Tahoe Mountain Sports Camping & Backpacking Education Series A Three Month Long, FREE Series Presented by Cascade Designs
If you enjoy exploring the outdoors while camping and backpacking, you don’t want to miss this FREE, three-part education series at Tahoe Mountain Sports. Three separate, fun and educational events will bring the Tahoe-Truckee outdoors community together for experiences like no other, valued at: priceless. The cost to the public: free. Popular and credible guest speakers will be on-site to inform and entertain each night of the series; look forward to learning directly from professional guides, outdoor equipment brand representatives, and regional organizations that will help you make the most of your camping and backpacking experience this season.
Join the knowledgeable staff at Tahoe Mountain sports for this three-part educational series. Each event is free, open to the public and will include a 45-60 minute presentation/discussion with outdoor equipment representatives leading each entertaining and informative session. The Tahoe Mountain Sports 2015 Camping & Backpacking Education Series is not intended to be an exclusive, end-all education, but a rare opportunity to learn how to be well-versed on the information available to make sure you make the most of your camping and backpacking adventures. Discover the wealth of knowledge available through local classes in the Truckee-Tahoe area, learn how to use and service your gear and participate in hands-on activities to fortify your skills.
Tahoe Mountain Sports (TMS) will offer special deals on products in the store each night during the three part series!
What: Three-Part Camping & Backpacking Education Series – Presented by Cascade Designs
When: Wednesdays – May 20th, June 3rd and July 15th
PART ONE: Weds. May 20th “Camp Cooking Demo & Food Tasting”
With a TON of awesome “Camp Kitchen” stoves, cookware and food choices out there, it can be a daunting task to gear-up and get cooking in the backcountry. From lightweight stoves like the MSR Pocket Rocket to the MSR Alpinist 2 Cook System which includes all you need to cook a meal, the “Camp Kitchen” category has come a long way. Learn the basics of creative and healthy food preparation, including proper use of your camp kitchen gear. Michelle Shea (Adventure Dining Guide) will be present to lead a discussion and demo on how to successfully cook in the outdoors. Special discounts will be available on select products in the store this night only! Tahoe Mountain Sports can help all in attendance be informed on the best tactics for safe, healthy and creative backcountry cooking as well as educate them on our extensive “Camp Kitchen” inventory. This event is free and open to the public.
PART TWO: Weds. June 3rd “How to Enjoy the Pacific Crest Trail and Tahoe Rim Trail”
The Tahoe Rim Trail and Pacific Crest Trail are invaluable resources right here in the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee region. Chock full of wonderful flora and fauna, these beautiful trail systems are a gem in the midst of the majestic Sierra Nevada. The Pacific Crest Trail Association is singularly focused on preserving, protecting and promoting the (PCT) which stretches from Mexico to Canada. The Tahoe Rim Trail Association’s mission is to maintain and enhance the 165-mile long (TRT) trail system that stretches around the entirety of Lake Tahoe. Both organizations promote stewardship, conservation and offer a multitude of resources about using and preserving the trails. Learn how to safely and responsibly enjoy the trails that are right in your backyard. Special discounts will be available on select products in the store this night only! Tahoe Mountain Sports can help you stock up on maps, guidebooks and equip you with the best hiking shoes, backpacks and more. This event is free and open to the public.
PART THREE: Weds. July 15th “Lighten your Load with New Innovative Products and Techniques”
Learn about the best techniques to sleep comfortably and stay hydrated while hiking, camping and backpacking with a full presentation on the latest gear from Thermarest and Platypus. Special discounts will be available on select products in the store this night only! Tahoe Mountain Sports can help you stock up on sleeping pads, ground pads, hydration systems and equip you with the best gear to make your backcountry experience both comfortable and memorable. This event is free and open to the public.
The deals return! Tahoe Mountain Sports’ Rep Sample Sale brings you the best bargains on top-notch gear, clothing and equipment this Memorial Day weekend in Truckee on Saturday May 23, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Proceeds from all sales will benefit the Auburn Ski Club Nordic Programs.
For this exciting event, we’ve invited over a dozen of local sales representatives to set up booths in the Tahoe Mountain Sports front parking lot – conveniently located in the Safeway Shopping Center. Get exclusive deals from the brand representatives themselves, including new samples and discounted demo gear. Plus, you’ll get their expert advice and selling points to ensure you’re making the best buy. This year’s brands include Deuter Backpacks, Salomon, Black Diamond, The North Face, Marmot, Volkl and more to gear you up for all seasons in the Truckee-Tahoe region.
Find unbeatable prices, and gear for all outdoor sports: lifestyle and technical clothing, tents, sleeping bags and other camping necessities, as well as Nordic ski gear and winter backcountry equipment. Admission is free.|
Look for the tents and flags this Memorial Day weekend (Saturday, May 23) at the corner of the parking lot at the Safeway Shopping Center (at the Bank of the West entrance). We’re just a short distance from exits 185 and 186 off on Highway CA-80 and Highway CA-89, so come for the sale, then, make a day at the beach or on the trails. You don’t want to miss these deals from the source!
What: Outdoor Sports Brand Representative Sample Sale
When: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Tahoe Mountain Sports, 11200 Donner Pass Rd. E5 Truckee, CA 96161 (Front parking lot, near the Bank of the West entrance at the Safeway Shopping Center)
A Summer Long, Try-Before-You-Buy, Series Brought to you by Tahoe Mountain Sports
How many times have you tried on a pair of athletic, performance or trail shoes in-store, only to find out that they don’t fit the same once you are out on the trail?
Don’t get stuck with shoes that don’t fit just right, try before you buy at the summer long “TMS Demo Shoe Days” at Tahoe Mountain Sports. To launch this exciting series, TMS has partnered with many of the best shoe brands to bring Truckee / North Lake Tahoe multiple opportunities to find the perfect shoe fit. Outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds can visit Tahoe Mountain Sports from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m. (during each event) to demo this year’s best shoes on their own time, or, join the TMS Crew followed by a guided, group run from a local trailhead a 6:15 p.m.
You don’t want to miss this opportunity to demo some of the leading athletic, performance or trail shoes in the world! This is your chance to take a pair of shoes and put them to the test – for free! The group run will split into groups based on ability level and leave from a designated (local) trailhead shortly after 6:15 p.m. We’ll explore a nearby trail system with a focus catering to beginner and intermediate runners’ tastes. Come join us for what is sure to be a fun time! Dogs are welcome, but they’re your responsibility
What: Special “try before you buy” opportunity to demo this year’s best trail running shoes (for FREE) followed by a group run at a local trailhead
When: Thursdays on May 14th, June 4th, July 9th, Aug. 13th & Sept. 10th (2015)
Time: On-Your-Own-Time Demo Period: 2:00-5:30 p.m. | Group Run and Demo: 6:15 p.m. (guided, beginner-to-intermediate oriented run at a designated, local trailhead)
Where: Tahoe Mountain Sports, 11200 Donner Pass Rd. E5 Truckee, CA 96161 (Safeway Shopping Center) and a local trailhead (location to be determined in advance)
Presented by: Altra Running, Ultimate Direction, Montrail, Topo Athletic, Oboz, Salomon, Brooks Running, SmartWool, The North Face, CEP and more…
This post comes from Rachel McCullough, an avid hiker, mountain biker, rock climber, yogi, skier and photographer living in Truckee, CA. Follow @rachelmcphotos on Instagram for stunning images of beautiful Sierra scenery. When Rachel isn’t enjoying her free time in the outdoors, she’s teaching skiing at Northstar California or building and marketing websites for her clients at McCullough Web Services.
Who: Rachel, Adam What: Hiking Where: From Tahoe City to Truckee, along the Tahoe Rim Trail and the 06 Forest Road When: April 2015
Photo: Rachel McCullough
“Did you do an idiot check?” I asked Adam as we left our rest spot. [The idiot check is the last glance back to make sure that you actually packed everything that you came with, so you don’t feel like an idiot later when you realize you left your water bottle sitting on a log.] Never having heard that phrase, he asked if I was checking for him since he was an idiot for coming along on one of my crazy hikes! Unfortunately, I am not sure he is the first to have that thought cross his mind while hiking with me. While we had hiked together many times since we met in college, I have pushed myself towards what some would call the extreme, while he has been enjoying hiking like most people, five to ten miles at a time. But, he can out ride me any day, so I figured what’s a few extra miles?
Spring Ladies Night at Tahoe Mountain Sports An inspirational evening presented by Deuter Backpacks
Join your fellow ladies in the Truckee-Tahoe area for a fun night at your local outdoor gear headquarters and get excited for summer along with the rest of us! Lake Tahoe, CA native and Senior Backcountry guide, Laura Steinbach will lead a motivational presentation and slideshow on the basics and intricacies of backpacking, planning a backpacking trip and providing some tips and tricks for success based on her years of experience in the field. She’ll be focusing on educating entry-level female backpackers, with some topics including logistical and permit planning, Leave No Trace (choosing camps, water sources, etc), Choosing the right gear (focusing on backpacks), and packing a backpack for different situations/gear combinations.
Special Guest – SYMG’s Laura Steinbach (Photo: SYMG)
What: Special ladies’ centric evening with a presentation on how to make the best of camping and backpacking
When: Wednesday, April 29th | Doors-Shopping Specials: 5:00 p.m. | Official Program: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Attendees of this FREE (all ages) event will enjoy store-wide savings and special deals on women’s specific apparel, footwear and gear. Utilize this great evening as the perfect opportunity to do some spring shopping, or to simply spoil yourself! A portion of proceeds from Ladies Night will benefit the Tahoe Food Hub, a local non-profit organization that is working to restore local food distribution by building a regional food system for North Lake Tahoe. They serve as a foodshed council educating our community on the environmental, economic and social health benefits of regional food system.
In addition to great deals on gear and clothing for women, there are great prizes to be won in the raffle (benefiting the Tahoe Food Hub), including gear from Deuter Backpacks and lots more! With summer just around the corner, Tahoe Mountain Sports has everything you need to enjoy the outdoors. If you’re into hiking, backpacking, yoga, Crossfit, rock climbing, trail running or triathlons we’ve got the gear to get you out there! Enjoy special shopping deals in an intimate and customized setting that will leave you inspired to take your skills to the next level.
Laura Steinbach has been guiding in Yosemite and the High Sierra for over a decade. She’s a veteran of the John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails and is the Senior Backcountry Guide at Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides (SYMG) for whom she leads expedition-style multi-week trips. She currently lives in South Lake Tahoe and can be found backpacking, rock climbing, backcountry skiing and mountain biking at every free moment she can find.\
This post comes from Shaun Nauman, a blogger (snowboardmountaineer.com) and Boulder, CO resident. When Shaun isn’t studying snow hydrology and forecasting avalanches, the AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Instructor is finding new adventures in the backcountry on his splitboard. Watch for more gear reviews and fun reading from Shaun and other Ambassadors of Tahoe Mountain Sports.
The Merrell Capra was designed for speed hiking mixed terrain and, so far I am impressed. The Capra has a generally rigid feel and stable platform. The shoe is a bit stiff out of the box, but break-in fairly easy. Allow yourself a bit more break-in the first few times wearing them out before a long ascent. On a mixed trail-run and hike they were extremely sturdy on uneven, loose, and rocky terrain. Yet this shoe is so light, it feels more like a running shoe. This lends itself for fast, same-day approaches on virtually any terrain.
Photo: Shaun Nauman
I typically do a combination of trail running, hiking on steeps, and scrambling. These shoes really cover every activity on the trail. Coming down on steep loose talus and gravel I had no problems. This is partly due to the tapering forefoot.
Photo: Shaun Nauman
Merrell has incorporated some amazing technology in to this shoe. The Capra is designed with inspiration from the Capra mountain goat whose cloven hoof lends itself incredibly well to gripping support and stability. Using a split sole design in the outsole toe tread, this mimics the climbing capability of a Capra. As far as the sole goes, a 3.5mm Vibram lug depth provides incredible traction. Typically the deeper lugs are not found on a shoe this lightweight intended for speed hiking. The combination of deep lugs, and a traction sole built thicker at the heel, and narrow at the toe is a profound advancement in trail shoes.
The Capra also has an exoskeleton design along the outside of the shoe that is neatly linked to the lace-up points which provide excellent toe-box support. This provides a well-grounded stiffener and extra stability over rough terrain. Merrell refers to this technology as the Stratafuse™ exoskeleton which fuses the foot cage to mesh and keep the shoe incredibly lightweight.
Even though these are rigid shoes, there is a defined heal break in the unified midsole, which offers flexibility. Merrell refers to this as UniFly™. They feel much harder at the foot and softer at the ground, which is a noticeable improvement over many trail shoes I have had.The Gore-tex material on the outer breathes and keeps the feet dry running through water crossings and standing water, even fully submerged.
Photo: Shaun Nauman
– I am truly impressed with the Merrell Capra. They can be used in a wide range of trail activities, and through varied conditions.
– Lightweight speed hiking shoe.
– Vibrom sole, with deep traction lugs.
– Traction grips on the edge of the outsole are a little wide for my comfort, which tend to catch. However, since everyone has a different instep, this may not be a problem for others.
The Capras offer exceptional comfort, especially for a stiffer lightweight shoe. The Vibram patterning makes this a great all-around trail shoe or an approach shoe. They spare every ounce, focus on traction, connection, and cushioning where you need it. In all a fantastic speed hiking shoe.
Enter to win one of two FREE pairs of Merrell Capra Speed Hiker Shoes HERE!
Keeping you sure-footed on the edge, this extremely lightweight speed hiker is made for the ultimate adrenalized climbs and scrambles.
Tenacious, durable and waterproof, it keeps your feet dry and spares every ounce, strategically placing cushioning where you need it: more at the heel buffers the descent, while it tapers at the forefoot for maximum ground feel and responsiveness over variable terrain.
#TMS Merrell Capra Giveaway – Rules and Regulations
- One entry per user. Must be 18 years or older. Winner pays shipping outside continental U.S.
– Giveaway period runs March 31 through April 25, 2015. One random winner will be drawn on April 28 and contacted via email.
– User agrees to be added to Tahoe Mountain Sports newsletters.
– No purchase is necessary.
– Any and all purchases from Tahoe Mountain Sports (or any of its respective channels) will not improve one’s chances of winning.
– Winner(s) of the will not hold Tahoe Mountain Sports responsible for any/all warranty issues that arise with the giveaway. Merrell / Merrell Outside assumes all responsibility for any/all warranty issues with the products in the #TMS Merrell Capra Giveaway
– Tahoe Mountain Sports shall be primary contest sponsor and is the principal place of business (11200 Donner Pass Rd. E5, Truckee, CA 96161)
– Tahoe Mountain Sports will contact the winner by email. Entrants must provide a valid email.
Chris Cloyd is a TMS ambassador athlete based out of Truckee, CA. He and Steven Benesi, a distance runner and mountain athlete from Truckee, are attempting to run and climb all of the peak on the Western States Climbers’ OGUL List by the end of 2016. Their successes and shortcomings will be recounted in this space – subscribe to the TMS blog RSS feed to follow their story!
And…we’re Off! (Photo: Chris Cloyd)
Living in California, Mount Shasta possesses a particular mystique. If you’ve ever driven down I-5 from Oregon, you’ve laid eyes on Shasta’s imposing bulk and (if you spend any time in the mountains at all) considered what it must be like on its summit block. Many visitors every year climb or skin to the top, and you can ski all the way from the summit (conditions allowing) to your car for a 7,000 foot descent that is truly unique. This past week, I went up for a first attempt for Shasta’s summit with my friends Michael Jaskot and Matt Hardwick, and it was a trip to remember.
Sunrise Hut with the ridge of Melting Faces in the background.
If you are a backcountry skier or boarder and ever have the chance to travel to Golden, BC…GO! Go NOW!
While Tahoe wallows in the throws of our fourth consecutive dry winter, one can only hope that by going North, you will eventually find what you are looking for. This year was no different because even though it hadn’t snowed much in the two weeks before we arrived, the temps stay crispy cold and the sun is low keeping all the but the most southern faces in prime skiing condition.
This year’s plan was for 2 days at Roger’s Pass and then a rare, partial week at the Sunrise Hut operated by Golden Alpine Holidays. We arrived to sunny, bluebird skies and that is what would persist our entire time. It felt like we were back in California, but the mountains were blanketed in white, the temps never got higher than -10C and instead of Snickers bars we ate EAT-MORE bars!
Zack and his old school Iron Cross move!
The first two days we spent touring on Roger’s Pass from the two most popular and centrally located trail heads. Day ONE took us to Balu Pass with some great North facing pow on the way and Day TWO took us on the Young’s Peak traverse for our longest day of the trip.
(Utilize the Suunto Movescount App on your laptop, tablet or phone to make it work its magic.)
On Day THREE, a quick eight minute Heli ride from the staging area took us to the Sunrise Hut at around 7,000 ft. We got in, ate our first of the most awesome lunches and hauled water as fast as we could, so we could get out and get skiing. The terrain around the Sunrise Hut is pretty perfect for all day ski touring. We were able to ski about 600-1,100 ft runs all around the hut and in most cases, up into the alpine.
Assistant guide Hayden grabbing some pillow action
We were particularly fond of hitting the Ridge of Melting Faces for our first few runs everyday as it was the only time the sun was on it. When we arrived at the hut, the faces were clean and void of any ski lines so this made them extra tasty. Even after day FOUR, we still weren’t crossing even our own tracks and that is one of the best parts of a trip like this.
Admiring our brush strokes on a previously blank canvas
Thanks to our guide/cook team of Julie and Rich Marshall we were incredibly well nourished and well guided throughout. We even got to celebrate Zack’s leap year birthday with some sparkler magic!
Tahoe Mountain Sports is proud to carry solar panels and solar-powered gadgets by Goal Zero. Charge your laptop, phone, audio device, batteries and other electronics while in the field with your own portable power device.
Since Goal Zero became a company in June of 2009 their mission has been to empower people by putting reliable power in the hands of every human being. As they’ve grown over the years their mission has stayed the same and they’ve been lucky enough to connect with people around the world. They’ve been amazed by the steady flow of stories we receive about the good that our friends around the world are doing. In order to help share these stories they’ve created Solar Life.
Solar Life is about the feeling you get waking up to a frost-encrusted tent before dawn. It’s hiking a high mountain ridge to watch the sun rise. It’s bringing light into the lives of those in need, but most of all it’s having the freedom to get out and stay out doing the things that you love without compromising. Solar Life exists to capture and share the stories of those seeking adventure and empowering others. These stories come from their ambassadors, employees and, most importantly, you.
Whether you’re at base camp for months, camping in your backyard, or serving your community, these stories are for you. Goal Zero hope they inspire, empower, and help you live a Solar Life of your own.