksilver out for a short walk. I plan to return to rent the llamas for a backpacking trip soon.

Llama rentals through Potato Ranch cost $50 per llama, per day. They can carry 60 pounds each. You must rent two llamas as they need a companion. Have you ever been hiking with llamas? Tell us about it in the “Reply” box below!

Sol Sunguard Altitude SPF 40 Sunscreen
Sol Sunguard Altitude SPF 40 Sunscreen
MSRP: $6.69-14.95
La Sportiva Boulder X
La Sportiva Boulder X
MSRP: $104.95
BigTruck The Dome Hat
BigTruck The Dome Hat
MSRP: $27.95

Lole Meetup at TMS – Beach Ultimate Frisbee Friday Sept 28

Friday, September 21st, 2012


Kings Beach main beach, across from Tahoe Mountain Sports

Friday September 28, 4:30 to 7:30 pm

Tahoe’s very own women’s ultimate frisbee team (co-captained by Lolë ambassador Lis Korb) is hosting a Lolë meetup this month!  Join them for a game of beach ultimate frisbee on the sand across from Tahoe Mountain Sports‘ Kings Beach shop, and get a peek at the latest from Lolë. No ultimate frisbee experience or throwing skills needed. Just show up and we’ll show you the ropes!

Lolë, the Montreal-based women’s activewear brand, is the perfect partner for athletic pursuits, with technical fabrics and a smart and stylish design. See Lolë clothes in action, learn about ultimate frisbee and walk away with some special gifts.

Tahoe Mountain Sports will offer a free gift with purchases over $75 and 15% off all Lolë clothing before, during and after the event. Tahoe ladies, tell your friends you’re going on Lolë’s Facebook event page. See you on the sand!

For more info on Tahoe ultimate frisbee, visit Truckee Ultimate and Reno Ultimate.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Cliff Jumping

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Adam Broderick manages the web content at Tahoe Mountain Sports. When he is not in the office, he tries his best to be in the field doing something awesome.

We all know how fun it is to free-fall into a pool of water. That short moment of succumbing to gravity and feeling weightless is liberating, to say the least. There are, however, a few key points to keep in mind when cliff-jumping. A drop doesn’t have to be over twenty feet tall to necessitate basic guidelines – even a five foot rock-drop-gone-wrong can pose serious ramifications. Please leap safely, no matter the level of gnar. Here are a few tricks and tips to help boost your safety, confidence, and naturally, your stoke-factor.

Cliff Jumping Rocks!

The Do’s

Do: Always scout your landing. Use whatever means are available. Examples include, but should never be limited to, fishing line w/ weights; avalanche probe [link] pole or tent pole at least the depth of your predicted submersion; a big breath of air and a deep dive to physically inspect your landing zone – This is one of the only times being upside down and frantically flailing your arms is appropriate. For some, this may be the most liberating part of the whole experience.

Pre-huck investigation

 Always jump as far out and away from the rock as possible, unless you’re aiming for a particular hole and over-shooting could cause serious damage to life or limb.

Do: Scream as loud as you can all the way from take-off to landing.
Call out to any potential onlookers so they don’t miss the awesome show you’re about to provide. This could include sunbathers, passing hikers, or the guy fishing on the other side of the lake.

Do: Be sure to claim a good jump with a solid fist-pump and a shouts of joy upon re-surfacing.

Fist pumps are under-rated.

If jump height exceeds roughly 25 feet, be sure to point your toes downward prior to impact. The last thing you want is your feet to rebound off the water’s surface and force your knees toward your chin. An old friend of mine once broke his jaw and two ribs this way.

Do: Depending on the rocks that line the shore and the climb out of the swimming hole, you may want to wear foot protection.  Think practically: rocks are usually sharp. Wear the shoes you’ve been hiking in, as long as they will dry fast enough to prevent blistering throughout the rest of the day, or pack a pair of  sandals that you can leave at the water’s edge. If the trek to your jump-zone isn’t too extensive you may think of hiking in sandals with straps, made by companies like Chaco.

Water at swimming holes is usually colder than most places, due to snow melt, lack of sun, or stagnant water. According to my high school chemistry teacher, running water is warmer than stagnant water.  You may also consider packing a towel and leaving it next to your shoes/sandals so you can warm up as soon as you exit the water. Beach towels can be heavy on a hike, especially when water-logged, but a camp towel packs down to a small and manageable size, and dries at an incredible rate.


The Don’ts

Don’t: Disregard warning signs. If a sign is posted, someone’s probably been injured doing what you’re about to do.

Don’t: Dive head-first until you’ve already gone feet-first or know for a fact that you won’t break your neck on a rock or the bottom.

Don’t: Follow your friend off the rock. Nine times out of ten you may calculate your distance and timing impeccably. It’s that other ten percent you need to consider.

Don’t: EVER give away your favorite jump location unless you want to see a crowd on your next
visit [Ultimate fail on my part – this is Round Lake, accessed via Big Meadow off Hwy 89 :)]

Don’t: Try to do a gainer unless you know you can do a backflip. This will ultimately lead to pain in either your head, back, or ego. Most likely all of the above.

Huck-wiser. Please Jump Responsibly.




Vibram Shoes – Comfortable Enough You Could Outrun A Gazelle

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Stan Powers, from Washington, was kind enough to contribute this review to Tahoe Mountain Sports. Stan swears by his Vibram Five Fingers and hopes to persuade more runners to fall in line.

Vibram shoesI was actually turned on to Vibram Shoes by my eye doctor who runs in them almost daily. He has run half-marathons and will be doing a marathon in them soon. They seem to come from the philosophy that the native Africans and Australians had to run miles and miles to run down their prey. Gazelles, as well as other animals, tend to overheat when they run too much because they have no means of sweating. It’s amazing, really – these natives have no arch supports or Salomon running shoes! By running on the toes of your feet and letting your them absorb the shock, versus landing with all that impact on your heels, you don’t send the shocks directly up your leg.  This helps to prevent knee and hip pain both now and in the future.

Converting to Vibram Shoes is not easy, but totally worth it! I had some pretty nasty foot pain develop when I first started trail running in my Vibrams, but in time the pain went away. The only thing I must recommend, as you’ve probably heard from others, is to break your finger shoes in slowly. Our foot muscles, tendons and ligaments tend to degenerate over years of non-use. I got a bit too aggressive because the shoes felt so liberating and seemed to provide infinite energy, so I ran further than I likely should have on my third time out. The result – a small fracture in one of the top bones coming from my fourth toe. I stayed away from running for a month or so. That was difficult, but worth it, and I have been more than happy with my new shoes ever since.

I ran my first 10K in them at the ocean in July. It was fun watching all those footprints deep in the sand in front of me, but looking behind me I noticed I hardly left a trail at all. I was able to run a 10K in under one hour comfortably, which was a first for me. I suggest these Vibram shoes to anyone who runs! Why fight what we are naturally made to do?





Backpacking In Glacier National Park

Friday, September 14th, 2012

This Adventure of the Week comes from Max Neale, review editor for Outdoor Gear Lab, which was recently named Best Gear Website by Outside Magazine. Max regularly contributes reviews and tales from the road on our blog. He has taken us climbing in Turkey, down California’s Lost Coast, climbing up the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome, and now backpacking in Glacier National Park…

Who: Max Neale, Zeb Engberg

What: Backpacking, Camping, Glissading

Where: Glacier National Park, Montana

When: June 2012

If you’re a preserved area aficionado, you’ll love Glacier National Park. Of the twenty-two national parks I’ve been to (America has fifty-eight) Glacier is my favorite for backpacking.

Driving through the rolling fields of central Montana you see can the Rockies far in the distance. Their one billion-year-old metamorphic stones rise abruptly from the ground and create a paradisiacal backpacking playground of peaks, valleys, lakes, and undisturbed rivers. When I was approaching the park with Zeb Engberg, in late June of this year, clouds enshrouded the mountains and teased us like an exotic dancer. They lifted, only occasionally, to reveal a quick glimpse of the topography—of the mountains we wanted to climb— and then returned, obscuring the majestic peaks from sight. 

The route we planned was a loop that crossed several passes, wound around dozens of lakes, and gave us the option to tag several key peaks. Longer continuous loops on trail can be logistically difficult in Glacier; we connected trailheads by hitchhiking. It was early in the season and, by backpacking standards, there was lots of snow. Some passes had been crossed on foot a week earlier and others had yet to be crossed this year. Wildflowers blanketed the lower valleys and snow covered most areas above 5,500 feet. We carried trekking poles and standard ice axes.

Glacier National Park’s backcountry can make you feel as if you’re far, far, away from civilization. The stepped mountains and lush valleys contain grizzly bear, elk, mountain goat, and mountain lion. Glacier could be the best park in the Lower 48 for wildlife watching. We saw, and were scared by, four bears. Bear spray-less, we pondered whether, when faced by a charging grizzly, we would rather have an ice tool or a can of bear spray to protect ourselves. After much discussion and display of the various ways in which ice axes could be employed to combat a bear, we both agreed that we’d rather have ice tools. The effectiveness of bear spray, after all, is dependent on environmental conditions.

Throughout our hike we enjoyed the benefits of early season travel. Besides a few CDT (Continental Divide Trail) thru-hikers, no one else was in the backountry. The large snowfields provided direct ascent options and thrilling glissades, and we slept on a fifteen-foot-deep snowdrift — which is always fun. As the miles racked up we passed through different microclimates and plant communities, and discussed topics of all kinds. We gossiped about our friends from college, about the rock climbs we wanted to do, the unfortunate state of the world, and shared points from our respective areas of expertise. Zeb is a PhD candidate in algebraic geometry, so he told me about the flow properties of certain snowfields we passed. I shared the latest developments and innovations in the outdoor gear world. And we hiked on.

If a successful backpacking trip is one that mixes fun (Type I and II), challenges you mentally and physically, and allows you to explore a new area and learn new things, then our trip in Glacier was successful. We hiked 20+ miles per day (roughly 50% on snow), saw beautiful scenery, were scared by bears, and got shut down on the last pass we tried to go over (we deemed a raging waterfall-like river crossing on the west side of Gunsight Pass to be too dangerous and unnecessary —it was our last day). We hiked out a half-day to a road and thumbed a ride with an elderly woman in a Mercedes. At our car we devoured chocolate and sardines, and left the park with big smiles on our faces.



Mid-July through August is the best time for backpacking in Glacier National Park. Plan to arrive between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to make reservations with backcountry rangers. There are offices at both the east and west entrances. Bring at least 20 feet of line to hang food. Bear safety accessories are available at the entrance visitor information offices or online through Tahoe Mountain Sports. Backpacker Magazine has some resources on hikes in Glacier, but the backcountry rangers and a map are likely the best resources for trip planning.

Goal Zero Review – Straight From Denali – Nomad 7, Guide 10

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

This review comes from 14,000′ Camp on Denali, where TMS gear tester Brad Miller took time out of his epic two week summit trip of North America’s tallest mountain to review Goal Zero’s solar panel portable power technology.

Over my ten years of backpacking and traveling I have used a number of portable solar power chargers and none of them lived up to their claims – until I discovered Goal Zero.  In May 2012 I took a Goal Zero Zero Nomad 7 Guide 10 to Denali where I used the entire setup for two weeks up to 14,000 feet, and the Guide 10 battery pack up to 17,000 feet, all with great success.

Goal Zero makes a wide range of portable solar arrays that cover everything from the small and light with little power output to the large and heavy that cover large RV situations.  Each model has a number in its name which corresponds to the unit’s wattage. The higher the wattage, the more solar cell surface and power output, meaning more storage and less charging time but also a correspondingly larger and heavier array.  With so many options there is likely one that will work for whatever activity you are planning unless, you are going ultra-light, in which case a solar array is probably not on your packing list anyway.

For our expedition we chose the Nomad 7 due to its good balance between weight and power.  Although it is over twice as heavy as other small chargers I have used, like the Solio Classic, we found that the weight penalty was worth having an array that actually did what it promised.  Having two larger 6 x 9-inch panels and an output of seven watts in full sun means you can charge a fully spent Ipod in 3.5-4 hours.  Other brands claim to charge the same devices in 9 hours, but in my experience, take closer to all day, to charge 90-100%.

The Goal Zero arrays are also much more versatile than other systems.  The folding configuration protects the panels and keeps its packed footprint to a minimum. With three different charging options (12v, USB and battery pack) the Nomad 7 allows you to charge multiple devices at once and comes with an adaptor to accept any car charger you already own.  These units can also be chained together, so if you have a buddy with an array, theirs can be combined to greatly increase your power output.  With its numerous daisy chain points the Nomad is easy to tie to tents and packs.  Adding the Guide 10 power pack further increases the array’s versatility.

The Guide 10 portion of the array refers to a separate plastic unit that accepts four rechargeable AA (included, worth about 10 dollars) or four AAA batteries with an adapter that is sold separately.  Taking the power pack out of the array and creating a separate unit accomplishes something brilliant. Without an internal battery, you don’t have a proprietary expensive part to replace once it has expired.  Your power storage is only limited by the amount of batteries you want to carry, including the option to ditch storage all together if you want to lighten your load. Furthermore, you can charge AA or AAA batteries for devices that require them (think camera and GPS). This is not possible with most arrays that have internal storage.  When you require power but don’t want to pack the panels you can charge just the battery pack, which will give you approximately 2.5 full charges of an Ipod.  This is great for week-long trips or stints at high camps where weight is a premium factor. You can also use a computer or wall outlet (USB to mini-USB, or AC to mini-USB) to charge the pack, which means it has a dual function as a solar power pack and a wall charger for all the AA and AAA’s you carry during urban travels.

As for durability, Goal Zero products rank very high.  The company rigorously tests the products in all environments, from freezing temps to water submersion.  The panels are considered water resistant but tests show that they are essentially water proof.  In short, you will be hard pressed to break a Goal Zero array.

We do have a few criticisms about the unit, but none of which are deal breakers. The Nomad 7 will charge a smart phone but gets a little cranky when doing it. Charging the devices works well until someone walks in front of the panel or a large cloud rolls through.  Sometimes when solar input is disturbed in this way the unit’s charge will be interrupted and you will have to disconnect and reconnect the device to restart the charge. We also found that it is sometimes hard to start a charge on a completely dead Ipod. This may be the result of the charging system not recognizing a device was hooked up because the battery was so low.  It was, however, very cold, and after warming my Ipod in a chest pocket for 15 minutes the unit recognized it.  I have not reproduced this condition in warm temps but I think it is good practice to not run your devices down to zero battery – just in case.

You can feel confident buying from Goal Zero. The company was born from a nonprofit called TIFIE Humanitarian, which stands for “Teaching Individuals and Families Independence through Enterprise”. They help individuals start self-sustaining businesses in impoverished regions.  A portion of the proceeds from Goal Zero go to support its nonprofit branch.

Nomad 7 and Guide 10


Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel
Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel
MSRP: $99.95

Book Signing and Trail Talk at Tahoe Mountain Sports

Monday, September 10th, 2012


Tahoe Mountain Sports is proud to announce that Tim Hauserman, author of the Tahoe Rim Trail guidebook series, will appear at our store in Kings Beach, California, on Saturday, September 15 from 4-6 p.m. Tim will be signing copies of his new book, Tahoe Rim Trail 3rdEdition, and will provide the audience with an entertaining slideshow presentation featuring highlights from along the trail and around Lake Tahoe. An avid adventurist and explorer of natural beauty, Tim moved to Tahoe when he was two and has since racked up countless miles along the Tahoe Rim Trail.

The Tahoe Rim Trail offers one amazing high-alpine view after another, over the course of 165 miles.

“I have led hiking, kayaking and mountain biking trips in the area. I have thru-hiked the Tahoe Rim Trail three times, and hiked every section probably a dozen times,” said Hauserman.  “I love the trail, and now I know it like the back of my hand.”

Over twenty miles of new trail descriptions, the new trail at Mt. Rose, and a new network of trails in the Kingsbury Grade – South Shore area are just a few examples of updates in the third edition of the Tahoe Rim Trail guidebook.

“I am excited to hear Tim provide his in-depth knowledge and expertise about the Rim Trail,” said Tahoe Mountain Sports (TMS) owner David Polivy. “He has some fascinating photographs from his journeys, and I’m really looking forward to seeing them.”


“I hope guests will gain a new-found love of the trail and I look forward to answering any questions they may have regarding the trail,” Tim explained.

Alpenglow and still waters along the Tahoe Rim Trail.

“All of us here at TMS are eager to meet and mingle with members of our wonderful community,” said Polivy. “This event will be a great way to connect with like-minded folks and adventure enthusiasts.”



Light refreshments will be provided and books will be available for purchase at the event.




Thank you to the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for co-sponsoring this unique opportunity.



We cannot wait to see you all at the event!


Click HERE to view this event on Facebook



SteriPEN Traveler
SteriPEN Traveler
MSRP: $49.95


Run Your Hike; Montrail Review

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Guest: Meaghen Rafferty

Shoe technology is changing everyday it seems, from barefoot shoes, to ultra light hiking boots. It seems we are moving towards the mentality of “what can my shoes do for me, besides simply protect my feet”. That’s a good question. They can actually do a lot, from improving form to strengthening different muscles in the body. A good choice in shoe can improve your workout, and what you get out of your workout. It can be nice when your shoe does a little work for you. As the sports we partake in evolve, the equipment we use needs to evolve as well. For example hybrid run/hiking shoes, are making a big impact on the trail running community. Brands like Montrail are pioneers in the industry, creating the crossbreeds for those who like to run their hikes. Versatility is the keyword here when you need a shoe that can do it all.

Montrail’s Bajada is perfect for taking your legs for an off-road adventure. The Bajada features Montrail’s custom outsole called Gryptonite, which features a prong like grip for traction on any surface. The Bajada is made from lightweight breathable materials that make this shoe weigh about eight oz; it makes my feet feel nice and cool, almost like running in socks. You know that feeling you get after a run when you take your shoes off and it feels so good to let fresh air wrap around your toes. That’s a feeling you don’t have to wait for with Bajada.

Even lighter, at about 6 oz, Montrail’s Rouge Fly is ultra light and cushioning, this shoe is the most comfortable running shoe I have ever run in. The insoles of Montrail shoes break in fast, like on your first run, and form to feet creating true support and comfort. The shoes are responsive and flexible as well as provide adequate support on rocky and rough terrain. When I’m getting ready for a run, it’s not even a question! I grab my Montrails and hit the pavement…dirt…sand…rock… are you getting the picture?


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