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TMS Summer Rental Gear

July 22nd, 2015 By   

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Tahoe Mountain Sports offers a great selection of summer demo equipment for rental in Truckee, CA to be used in the Lake Tahoe region or surrounding areas.

Get out and make the most out of a day on the lake or on the trails. Whether you forgot it at home or are looking to try-before-you-buy, our Summer Rental Gear will make your adventure complete.

Looking to stay warm in the water? Get in a 2XU wetsuit. Camping? Be sure to pack a bear canister, try out a 2 or 4 person tent, sleep soundly with a pad and filter your water for a worry-free experience. Set out on the trails with your infant, demo a Deuter Kid Comfort II Child Carrier. Been eyeballing a serene, mountain lake? Try one of our Boardworks SUP Inflatable Paddle Boards! Need a backpack? Check out the Deuter ACT Lite for both men and women.

Click here for the Tahoe Mountain Sports Outdoor Gear Rental rates.

*For 2015 we’re excited to offer the new Oboz Bridger Mid BDry Hiking Boots for demo.
Come on in and try-before-you-buy! 

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*Want to step to up your running game? Try a FREE Ultimate Direction Race Vest and Water Bottle Demo (While supplies last).

All rental rates are good for a 24-hour period (unless otherwise specified) and user of equipment must be present to rent backcountry gear. Rentals of 3 or more days qualify for a 10% discount on the entire duration of the rental

If you would like to demo or rent something not on the list, just call (530-536-5200) and we will be happy to coordinate your outdoor adventure. All rentals or demos can be put towards the purchase price if you decide to purchase the equipment up to $150.

Sierra Crest 30K / 50K Ultra Run – Sat. Aug. 8th

July 17th, 2015 By   

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On Aug. 8, the Auburn Ski Club will host the Inaugural Sierra Crest 30K and 50K which is an exciting point-to-point trail run that takes advantage of some of the Truckee/Donner Summit region’s best single track. The Sierra Crest begins at 6650ft, on trails heading out from Tahoe Donner’s new Adventure Center, joining up with the Donner Lake Rim Trail, and finally ending on the trails at the Auburn Ski Club Training Center at 7200ft.

This unique race offers spectacular views of the Sierra Crest and some of the Northern Sierras most spectacular mountain peaks (including, Euer Valley, Frog Lake Cliffs, Donner Lake, Summit Lake, Castle Peak and the many other mountain peaks along the Sierra Crest). Fully stocked aid stations along both courses will be in place to keep runners well fueled, 5 stations for the 50k, and 3 stations for the 30K. Register and learn more at www.sierracrest50k.com

The Sierra Crest event is a fundraiser benefiting the year-round ASC Training Center Biathlon Program.  In just 3 years the ASCTC Biathlon Program has grown steadily, hosting the US Biathlon National Championships in 2015, and with local athletes enjoying success nationally and internationally. The program depends of volunteers and donations for its continued growth and sustainability.

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Meg Seifert of the Auburn Ski Club says, “We’re super stoked to have Zach Violett from Bend Oregon coming down to compete in our inaugural Sierra Crest 50K race! He grew up xc-skiing & racing at the Auburn Ski Club, so it’s awesome to have his support in this event that’s a benefit for the ASC Biathlon program. Thanks Zack for remembering your roots!” Zach Violett responds, “Since ski racing as a youth & junior at both Tahoe Donner and the Auburn Ski Club, I’ve wanted to come back to explore the great running trails in the area. This is will be a perfect opportunity to run in one of my favorite places in the world!”

Race bib packet pick-up for the Sierra Crest 50K at Tahoe Mountain Sports (11200 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA – Safeway Plaza) will be on Friday, August 7th from 10:00am-6:00pm with pre-race trail briefing, Q&A happening at 4:30pm.

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RACE DESCRIPTION:   Welcome to the inaugural running of the Sierra Crest 30k and 50k, point-to-point trail runs taking advantage of the best single track dirt trails between Truckee & Donner Summit! The courses offer scenic views of some of the Northern Sierra’s most stunning terrain, including Euer Valley, Frog Lake Cliffs, Summit Lake, Castle Peak, and other incredible peaks of the Sierra Crest. The 30k and 50k courses start off on Tahoe Donner’s extensive trail system, head up and over to the Donner Lake Rim Trail, and finally end on the Auburn Ski Club trails, literally crossing over the crest of the Sierra Nevada. These point-to-point trails offer runners a brand new, fun, and challenging but manageable route, with plenty of dirt, rock, forest and elevation change; 4,660 ft gain, 4,125 ft loss for the 50k; and 3493 ft gain and 2,948 ft loss for the 30k.  The runs start at Tahoe Donner’s new Adventure Center/Cross Country Ski Area (TDAC/XC), and finishes at the Auburn Ski Club Training Center (ASCTC), at the far western end of the Boreal Mountain Resort parking lot. An early morning shuttle ride ($15 per person) from ASCTC to TDAC/XC can help runners keep the logistics easy. Be prepared for any weather condition, because at this high elevation in August it may be hot, or perfect, or cool, or rainy.

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PRE RACE CHECK-IN:   There will be an opportunity to preview the Tahoe Donner section of the course and pick up bib packets on Thursday, Aug.6th, from 4-6pm, at the TDAC/XC. This brand new building is located at the same ‘old’ cross country center location, 15275 Alder Creek Road. If space is available we will do onsite registration at this place/time for an additional $20. late registration fee. Runners are encouraged to attend the Friday, August 7th, 10am-6pm bib packet pick-up, with pre-race trail briefing, Q&A happening at 4:30pm, at Tahoe Mountain Sports, located at the east end of the Truckee Safeway shopping center, across from Bank of the West. All runners receive 10% off coupon in their packets from Tahoe Mountain Sports, for either in-store or online purchases. Race morning bib packet pick-up will be available at TDAC/XC starting at 6:00am. Drop bags can be left at the start by 6:30am, for both the 30k and 50k runners. Drop bags will be delivered to the Glacier Way Aid Station, the Donner Lake Aid Station and the finish line at the ASCTC. Drop bags must be clearly marked with the desired Aid Station or Finish Line, and with the runner’s name and bib number. Please do not leave any valuables including keys, iPods, cellphones, etc in your drop bag. We cannot guarantee that drop bags can be delivered to the finish line any earlier than 4pm, as drop bags cannot be returned until the Donner Lake Aid Station closes. It is the runner’s responsibility to collect their drop bag at the end of the race. The Race Director is not responsible for any lost items.

RACE DAY INFORMATION:   50k starts at 7:00am. 30k starts at 8:00am.
All 50k and 30k runners MUST check in at TDAC/XC Saturday morning prior to the start of their race, even if you have previously picked up your bib packet, as we need to know who actually starts the race. Check-in begins one hour before the start of each race and is completed 15 minutes prior to the start of each race. There is plenty of parking at the start and finish areas. The shuttle transport, $15 per person, will leave the ASCTC parking lot at 5:30am, to arrive at TDAC/XC by 6:00am.

 

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35th Annual Squaw Mountain Run – Sat. Aug. 1st, 2015

July 17th, 2015 By   

 

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The 35th Annual Squaw Mountain Run / Hike (Saturday, August 1st, 2015) 

For the past 34 years, on the first Saturday of August, hundreds runners and hikers have made the annual pilgrimage to the top of Squaw Valley to enjoy a great workout with stunning views of Lake Tahoe and the High Sierra. Starting at the base of Squaw Valley Ski Resort (6200’) the course climbs the 3.6 mile Mountain Run to High Camp (8200’) where awards, raffle, music, light refreshments & beer are provided.

Participants can choose to run or take a more leisurely pace and hike, or Nordic Walk (hike with poles). For the less energetic – let the cable car do the 2000 foot elevation gain & join their knowledgeable guides for the beautiful Flower Walk on easy rolling terrain. The 35th Annual Squaw Mountain Run benefits ASC Junior Programs and the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center (with over $20,000.00 raised to date).

Race Includes
– Transport of your spare clothes up to High Camp (bring a compact bag – labeled with your name) for your gear
– Two aid stations on the course (first one with just water, second with water, energy drink & mini clif bars to fuel you for the last push to the finish)
– Brad Henry mugs for the top 3 men and top three women overall
– Awards for the uphill competitors – top 3 places in 10 year age categories
– All participants entered in the raffle for some great prizes from Salomon and our other supporters
– All participants receive a souvenir beer glass at the finish line
– Live music & light refreshments & beer at High Camp
– Discounted tram ride to High Camp for spectators
– Prayer flag at the awards to honor those who have lost their lives to cancer
– Free cable car ride back down
– Souvenir Salomon tech shirts available on a first come basis beginning at registration

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Registration:

– Online: www.squawmountainrun.com
– In-Person: Tahoe Mountain Sports (11200 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA – Safeway Plaza)
Daily from July 27th-July 31st 10:00am-6:00pm (cash and check only)
– Day Before the Race: (Friday, July 31st) in the Village at Squaw Valley Village from 4:00pm-7:00pm

Bib Pick-Up:

– Race Day: (Saturday, Aug. 1st) from 7:00am-8:00am.

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2014 Squaw Mountain Run Winner – Anja Gruber says, “I have done the Squaw uphill run three times now – the first time was brutal and I thought I was barely going to make it, the second time I was so happy to be in less pain, and last year it was really exciting for me to be a lot faster and feel a lot better! Regardless of the result, it feels so good to tackle this mountain and finish the race and the view from the top and the scene in the finish with everyone having fun and enjoying great company is super rewarding. I’m always a little nervous about pacing this race, its tough from the beginning to the end without really any recovery, and with everyone starting at the same time it’s tempting to go out a little too hard. I try to just get into a good rhythm, put one foot in front of the other and tell myself that the pain really isn’t all that bad.. knowing that once I see the people in the finish, I’ll likely forget how much it hurt to get up there anyways. Winning the race is fun for sure, but for me it’s more interesting to compare my time to my results in the past. Beating yourself is the best motivation to keep pushing when it gets hard!”

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2014 Squaw Mountain Run | Ph: Mark Nadell / MacBeth Graphics

Meg Seifert of the Auburn Ski Club says, “Squaw Mt Run is a truly amazing event, we get people of all abilities out there challenging themselves on a tough climb. There are so many wonderful people that do this event annually. It is a great way to spend a day in Tahoe, exercise, music, food and beer. From an organizer’s perspective, there are a lot of logistics to put on a point to point race, but it is a great challenge. All the work seems so worth it as I watch hundreds of people enjoying their day at High Camp.”

Flower Walk:
– For the less energetic! Signing up for the Flower Walk gets you the 9am tram ride up to High Camp (tram ticket included in your entry) & knowledgeable guides to show you what and where the best flowers are. The blooms are usually spectacular this time of year. As a participant you are also entered into the raffle and get a souvenir beer mug. Registration is the same as the race – just check the flower walk option on the reg form & check in at the flower walk/spectator tickets table to get your free cable car ticket

Help Fight Cancer:
– For many the event has become a way to celebrate life following personal struggles with cancer or in memory of a loved one who may have been less fortunate. There will be a flag at registration for those who wish to sign, and write names of loved ones. The flag will be carried up by a volunteer participant and we will hold a short prayer ceremony at the Awards ceremony. 20% of funds raised from The Squaw Mountain Run are donated to The Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation to help local cancer patients afford the care they need. In the last six years since Auburn Ski Club took over the event – ASC has raised over $15,000 for the Foundation.

Volunteer & Get a Free Tram Ride
– ASC needs help at registration, at feed stations and at High Camp. Please email m.seifert@assoc.auburnskiclub.org if you can help.

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If you have any questions about this year’s race please email Squaw Mountain Run – Race Director Meg Seifert: m.seifert@assoc.auburnskiclub.org

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Tahoe Rim Trail Unsupported Fastest Known Time Report

July 16th, 2015 By   

TMS Ambassador Mike Tebbutt is an avid adventure runner and member of the Donner Party Mountain Runners. Follow Mike on Instagram at @irontebby. Although his record breaking time of completing the Tahoe Rim Trail was subsequently broken shortly after his run, we are very proud of Mike and his herculean efforts. Way to go Mike!

On June 25th, I set out at 2:35AM from the Brockway trail head in counter clockwise direction in an attempt to break JB Benna’s unsupported fastest known time of 58h 43m 12s on the approx. 174 mile Tahoe Rim Trail. On June 27th at 8:52AM, I arrived back at Brockway to a great ovation by 10 close friends, family and our dog, having set a new FKT (fastest known time) for the TRT at 54h 17m, shaving over 4 hours from JB’s time! I had no idea if anyone would be there at the finish and having everyone there really put the cherry on top for me!

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Filtering water at the Truckee River. Ph: Mike Tebbutt

Unsupported means you have no external support of any kind. Typically, this means that you must carry all your supplies right from the start, except any water that can be obtained along the way from natural sources. This approach has also been termed “alpine style”. The longest trip I’m aware of using this style is Demetri “Coup” Coupounas’ 20-day thru-hike of the Colorado Trail. For most people, carrying enough food for more than a few days to one week will be prohibitive. Unsupported also means unaccompanied!

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Aloha Lake. Ph: Mike Tebbutt

Link to my Spotwalla GPS tracking where you can click on way points to get an idea of the rate of travel through the different sections.

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Sunset going into the third night from Snow Valley Peak. Ph: Mike Tebbutt

I had a really good couple of days out there and could not have done it without all of my equipment working as flawlessly as it did under such demanding conditions! My Brooks Pure Grit 3 Trail Running Shoes, along with my Injinji Socks, kept my feet blister free. My Ultimate Direction PB Adventure Vest held everything I needed and over 15#’s at one point, carrying and distributing the weight better than I thought a vest ever could with what I just put it through. My Black Diamond Distance Carbon Poles are absolutely essential for such a long run/hike. I carry them every step of the way and did not fall a single time as they act like extra legs to always keep you upright and distribute some of the weight from your legs and feet. I used the ultra light Sawyer Water Filtration System for the first time and loved it! It screws onto the top of a soft bladder and you squeeze the water out with minimal effort.

Thanks Tahoe Mountain Sports for outfitting me with all the best gear!

Please click HERE to read the full report on my run.

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Soaking in some of the final views about twelve miles before the finish! Ph: Mike Tebbutt

As I began writing this report on Friday, July 10, my friend Sean Ranney had just taken off at about 5AM that morning for his own attempt at what was still my Unsupported FKT on the Tahoe Rim Trail at that time. I am finally back at the computer to finish my report 4 days later and am no longer the record holder. 15 days to the minute, after I beat JB Benna’s time by over 4 hours, Sean bettered my time of 54 hrs 17 min by two and a half hours, finishing at 8:52 AM on Sunday, July 12, 2015 in a total elapsed time of just 51 hrs 45 min. As I peeled myself from bed prematurely at 5AM that morning and began the process of accepting the inevitable, I felt a little deflated and on edge, however the only respectable thing to do was brew up some coffee and head down to Spooner Summit to greet Sean at the finish and congratulate him on his amazing run. We then went to breakfast and shared with each other a little of our own experiences. Good times! I look forward to hearing more about it from Sean when he is more rested and less loopy!

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Running into the finish at Brockway! Ph: Mike Tebbutt

Honestly, I was thinking about my next attempt and everything I can do to improve my time the day after I finished. I think something might be wrong with me! While I am stoked for Sean’s FKT, I’d be lying to you if I said I was truly rooting for him while he was out there and certainly did not want my record snatched so quickly, and yet now he has given me fuel for the fire that is my obsession with traveling as fast as possible around the TRT.  Thanks a lot buddy!

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Mike Tebbutt’s FKT Map of the Tahoe Rim Trail.

The gear Mike used for his journey can be yours too at Tahoe Mountain Sports!

Squaw Mountain Run (Aug. 1) // Sierra Crest 50K (Aug. 8)

July 14th, 2015 By   

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For summer 2015, the Auburn Ski Club has expanded their incredible line-up of world-class running events to include the Sierra Crest 50K Ultra Run on August 8th, following the 35th Annual Squaw Valley Mountain Run!

For the past 34 years, on the first Saturday of August, hundreds runners and hikers have made the annual pilgrimage to the top of Squaw Valley to enjoy a great workout with stunning views of Lake Tahoe and the High Sierra. Starting at the base of Squaw Valley Ski Resort (6200’) the course climbs the 3.6 mile Mountain Run to High Camp (8200’) where awards, raffle, music, light refreshments & beer are provided.  Participants can choose to run or take a more leisurely pace and hike, or Nordic walk (hike with poles). For the less energetic – let the cable car do the 2000 foot elevation gain & join their knowledgeable guides for the beautiful flower walk on easy rolling terrain. The 35th Annual Squaw Mountain Run benefits ASC Junior Programs and the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center (with over $20,000.00 raised to date). Register and learn more at www.squawmountainrun.com.

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The Auburn Ski Club juniors are already thinking about this year’s Squaw Mountain Run witha ski walking session with poles on the course to think about strategy and pacing!

2014 Squaw Mountain Run Winner (Women’s Division) Anja Gruber says, “I have done the Squaw Mountain Run three times now – the first time was brutal and I thought I was barely going to make it, the second time I was so happy to be in less pain, and last year it was really exciting for me to be a lot faster and feel a lot better! Regardless of the result, it feels so good to tackle this mountain and finish the race and the view from the top and the scene in the finish with everyone having fun and enjoying great company is super rewarding. Beating yourself is the best motivation to keep pushing when it gets hard!” 

Register for the Squaw Mountain Run at Tahoe Mountain Sports (11200 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA – Safeway Plaza) daily from July 27th-July 31st 10:00am-6:00pm (cash and check only) and day before the race (Friday, July 31st) in the Village at Squaw Valley Village or, pick up your bib from 4:00pm-7:00pm and on race morning (Saturday, Aug. 1st) from 7:00am-8:00am.


 

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On Aug. 8, the Auburn Ski Club will host the 1st Annual Sierra Crest 50K which is an exciting point-to-point trail run that takes advantage of some of the Truckee/Donner Summit region’s best single track. The Sierra Crest 50K begins at 6650ft, on trails heading out from Tahoe Donner’s new Adventure Center, joining up with the Donner Lake Rim Trail, and finally ending on the trails at the Auburn Ski Club Training Center at 7200ft. This unique race offers spectacular views of the Sierra Crest and some of the Northern Sierras most spectacular mountain peaks (including, Euer Valley, Frog Lake Cliffs, Donner Lake, Summit Lake, Castle Peak and the many other mountain peaks along the Sierra Crest). Fully stocked aid stations along both courses will be in place to keep runners well fueled, 5 stations for the 50k, and 3 stations for the 30K. Register and learn more at www.sierracrest50k.com

The Sierra Crest event is a fundraiser benefiting the year-round ASC Training Center Biathlon program.  In just 3 years the ASCTC Biathlon program has grown steadily, hosting the US Biathlon National Championships in 2015, and with local athletes enjoying success nationally and internationally. The program depends of volunteers and donations for its continued growth and sustainability.

Meg Seifert of the Auburn Ski Club says, “We’re super stoked to have Zack Violett from Bend Oregon coming down to compete in our inaugural Sierra Crest 50K race! He grew up xc-skiing & racing at the Auburn Ski Club, so it’ s awesome to have his support in this event that’s a benefit for the ASC Biathlon program. Thanks Zack for remembering your roots!” Zack Violett responds, “Since ski racing as a youth & junior at both Tahoe Donner and the Auburn Ski Club, I’ve wanted to come back to explore the great running trails in the area. This is will be a perfect opportunity to run in one of my favorite places in the world!”

Jeff Schloss training for the Sierra Crest 50K.

Jeff Schloss training for the Sierra Crest 50K.

Race bib packet pick-up for the Sierra Crest 50K at Tahoe Mountain Sports (11200 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA – Safeway Plaza) will be on Friday, August 7th from 10:00am-6:00pm with pre-race trail briefing, Q&A happening at 4:30pm.

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Learn more about both running events at www.auburnskiclub.com/summer-fun-runs. Volunteers are welcome to sign up by emailing info@assoc.auburnskiclub.org or by calling 530-426-3313.

Get Your Outside Mag. Gear of the Year at TMS!

July 8th, 2015 By   

 

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The mission of Outside Magazine is to inspire participation in the world outside through award-winning coverage of the sports, people, places, adventures, discoveries, environmental issues, health and fitness, gear and apparel, style and culture that define the active lifestyle. View the Gear of the Year HERE!

Amidst the entrance to the legendary Sierra Nevada, Tahoe Mountain Sports brings you the best in outdoor gear, footwear and specialty clothing from top brands. We know why you’re here-for the gear. That’s why we keep our products at the forefront of everything we do.

For summer 2015, we’re happy to announce that the following Outside Magazine “Gear of the Year” is available at Tahoe Mountain Sports!

Join TMS at the Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge on July 11th!

July 2nd, 2015 By   

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Is this your year to take on the Tahoe Rim Trail? Are you new to the outdoors? Do you have a heart for adventure? Well, if so, step up to Tahoe’s next big challenge: The Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge!

Tahoe Mountain Sports is a proud sponsor of the Tahoe Rim Challenge. We love Truckee and Lake Tahoe, and believe strongly in supporting our local area and giving back. Tahoe Mountain Sports supports many local nonprofits and also leads the way in community oriented events.

Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for the third giveaway day as part of our, “Where’s McCleod? Giveaway Summer Series.” This giveaway day will be hosted at our challenge site #6 Brockway Summit Trailhead and will include a special day pack demo with Tahoe Mountain Sports. Come take on one of your six challenge hike, bike or rides and try out a new Deuter backpack. All Trail Challengers will also get some free goodies from our Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge sponsor Tahoe Mountain Sports & Tahoe Trail Bar!

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The giveaway will include free day pack demos from Deuter, fun giveaway surprises from Tahoe Mountain Sports, photo opps with trail mascot McLeod the Marmot and an opportunity for you to meet other 2015 Tahoe Rim Trail Challengers! Don’t forget to wear your 2015 Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge t-shirt!

Register for the Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge here: https://goo.gl/GkFDpN

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association’s mission of maintaining and enhancing the 165-mile long trail system that stretches around the entirety of Lake Tahoe aligns with Tahoe Mountain Sports values in regards to stewardship, conservation and resource management in this beautiful region we call home.

Hikers of the Tahoe Rim Trail, can stock up for their trip at Tahoe Mountain Sports (in Truckee, CA at the Safeway Center) with the best in outdoor gear, footwear and specialty clothing from top brands. We know why you’re here-for the gear. That’s why we keep our products at the forefront of everything we do. From ensuring we carry brands that top industry quality and environmental standards to personally testing our products to know we’re selling you the best. Open daily 10am-6pm and 24/7 online at tahoemountainsports.com

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Where’s McLeod? Find him on July 11th and win BIG!

 

Mud Lake: The Journey Was Better than the Destination

June 25th, 2015 By   

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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 and Garrett McCullough
What: Hiking
Where: Tahoe Rim Trail – Brockway to Mt. Rose segment
When: June 2015

Only I could think up a hike where the destination was a muddy lake that would require 23 miles of hiking. And only my husband, Garrett, would think this was a good enough idea to tag along cheerfully. 

So, it really had to be all about the journey; as is my goal of day hiking the entire Tahoe Rim Trail.

The Tahoe Rim Trail has presented a challenge to Garrett and me. Not because of the hiking itself, which seems to be the easy part, but in the logistics. Being a one car family, and the fact that no one has shown too much interest in 20-30 mile day hikes with us, shuttling is a bit difficult.

The Tahoe City to Brockway section took 4 modes of transportation to complete. We drove to Brockway, rode our bikes down to the bus stop in Kings Beach, took the bus to the trailhead in Tahoe City, walked the trail to the car, then drove back to pick up the bikes in Kings Beach! And while that seemed somewhat reasonable (except to anyone we explained this convoluted plan to, planning for the others hasn’t been as easy).

We completed the Brockway to Mt. Rose section a bit differently. Last year, we started at Mt. Rose, with our goal destination being Mud Lake, about halfway between the Brockway and Mt. Rose trailheads. We didn’t quite make it all the way, but we came close. So this particular weekend, we headed out from Brockway to tick off the remaining piece. That made our destination somewhere past Mud Lake.

So as my wise friend, Gretchen, pointed out when I hatched this plan of day-hiking from either trailhead to the middle – when we are done we’ll have hiked nearly the whole trail twice. So here’s to hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail twice, once in each direction!

Our adventure on the Brockway to Mt. Rose section began by loading up with 5 liters of water (each!) and setting out at the not-so-early hour of 8:30 from Brockway towards Martis Peak. Have I mentioned before we are not morning people?! Almost immediately, we were both drenched in sweat. Garrett asked me if the trail seemed harder than usual (we’d done the first part many times). Maybe it was all the water we were carrying to prevent getting overwhelmed by the heat.

This did not seem like the way to start 23 miles. I think the problem was that it was actually warm out. Summer temps plus some morning humidity wasn’t something we’d gotten used to yet.

The lake came in and out of view on our right side for the first several miles, until it eventually opened up so that all you could see was blue. The blue of the sky, the blue of the lake; what a gorgeous color.

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One of our earlier views of Lake Tahoe. It just kept getting better.

The trail meandered and switchbacked through the forest, before eventually leading to more open and treeless terrain. We stopped for a break at the last bit of shade, not so much because we were tired, but more because we were scared of the sun-baked terrain in front of us! We might wilt! Luckily as we climbed higher, it cooled down and we got a nice afternoon breeze. Being at over 9,000 feet definitely helps.

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Someone needs to go back for this photo in a couple of weeks. The yellow flowers will be gorgeous!

We joked along the way about our goal of Mud Lake. We wondered if there was even going to be water. Garrett still hasn’t let me live it down that I built up our hike to Twin Lakes on the Mt. Rose to Spooner section, only to find no water upon reaching the first lake. He claimed I was leading him on again. I started to wonder myself since we had decided on the route late the previous night and hadn’t asked around.

We agreed this was the best section of the trail so far. Views like on the Flume Trail, but without the bikes or crowds.

On the way to Mud Lake, there were a couple of tempting diversions. One was a rock outcropping with an easy climb and a lake view. Garrett reminded me that all diversions should be done on the way back. That way you know if you have enough energy to make it to the end. And he’s right! It’s easy to be excited 7 or 8 miles in! We did end up stopping for the short rock climb, but held off on Rifle Peak to see how we felt on the way back.

Then, I spent the next few miles tripping over my own feet as I forgot about the trail and stared at the lake. The most gorgeous part of the hike definitely went by the quickest.

We finally reached Mud Lake, and while it wasn’t as disappointing as one might think, it might not be the destination most people have in mind after hiking 10+ miles. But it did have water and it wasn’t muddy at all! So, we grumbled a bit about carrying a total of 10 liters of water, but oh well.

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Mud Lake. It seemed clearer in person, I promise!

At this point, we figured we must be getting close to the spot we’d left off last time. So, we commenced what seemed like the longest part of the hike, which consisted of about a mile, with more uphill than perhaps we had envisioned. I say envisioned because the topo clearly showed the uphill, we just didn’t quite internalize what we saw.

We finally reached a familiar spot and were able to remember where we sat to rest and a trail that could be seen in the distance. Somehow we still questioned ourselves a bit. We couldn’t come all this way and miss a few hundred foot section in the middle! So went just a little bit further until we spotted Ginny Lake. Now we were sure. Ginny Lake is a muddy lake. Strange that the clearest lake in the area is named Mud Lake and the muddy lake is named Ginny Lake. I didn’t take long to ponder that because we started to head back and I had my sights set on Rifle Peak.

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Garrett and Ginny Lake (that small puddle in the background). This was our turnaround point.

Rifle Peak is not too far off the trail, but it’s a little steep! We found another hiker at the summit who snapped our photo. Confusion ensued when we told him where we came from and how we got there. And then counted out the miles for him!

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Rachel and Garrett on the summit of Rifle Peak.

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Rifle Peak summit with clouds building.

We only spent a couple of minutes at the summit, wondering if the building clouds would produce any rain. It wasn’t in the forecast, but they did seem to be staying east.

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Garrett descending from Rifle Peak, which is seen in the background.

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More descending from Rifle Peak. No complaints about this view. Except that it made me trip over anything in my path. Too distracting!

We took our longest break of the hike right before we lost our most expansive lake view. It was hard to motivate to leave that spot, but after 10 minutes, it was go time.

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Panoramic view of North Tahoe from the trail, with Garrett.

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There’s me. About to trip on something as I look at Lake Tahoe, I’m sure! Good thing for hiking poles!

The final miles somehow melted away. Good conversation definitely helps. We hit the road at about 5:45pm, ready for some dinner. Our evening plans entailed walking two miles to happy hour at a friends’, putting us at 25 miles for the day. We joked we should make a lap around the neighborhood and make it a full marathon. Oh well, another time!

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Brooks PureGrit 3 Trail Running Shoes Review

June 22nd, 2015 By   

TMS Ambassador Mike Tebbutt is an avid adventure runner and member of the Donner Party Mountain Runners. Follow Mike on Instagram at @irontebby. Mike really puts his gear to the test with his outdoor exploits and the following is a great, inside look at the Brooks PureGrit 3 Trail Running Shoes…

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Trail Running Shoes Reviewed: Brooks PureGrit 3 
Color: Electric Blue / Greenery / Junebug
Size Reviewed: Men’s Size 10.5

Since this is the first version of this shoe that I have run in, I did a little research on it, to find out that the PureGrit 3 is the result of a major redesign of the PureGrit 2. The changes include a much more aggressive outsole that handles the gnarliest terrain you can find, an added rock plate and toe guard, and they changed the tongue from being semi-gusseted tongue to un-gusseted. They have a 4mm drop and weigh in at 9.9oz.

Outsole
The hexagonal shaped lugs that blanket the sole provide superior traction in all conditions and really excel in the technical and steep terrain. The lugs are also impressively durable; as you can see I have still have plenty of tread left on them after about 310 miles on them. I have worn them for up to a 15 hour day of of steep and technical running and off-trail navigating that would have left other shoes falling off my feet and the PureGrit 3s came back only slightly worse for the wear. The rock plate and toe guard are great additions that provide extra protection.

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Over 300 Miles and Still Plenty of Tread (Ph: Mike Tebbutt)

The Upper
There is a slightly off-centered lace pattern that distributes the pressure comfortably over the top of the foot. The un-gusseted tongue stay in place well, is comfortable and does not pinch at all. The Nav Band is a strap that wraps around the entire upper and provides a snug fit throughout the midfoot and gives the shoe a very responsive and fast feel.

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The PureGrit 3 Takes a Licking and Keeps on Ticking! (Ph: Mike Tebbutt)

The Midsole
Brooks beefed up the cushioning a little bit with their eco-friendly BioMoGo midsole that helps soften the ride while still allowing you that comfort of being able to feel the trail beneath your feet. BioMoGo is made from a material that will apparently bio-degrade in just 20 years as opposed to the 1000 plus years it takes for many plastic based midsoles.

 

Overall Impressions
While I am fortunate to have a foot that fits most shoes well and enjoy many different brands and models, I especially like the Brooks PureGrit 3 and plan to stockpile a few pairs as I have heard the new model will again have several major changes. They provide adequate cushioning while still allowing you to feel the trail, great traction with enough rubber on the lugs to last longer than most shoes and great overall comfort and performance. Something that I didn’t notice at first, yet certainly appreciate now, is the lack of rocks and debris that make it into the shoe. And very surprisingly, as they have been through some extremely rocky and scrappy terrain, the uppers on my shoes have only a couple small tears that do not go through to the inside of the shoe. I expect to get 200 more miles out of this shoe before I retire them.

As much as I like this shoe, I ran into to a friend at a race the other day who could not stop singing praises for them and plans to stock up on some extra pairs also before they become unavailable. I suggest you give this shoe a try and do the same!

Simplify Your Sleep System – Interactive Presentation

June 19th, 2015 By   

SIMPLIFY YOUR SLEEP SYSTEM!

Join representatives from the top camping and backpacking brands to learn about the best new equipment and techniques to make sleeping in the outdoors more pleasant and enjoyable.

Representatives from Therm-A-Rest and Nemo Equipment (along with other top brands) will be on site to showcase the best in sleep system solutions to help you save weight, sleep great and make the most of every trip. To illustrate this, 4-5 sample “campsites” will be displayed in-store in which YOU can climb into a fully set up tent and “take a nap” on the best gear available.

The knowledgeable staff at TMS will be on hand for this free event which is open to the public and includes an interactive demonstration with outdoor equipment representatives leading an informative session. This is a rare opportunity to make the most of your camping and backpacking adventures. Tahoe Mountain Sports will offer special deals on products in the store!

JOIN THE EVENT ON FACEBOOK!

Date: Wednesday, July 15th

Time: Doors – 5:00pm | Presentation & Demo – 6:00-7:30pm

Location: Tahoe Mountain Sports (11200 Donner Pass Rd. – Safeway Center)

Cost: FREE ~ All Ages

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