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

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

















Capture the Moment
Tourism in Tahoe varies from winter to summer but the objective remains the same. Get outside and play! Whatever your adventure may be, rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, stand up paddling, kayaking, fly fishing or site-seeing around the lake, save those memories with the ION Air Pro-Wi-Fi Camera. Rent this camera for the day and get all the mounts and memory you need to capture your experience and take your bragging rights to the next level. The ION allows you to instantly share HD video from your smart phone or tablet and post it to Facebook, YouTube, emails and more! You can also review your footage after filming, whereas other POV cameras have to be connected to a computer before viewing. Here’s an example of some mountain biking footage shot on an ION Air Pro WiFi:

What you didn’t know you needed
There are seemingly endless opportunities to explore from quick day hikes to spending two-weeks on the Tahoe Rim Trail or in Desolation Wilderness. When your sense of adventure urges you off the beach and on to the trail we’ve got your back! Men’s and Women’s Specific Backpacks are available for rent in a variety of sizes to fits your needs. We even rent Child Carrier Backpacks. Fully adjustable to fit mom or dad, these innovative packs function as a gear hauler and as a comfortable seat for your little one – rentals come equipped with a sunshade to protect their sensitive skin. This way they can sit back, relax and enjoy the view while you hike comfortably with the weight of a child plus trail supplies on your back. Rent a backpack in Tahoe and get out into our countless acres of beautiful wilderness!

kings beach hiking trails

A beautiful view from our local trail network behind Kings Beach.

For your Campsite
As comfortable as they are making tent floors these days (“ahem!”), your sleeping bag alone may not be enough to rough it on some of the more rocky terrain that the Sierras provide. Stop in and grab a sleeping pad so you can spend the night actually sleeping! Inflatable sleeping pads make a big difference because they can pack down really small and they fit easily into a pack without adding a lot of weight.

All around the lake there are amazing campsites, so it’s tough to fight the urge to go out and camp. We offer tent rentals for up to four people. Try out some of the newest technology in tents with a Nemo tent rental. Don’t forget to pick up a camping guide book to help you pick out the perfect campsite in Tahoe!

Have fun this summer and don’t let a lack of equipment be the reason you don’t have tons of fun! Our outdoor gear rental process is fast and easy. You can call ahead (530-546-7001) to check availability and to reserve equipment.

Note: Multiple day rentals get a 10% discount. We also offer winter gear rentals like snowshoes and poles, backcountry ski gear and avalanche safety equipment.




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.

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