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A Different Kind Of Paradise – From Lake Tahoe To Roatan, Honduras

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

roatan west bay panorama

A few weeks ago I left my beautiful home for a week on white sand beaches, eating fruit from a hammock and exploring the underwater ecosystems off the coast of Roatan, the largest of the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras. My girlfriend and I brought back some really cool photographs, which I usually do my best to capture during travel. Enjoy the pics and the short film. It’s difficult to tell such a great story in so little time, so I’ll let the visuals do most of the talking.

yoga in paradise

Tamara is really into yoga. The sandy bottom was tricky to balance on, but she did a great job holding this pose for over a minute so I could draw as much color into the frame as possible.

roatan west end west bay

 

map of bay islands honduras

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roatan is between Utila and Guanaja, north of mainland Honduras. We stayed at the upper-most end of the white sand strip, but we traveled all over the island. I snapped this from the plane window on the way out.

 

las rocas resort roatan

Yep, we got the room with the view. Las Rocas Resort was awesome! Wonderful hospitality, the best cooking in West Bay, dive tours and water taxis from their private dock, coconuts ripe for the machete,  privacy at the end of the sand strip, and all at $100/night.

macaw roatan

We hung out with Macaws and monkeys, and had a look-see at the different insect species on the island. Check out the Dalmation-lookalike butterfly!

monkey play in roatan

butterfly dog lookalike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also shot some video footage with my iPhone, using a waterproof LifeProof case, which was fun to edit but frustrating to export from my computer – hence the incomplete subtitle during our crab encounter and the premature ending during the credits. Hey, it was good enough to be recognized as the LifeProof Video of the Week, so it must at least be kinda cool!

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Summer In Lake Tahoe – How To Make The Most Of Your Vacation

Friday, June 28th, 2013

stand up paddle sunset tahoe

Alright, so you’ve skied the resorts in winter. Have you enjoyed time in Tahoe during summer? As the saying goes in many mountain towns, “Come for winter, stay for summer.” And that’s literally how a good portion, if not the majority of Tahoe residents, landed in these mountains. Snow sports originally attracted most Tahoe locals, but under the white blanket that coats the Eastern Sierras in winter there lies an even more vibrant, valuable treasure. When the snow melts and the trails dry out, the wildflowers bloom and the water warms up. With more daylight to take advantage of, people come out of the woodwork and flock to the beaches and summits surrounding the lake, live music plays into the night, and believe it or not, there is much more to do during summer in Tahoe than there is in the winter. Let me put some ideas on the drawing board for you. From there, it’s up to you to take the information you’ve been given and use it to make the most of your time in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

galena falls hiking trail

Taken during a run to Galena Falls near Mt. Rose

Hmm…With so many options, where do I begin?

Wondering where to take a hike or bike? Well, just look at a trail map of Tahoe and you’ll quickly realize you not only have countless choices, but that a decision needs to be made. There are so many trails for hiking, running or biking that you’ll have to just pick one and stick with it. Chances are you’ll enjoy it, and if for some reason you don’t, you can always pick another! That’s the beauty of living in a place where your neighbors share your passions; a communal, reciprocal relationship between locals helps to keep trails maintained and litter-free.

I’m personally a big fan of trail running, and being in Tahoe definitely has it’s advantages. If I jog from my front door I’m rarely on pavement more than a half-mile. From there, it’s all singletrack or 4WD roads leading to gorgeous views, refreshing creek crossings and solitude in the mountains. If I do encounter others on a trail it’s usually a pleasant experience, and I sometimes catch myself smiling as I’m reminded of how friendly people are here. After all, we’re all out to have fun and enjoy the area, and even in passing I can often sense that common-ground. Regardless of the reasoning, whether it be the clean air that replenishes the spirit or the magnificent natural beauty in everything around us, it’s reassuring to know we all share similar ideals.

mountain biking trails lake tahoe

Yep, we sell first aid kits!

Since we’re talkin’ trails here, I can’t neglect all the classic mountain bike trails in the area. For those who are into downhill mountain biking and want lift-accessed trails, Northstar Resort will take you to the top so you can ride down without the uphill exercise. I can’t blame you – downhill bikes are heavy! For cross-country riders, there are so many trails I don’t even know where to begin. Most of the singletrack trails in the region are for both hikers and bikers, but if you’re hiking uphill be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled for downhill racers. ‘Right of way’ can be an ambiguous term on multi-use trails. The Flume Trail is probably the most popular bike ride in the area, and for good reason. It combines all features of the Tahoe Basin in one ride – winding through pine forests, climbing over dirt and granite, majestic views of the lake and mountains, and a killer workout. Oh, and a dip in the water at Chimney Beach! You can venture off the trail when you reach the east side of Lake Tahoe and hike down to Chimney Beach, a beautiful place to enjoy lunch and take a dip in the lake to cool off before returning to the saddle.

speedboat beach summer

Speedboat Beach, North Shore

Ahh, the beach. The beautiful beach. A white-sand beach surrounds a monstrous lake nestled in the Eastern Sierra Mountains, and you can find your own private stretch of lakefront shoreline depending on how hard you search. On a weekday this can be an easy feat. Weekends, think again. But that’s not to say it feels too crowded! So much fun can be had on the beach in Tahoe, and much of that can be credited to the people sharing your strip of sand. Moon Dunes is a popular local hang out, but only for convenience. Kings Beach has a long stretch of sand that fills up fast come mid-day, but I often find myself alone on morning jogs, even as late as 9 a.m.! One of the most beautiful beaches in North Lake is Speedboat Beach (pictured here), so be sure to hang there if you get the chance. On the eastern shore, the most recommended beach is Sand Harbor. Many people recognize the boulders that line the shore, and there is a great park and facilities to accommodate visitors. You can even (more…)

News: TMS Sales Tactics Discussed On Innovative Sports Network

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

This is great! Innovative Sports Network, a marketing firm based in San Diego, just published an interview with Tahoe Mountain Sports. It highlights our “innovative” retail sales strategies and goes behind the scenes at TMS to paint a picture of how we attract (and keep) our customers. From Affiliate Linking and managing multiple social networks to our HazMat shipping capabilities and the “personable” touch added to customers’ shopping experiences, Jason really dug deep and came up with the goods. Thank you, Jason Weinert of ISN, for sharing this!

tahoe mountain sports kings beach

 

What makes your online retail store stand out among the masses? As with any online retailer, something must be unique about an advertisement to catch my attention and keep my attention long enough to eventually click a tab that reads ‘proceed to checkout’. Most always that unique characteristic is the best bang-for-buck we can find when comparing prices online. The second reason most people land on a retailer’s webpage? Product Availability. If only one distributor has the Extra Small trail running jacket you need in the Bright Yellow hue you’re after, they’ll end up with your business in the end. And finally, Customer Loyalty. But with the number of online retailers vs. shoppers nowadays, how often do you really feel compelled to consistently support the same vendor? Rarely, if ever, I’m sure. I found Tahoe Mountain Sports online while conducting a…”

Click Here To Read The Full Article On ISN

 

 

 

Western States 100: Athlete Interview – Salomon’s Cameron Clayton

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Several of Salomon’s elite athletes came to our Trail Run / Hike Demo, and I couldn’t help but pick their brains about this weekend’s 100-mile race over rugged, stairmaster-style terrain from Squaw Valley to Auburn.

In 1974, alongside a team of horseback riders, Gordy Ainsleigh traversed the wild and rugged Western States Trail and proved that a human could travel 100 miles by foot in one day. This Saturday at 5:00 am, almost 500 trail runners will depart Squaw Valley and run that same trail. Those who finish within 24 hours are awarded silver medals. Out of those 450-500 participants, about 30-40 are ‘elite’ athletes, and less than twenty of them go into the race with an “I could win this…” kind of attitude. “Then again, sometimes you’ll have that one guy just who comes out of the woodwork [and wins],” said Cameron Clayton, fresh out of CU (Boulder, Colorado) and new to the Western States course.

cameron clayton, matt flaherty

Cameron Clayton (left), hanging with Matt Flaherty in the Salomon trailer.

I sat down on the steps in front of Tahoe Mountain Sports and did a little trail talkin’ with Mr. Clayton. We still had an hour or so to kill before our group trail run behind the shop, part of today’s free community Salomon gear demo, and running was on the mind.

When I asked Cameron what he expected of himself during the race, I didn’t expect him to say “I’m going to try to win.” But, like he explained, a dozen or so of the WSJ100 racers are well aware they’re at that level. Cameron says he doesn’t really train for these kinds of things. At least, not the way I expected, which was something like this: 20 miles one day, 10 miles the next, 40 the next, one day off, then race day. But that’s not at all the case. In college, Mr. Clayton did a big team run every Sunday and averaged 100-120 miles per week. He’s still running 120 miles or so per week, and he calls this Saturday “a very big day”, but I was really surprised he didn’t have some sort of training regimen in place.

The Western States Trail is up, down, up, down, up, down. But it’s mostly down, considering the elevation drop is more than 6,000 feet from Squaw Valley to the town of Auburn. Looking the trail map, I wasn’t sure how that would translate to the runner. According to everyone Cameron has asked, it also feels mostly downhill. “The first five miles can effect the last twenty miles, and some of the canyons feel like they’re 110-degrees when you get in them,” Cameron explained when I asked if he was anticipating any particular sections of trail. “You’re surrounded by beautiful scenery the entire way, but after the first fifty miles I’m not exactly taking in the view. I’m running hard. The first fifty miles you’re feeling the altitude, the second fifty you feel your legs. Especially miles 60-76, those are really downhill, and can really beat up your quads.”

salomon trail run demo

Taken during our group trail run. Salomon hydration pack & shoes.

Fortunately the runners are allowed ‘pacers’, or running buddies that run alongside to help motivate, and of course boost safety, but mostly for moral support. Pacers are only allowed to join the race for the last 62 miles, and multiple pacers can rotate shifts if they’d like. Matt Flaherty, another Salomon athlete, was hanging with Cameron when I sat down. Matt is playing the role of the pacer this weekend, and has yet to run the race himself but says it may be in his future. “I’m more of a 50k or 100k kind of guy.” Matt will be providing moral support to a friend from Colorado. Then again, from the sound of it, she may be more of an acquaintance. “Some athletes use a friend or their regular running partner to help pace them during distance races. Others meet someone prior to the race that showed up just to volunteer as a pacer.” Matt confirmed my assumption that utilizing your regular training partner as your pacer would be most beneficial. But if your usual buddy can’t be there, it’s good to know that you can always depend on random, last-minute help!

What’s the best thing about these kinds of races? “Everyone’s just out there to have fun and help push each other,” said Cameron, with a sincere smile that helped back up his statement. “Your biggest competition could wind up sharing their water with you. Of course, you’ll only take as much as you need. It’s really a great community experience.”

 

Thanks for your time and your positive attitudes, Mr. Clayton and Mr. Flaherty. And may the odds be in your favor this weekend.

 

 

Go Pro Hero 3 Black Edition – The Best Camera For Action Sports?

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Well, that depends on the characteristics you’re comparing. No, the Go Pro Hero 3 Black won’t zoom in to capture footage of first base from the dugout or your friend skiing a pillow line two hundred feet away. But it will do just about everything else you could ask for in an everyday, grab-n-go camera with built-in WiFi (remote included, waterproof up to 10 meters), and it’s smaller than a tennis ball. It doesn’t weigh much, either. At 2.6 ounces it’s barely noticeable…don’t lose it, kids – it’s also almost $400). But for that price any true photographer in their right mind would admit it’s one helluva bang for your buck. Who wouldn’t want an ultra-wide angle lens with an f-stop of 2.8 and the ability to take high-quality time lapse images? Don’t bother setting the ISO or bringing along an intervalometer – just set it to shoot every couple seconds and come back when you want it to stop. Wanna go all night? Take a Battery BacPac and double your battery life so you don’t have to stop your project halfway through. Check out the video quality in this short GoPro flick:

The Hero 3 Black shoots a wide range of qualities, from 720px at 120 fps and 1080 px at 60 fps all the way to a professional 4K Cinema 15 fps and 2.7K cinema 30 fps. Throw in an ultra-wide angle and much-improved low light capabilities since its predecessor, and the newest member of the GoPro family can produce better still photos faster than many professional cameras on the market. The Black Edition is also compatible with all the mounts you could ask for (GoPro handlebar mounts, GoPro roll cage mounts, GoPro baby sister mounts, etc, etc.) and waterproof up to 60 meters. Review your footage from the lift chair or while sitting in the lineup, and control the camera with your smartphone using the free GoPro app.

If you didn’t already know you wanted a GoPro Hero3 Black Edition before you read this review, you’ve surely realized by now how much you could use one. Even if you were never fond of GoPro from the start because you’re, say, loyal to your DSLR or film camera (we call them ‘late adopters’), or you just know you could create the same shot with the ‘real’ gear already in your quiver, admit it – this is a great achievement along the lifeline of photography. People with little to no skill can use a camera that weighs less than my cell phone to capture images that others have spent years (and thousands of dollars) learning to create. No manual settings, no swapping lenses, no adding extra pounds around to your pack load.

Hit Features:go pro hero 3 black edition

Professional, cinema-quality video at twice the resolution and twice the frame-rate of previous models while delivering twice better performance in low-light conditions.

Slow motion and top quality performance -  1080p-60, 720p-120, WVGA-240, 960p-100 and 1440p-48; 2.7KP-30 fps and 4KP-15 fps

Wi-Fi Remote is waterproof, wearable and can control up to 50 Wi-Fi-enabled GoPro cameras simultaneously from 600 feet away. Built in Wi-Fi can be controlled by iOS smartphones and tablets running the GoPro App.

What are the differences between the GoPro Hero3 Black, Silver and White editions?

White Edition: f/2.8 6-element lens, 5 megapixels, 3 photos per second
Silver Edition: f/2.8 6-element Aspherical Lens, 11 megapixels, 10 photos per second
Black Edition: f/2.8 6-element Glass Aspherical Lens, photos twice as sharp, 12 MP, 30 fps burst mode, shoots 1440 / cinema quality, three more burst modes, can take photos during video, WiFi-compatible

Get your GoPro Hero3 Black Edition and all your accessories and GoPro add ons at Tahoe Mountain Sports!

GoPro LCD Touch BacPac
GoPro LCD Touch BacPac
MSRP: $79.99
GoPro Wall Charger
GoPro Wall Charger
MSRP: $39.99
GoPro Chest Mount Harness
GoPro Chest Mount Harness
MSRP: $39.99

I Freakin’ Love This Place – Outdoor Recreation In North Lake Tahoe

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

I live in Kings Beach, California. I freakin’ love it here. There are so many options for fun and adventure. I do web content and marketing work at Tahoe Mountain Sports, and I freakin’ love it there, too. Working in such a beautiful place with so many opportunities for outdoor recreation is a luxury I hope I never, ever, ever take for granted. Working in the outdoor industry is a big bonus, as I have knowledge of, and access to, top-tier outdoor equipment, making it easier to get out and explore the greater Tahoe region at my leisure.

stand up paddle board

Cruisin’ the lake.

 

Tahoe is a magical place. I just had two days off work, and I want to explain how many awesome things I was able to do during those two days. Well, since the following events began Saturday evening when I got off work, make that two days and a night. I also want to thank Tahoe Mountain Sports for letting me take several pieces of demo equipment along with for the ride(s).

WARNING: This blog is about a butt-load of awesome outdoor gear and how much fun I have with it. It is ‘hyperlink-heavy’ because everyone should be able to benefit from great gear. Simply don’t click the links if you don’t want to be distracted from the story.

First, when I got off work Saturday at 6:30 I rode my bike across the street to the beach and got on a stand up paddleboard. As soon as I took a few strokes and was gliding across the surface of the lake my mind felt at ease and much of my stress left my body. As I coasted along inspecting the random treasures visible through clear blue water on the lake bottom, I noticed I was the only soul on the water as far as my eyes could see. Paddling is a very tranquil way to enjoy nature and simultaneously cleanse the spirit.

Then we raced over to Alpine Meadows Road and found the trailhead for Five Lakes. It’s up between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski resorts, and only a bit over two miles uphill to a beautiful granite and pine setting with tolerable swimming temps and great views of the Granite Chief Wilderness. We sat around the fire that night with dinner, s’mores and a good Shiraz.

snow peak trekker kit

Breakfast and coffee with a view.

I also got to use my Snow Peak Trekker Kit, which includes a Gigapower stove and Trek 1400 cookest. They’re all incredibly lightweight and the stove boils water in 3-4 minutes. I’ve been waiting to get this stove for a while now, and was stoked to finally try it out myself. The next morning we sat on a Thermarest Z-Lite sleeping pad and enjoyed coffee from a rock overlooking the lake. Then I called dad and wished him ‘Happy Father’s Day’ – love you, dad! We took a dip in the lake, filtered drinking water with my Katadyn Hiker water filter, which took half the advertised time to filter one liter (34 seconds, 60 pumps), and went for a beautiful trail run among the wildflowers out toward Barker Pass.

It was hot and dry up there, so I was stoked for my Platypus soft water bottle. I like how portable and packable it is. It’s great for trail running, and easily fits in a jacket pocket so I’m also excited to try it backcountry skiing this winter. On this overnight trip I got away with only packing the 1-liter soft bottle, and used my fast-acting filter for refills. That saved me the weight of a hard water bottle and excess water.

platypus soft water bottle

Saw a Platypus in a creek along the Pacific Crest Trail.

After the overnight camping trip and day hike / trail run I met some friends at Moon Dunes, a local beach on Lake Tahoe’s north shore. We threw discs on the beach and drank a few cold cans of Tecate, then went to Tahoe City for some shuffleboard at Pete N’ Peter’s followed by a delicious Hop Song IPA at Tahoe Mountain Brewery. I’m an IPA kind of guy, and I’ll tell you what – this was a good beer. My buddy Eric had their Hop Dragon Double IPA, but at 9.5% it was a bit strong for me at the particular moment. Still, I had a couple sips and it was fantastic! Perfectly balanced, robust yet well-balanced hops a smooth finish. Both of our beers exceeded our expectations (I’ve only been in Tahoe for nine months).

The next morning I went for a trail run from the top of Mt. Rose Summit. I’m trying out lightweight overnight backpacks for a fastpacking trip coming up in mid-July. We’ll be running around Evolution Basin near Bishop, CA, and I need a good bag I can cover lots of ground with that will wear comfortably and hold enough supplies for a few days on end. This particular evening I took a Boreas Muir Woods 30 pack for a test run out to Galena Falls. I’d prefer it a little less rigid for fastpacking, but it may end up working out in the end. It’s a great pack, and I understand that it’s a bit stiffer so it can carry more weight and remain stable when doing stuff like whipping around turns on a mountain bike. We’ll see…I still have some time to figure all that out.

That afternoon I met a buddy for a bike ride in the wicked-awesome network of singletrack trails behind Kings Beach. (more…)

Tahoe Summer Gear Rentals: Hiking & Camping, SUPs, Bear Cans,…..

Monday, June 17th, 2013

This review comes from Meaghen Rafferty, an adventure junkie residing on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Meaghen regularly contributes to the success of Tahoe Mountain Sports through many different avenues, and we thank her for being awesome.

Here at Tahoe Mountain Sports we understand you can’t bring everything with you while traveling and some of the things you can bring are often forgotten at home. Nothing beats remembering exactly where you put your sleeping pad and realizing it’s 1,000 miles away at home. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered on the basics with our outdoor gear rentals.

The “Bear” Necessities
Bears are not found everywhere in the world, but they are out-and-about here in Tahoe, and part of being a responsible hiker or camper is protecting your food from bears and vice-versa. Get yourself a Counter Assault Bear Keg for your trip. For many local campsites and thru-trails a bear canister is required. This canister will store up to eight days worth of food. It’s easy to use and can be stored in your backpack. A bear can is also a good idea if you plan on leaving your campsite unattended to keep bears, or pesky squirrels and birds, from getting to your food supply.

Those brown bear cubs wanted our web guy’s fish near the Kenai River in Alaska back in 2008 while hitch-hiking around the Kenai Peninsula. He turned the camera on just as they began changing direction. You won’t find brown bears in Tahoe, but the local black bears are just as troublesome, and will often return to your camp after you’ve scared them off to give your grub another shot. Why is this video relevant if there are no brown bears in Tahoe? Maybe it’s not, but it’s still pretty cool.

In addition to carrying food you will need to take drinking water. The altitude around the lake can dehydrate you fast and you will crave fresh water. There are some lots of drier areas, including stretches of the Tahoe Rim Trail where water is hard to come by, so don’t be caught without a water filter.  Be sure the water you are drinking is safe and bacteria-free. Our affordable water filter rentals will help you stay well nourished and maintain energy for your trip.

The Fun Stuff
Have SUP, will travel! The Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboard from Boardworks is the newest addition to our rental fleet.  Available for 3-hour and 24-hour rates, this durable inflatable SUP board deflates to fit in to the included, convenient backpack for remote access and easy transportation. The Shubu (Show Up and Blow Up) is a great alternative for SUP enthusiasts that can’t easily transport a full hard-board. The backpack will carry the paddleboard (deflated), the foot pump and a collapsible SUP paddle, and actually wears rather comfortably on your back. Ready to grab, go and get to the beach!

inflatable sup backpack

inflatable sup rental tahoe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Introducing The 2013 TMS / Boreas Gear Pack Tester Team!

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Summer has arrived and the second annual Boreas backpack adventure testing has begun! Tahoe Mountain Sports and Boreas Gear have partnered up to review the new Boreas travel packs, and we solicited gear testers all over the country to find the best-suited adventure travelers we could. It was tough picking – after all, we have a tremendous following of avid adventurers – but after two weeks of hunting we’ve narrowed it down to three candidates we believe will test their packs the best. Over the next few months our test team will be responsible for providing ‘real-world’  feedback on their chosen packs. In exchange for their help they’ll get to keep their packs for future adventures. Boreas Gear believes, “The best gear is neither complicated nor expensive yet as versatile as the person using it.” TMS believes we’ve found three versatile individuals to confirm these qualities in said ‘best gear’.

Introducing the 2013 TMS / Boreas Gear Pack Tester Team:

 

Dan Hutchinson Boreas

Dan Hutchinson - Erawan 70
As an avid traveler, mountain biker, hiker, boater, volunteer and student I have a demand for quality backpacks in my everyday adventures. I’m a stickler for functionality and versatility. This summer alone I will be traveling to South Africa to install solar panels at a local community college for my internship, hitting the main stretch of the Salmon River in Idaho and living out of a backpack/bag for the remaining months of summer while playing in and out of the Sacramento and Lake Tahoe area, including a couple of side trips to Downieville’s legendary single track.

 

Danielle Horton Boreas

 

 

 

Danielle Horton – Erawan 50
I’ll be traveling Australia’s east coast for four weeks then heading over to Fiji’s Yasawa Islands for an additional week of adventures. I would be taking the pack with me as I go hiking and rappelling in the Blue Mountains and snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. I think this trip will be the perfect opportunity to test the pack’s light weight, durability and versatility as I take it on planes, trains, buses and boats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Von der Mehden Boreas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Alex Von Der Mehden – Sapa Trek
I am an Eagle Scout in Troop 707 and we go on at least two trips per month in every kind of condition. Being that it is the summer, we have many more. When I am not on these trips I will be at home on my own adventures: free-ride mountain biking, kayaking on the Russian River, fishing, hiking, and having a blast, all with that pack on my back. I would be honored to put this pack through the paces of a summer of an Eagle Scout.

Throughout the summer these courageous testers will be embarking on grand adventures with their adventure travel packs, giving them the ultimate “real world” challenge. Will these Boreas backpacks hold up against the vigor of our gear testing team? Regardless of the outcome, this test will only help to improve the outdoor adventure industry.  Stay tuned as the summer progresses and the testers return from their travels with feedback about their new backpacks.

 

 

Boreas Sapa Trek
Boreas Sapa Trek
MSRP: $219.95
Boreas Erawan 50
Boreas Erawan 50
MSRP: $149.95
Boreas Erawan 70
Boreas Erawan 70
MSRP: $159.95

Last Ski Of The Season(?) – Purple Mountain, West Elk Wilderness

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

This guest post comes from Josh Whitney, a Boulder, CO-based pro mountain biker, cyclocrosser and lover of all things alpine. Josh occasionally contributes his trip reports, reviews and inspired mountain ramblings from the Rocky Mountain West to Tahoe Mountain Sports. His blog at josh-whitney.com blends bike racing and mountain adventures with musings on his day job in business, technology and sustainability.

purple mountain panoramic

My good buddy Mark and I woke at 5:30 on Memorial Day with the goal of climbing and then skiing from the peak of 12,958-foot Purple Mountain. The pyramidal peak, iconic and visible from downtown Crested Butte, offered nearly 3,000 feet of sweet corn skiing – if we could reach the top in time before the late spring sun softened the snow to the point of mashed potatoes and unsafe conditions. A moisture-rich April had given the mountains a serious recharge and conditions had finally settled, allowing for some bigger lines to be skied safely.

Following a fun fjord across the braided Slate River in the 4Runner, we donned hiking shoes and walked up the Daisy Pass road to snow line, around 9,800 feet, and put on our boots. Waterfalls cascaded all around us, and as we ascended up and through a small gorge the sunlight opened to gorgeous views up the valley and all around. Crested Butte is no doubt one of the most beautiful places on earth and we had arrived in time for the goods. A long slog on skins took us to a ridge-line bootpack and some class-3 scrambling put us on top of a nearly cloudless, windless, perfect day. (more…)

Salomon Shoe Demo And Group Run With Tahoe Mountain Sports

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Salomon and Tahoe Mountain Sports have partnered to bring the Tahoe community this awesome event! On Wednesday, June 26, the Salomon rig will be parked in front of our shop in Kings Beach from 2-6 pm; you won’t be able to miss it!

Salomon trail run hike shoe demo

This is your chance to try out Salomon shoes and hydration backpacks and take them for test – for free! Shoes and packs will be available to demo starting at 2 pm, and you can run or hike until your heart’s content. There will be a group run and a group hike leaving the store at 5 pm and we will split into groups based on ability level. Come join us for what is sure to be a fun time!

Runners of all abilities are encouraged to participate. Feel free to bring along your four-legged furry friends! The run will last approximately 45-60 minutes, and we’ll make trail directions easy for those who wish to set their own pace. Some of us run fast, others run slow. None of that matters, as long as you go.

We recommend you show up a little before 5 pm – actually, we recommend you show up at 2 pm and start checking out gear right away, but if you can only come for the group run or hike we suggest showing up a little early so you don’t feel rushed while choosing the shoes you want to test.

Click here to view the event on our Facebook page

Click here to view the event on our Meetup group’s page

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