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Tahoe Rim Trail Thru-Hike Update

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

At Tahoe Meadows trailhead, where I joined the official TRT after hiking up from my house in Incline Village.

Two weeks ago, our Adventure of the Week featured Jim Hammerel, who was about to set out on an epic 5-day thru-hike of the Tahoe Rim Trail. Here he gives us the details of his trip, torn meniscus and all.

Coming into my 5-day Tahoe Rim Trail attempt, I knew one thing… it was going to be more a mental challenge than a physical one.  That was the only thing I got right.

On the first day, I knew I had to make my goal to hike from my home in Incline Village to the Kingsbury North trailhead in Stateline. That equated to around 42 miles, the longest segment I had planned for any of my five days. If I couldn’t hack it on the first day, I knew I wouldn’t have the mental fortitude to make it the remaining four. I’d be playing catch-up with no margin for error. Luckily, I made it to my goal that night. Despite the early onset of blistered feet, dry camping with no water and a horrible night’s sleep, I made it. I awoke on day two ready to tackle another 40-mile trek.

About halfway through the second day, somewhere below Star Lake, I crouched down to splash some water on my hot face from a stream that crossed the trail and couldn’t get back up. I felt the fabled burning, I felt the sharp pain radiating from my knee. I knew immediately something was wrong. I popped a couple anti-inflammatories to counteract the pain that was heading my way. My leg stiffened up like a board. I knew I had to get down to camp fast…

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Tahoe Rim Trail Thru-Hike in 5 Days?

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

This week’s Adventure of the Week is brought to you by the amazing Jim Hammerel, who’s about to attempt an epic Tahoe Rim Trail thru-hike on August 3. Tahoe Mountain Sports is supporting his endeavor, which benefits the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, by donating on CrowdRise. You should too!

The 15 lbs Jim's bringing on his thru-hike (not including water).

WHO: Jim Hammerel

WHAT: Thru-hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail

WHERE: Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada

WHEN: August 3 through 8

GEAR: Icebreaker GT150 Velocity CrewGrand Trunk Nano-7 Ultralight Hammock, Spot GPS Beacon, Solar charger (see below for Jim’s full list)

I ran away from home when I was about six years old, armed with a little backpack filled with toys and a half-dozen slices of Kraft Singles. My rebellion lasted about three hours before I succumbed to boredom. Since then, I’ve always been fascinated with the conflict of man vs. nature, as well as man vs. himself.

This August 3, I plan to test myself physically and mentally, perhaps more than any other time in my life. I’m going to attempt to hike the Tahoe Rim Trail solo, unassisted and unsupported in just five days — from my house. This means no food drops (everything I’ll eat will leave my house with me), no buddy systems, no cheering crowd… just me, my backpack and myself…

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Granite Chief Wildnerness Trip

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

I recently went on a short overnight backpacking trip into the Granite Chief wilderness. The weather was as good as it gets in september with clead skies and daytime highs in the 70’s. We hiked about 7 miles each way to a beautiful and secluded secret campsite. The campsite was up at an alpine lake a little over 8,000ft so we went prepared for overnight temps in the 30’s or lower and were pleasantly surprised. I diddn’t have a thermometer, but I never even had to zip up my Lafuma Warm’N Light 1000 sleeping bag! I used quite a bit of gear from TMS on this trip and I’m going take the time to review some of it and let the pictures of the trip speak for themselves.

Deuter ACT Lite 65+10 Backpack: There is a reason that this has been our best selling pack for two years running. It has the best combination of weight, capacity, and price on the market. The adjustable AirComfort back system also makes it fit a very wide variey of people.

Nemo Losi 2 Person Tent: While the Losi 3 person was the hot seller this summer, the Losi 2 is an equally awesome tent. It is very roomy for a 2 person tent and is easy to set up. The quality is top notch, typical for Nemo. At 4.9lbs it features two doors, two vestibules and bomber construction that is designed to last. It also offers the option of pitching the tent with just the rainfly and footprint for those looking to go ultralight.

Lafuma Warm’N Light 1000 Sleeping Bag: Probably the best combination of warmth, weight and price of any sleeping bag we carry. Only 2lb 3oz and compresses down 16×6 inches. Was warm enough that I never even fully zipped it up on this trip.

Snow Peak GigaPower Stove: Everyone I’ve shown it to is amazed at how small, light, and powerful this stove is. It weighs less than 4 oz and a watched pot certainly boils very quickly with this thing, and I was not using full power. The best thing about it, price, $39.95.

Thermarest NeoAir Sleeping Pad: I can’t say enough good things about this pad. Its lighter, packs smaller, and is more comfortable than any other pad I’ve tried. While we didn’t encounter any very cold weather on this trip it also has a surprising insulation R value of 2.5 for an air pad.

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