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2015 Camping & Backpacking Educational Series

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015


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

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

Where: Tahoe Mountain Sports, 11200 Donner Pass Rd. E5 Truckee, CA 96161

View the event(s) on Facebook: 

  1. Weds. May 20th – “Camp Cooking Demo & Food Tasting”
  2. Weds. June 3rd – “How to Enjoy the Pacific Crest Trail and Tahoe Rim Trail” 
  3. Weds. July 15th “Lighten your Load with New Innovative Products and Techniques” 

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Camping & Backpacking Education Series Summary:

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.

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I Found Snow and it Tried to Get Me Lost: Day Hiking From Tahoe to Truckee

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

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

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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?


National Winter Trails Day with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

National Winter Trails Day

This year’s National Winter Trails Day is approaching fast and we’re all excited to be a part of it! There will be a wide range of fun activities and presentations throughout the day, from snow shelter building to avalanche beacon scavenger hunts and gear demonstrations. Tahoe Mountain Sports will be hosting free MSR snowshoe rentals and beacon clinics. Participants are free to demo snowshoes and take off on their own adventure, or tag along with a guided snow hike.

Look for the TMS tent, where you can rent snowshoes, grab some sunscreen or hand-warmers, and talk with super-friendly and enthusiastic Tahoe Mountain Sports staff!

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Tahoe Rim Trail guides and volunteers from other local organizations will be leading free guided hikes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (weather-dependent). If you can only make it for part of the day, that is fine. Just come and enjoy the great outdoors with us! Remember, this event does take place on snow so please plan accordingly. Bring extra layers, sunscreen, water, snacks, etc. There will also be hot drinks and tasty treats on-site.

Hike Departure Times and Hosts

10:00 – 12:00 U.S. Forest Service (Green Hike*)

10:30 – 12:30 Red Cross (Blue Hike*)

11:00 – 1:00 Tahoe Adventure Company (Green Hike*)

11:30 – 1:30 Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences (Blue Hike*)

12:00 – 2:00 Tahoe Expeditionary Academy / Incline and Crystal Bay Historical Society (Green Hike*)

12:30 – 2:30 Nevada Wilderness Project (Blue Hike*)

2:30 – Raffling off lots of goodies!

*Please note that “Green Hikes” will be meeting at the end of the chute with green pennant banners (located near the registration table). “Blue Hikes” will meet at the end of the chute with the blue pennant banners.

See you all this Saturday, January 12th, at Tahoe Meadows on the Mt. Rose Highway (SR 431)!

To register for National Winter Trails Day and free gear demos, visit

Visit Tahoe Rim Trail Free Public Hikes and Events for more details and future Tahoe Rim Trail events.


Book Signing and Trail Talk at Tahoe Mountain Sports

Monday, September 10th, 2012


Tahoe Mountain Sports is proud to announce that Tim Hauserman, author of the Tahoe Rim Trail guidebook series, will appear at our store in Kings Beach, California, on Saturday, September 15 from 4-6 p.m. Tim will be signing copies of his new book, Tahoe Rim Trail 3rdEdition, and will provide the audience with an entertaining slideshow presentation featuring highlights from along the trail and around Lake Tahoe. An avid adventurist and explorer of natural beauty, Tim moved to Tahoe when he was two and has since racked up countless miles along the Tahoe Rim Trail.

The Tahoe Rim Trail offers one amazing high-alpine view after another, over the course of 165 miles.

“I have led hiking, kayaking and mountain biking trips in the area. I have thru-hiked the Tahoe Rim Trail three times, and hiked every section probably a dozen times,” said Hauserman.  “I love the trail, and now I know it like the back of my hand.”

Over twenty miles of new trail descriptions, the new trail at Mt. Rose, and a new network of trails in the Kingsbury Grade – South Shore area are just a few examples of updates in the third edition of the Tahoe Rim Trail guidebook.

“I am excited to hear Tim provide his in-depth knowledge and expertise about the Rim Trail,” said Tahoe Mountain Sports (TMS) owner David Polivy. “He has some fascinating photographs from his journeys, and I’m really looking forward to seeing them.”


“I hope guests will gain a new-found love of the trail and I look forward to answering any questions they may have regarding the trail,” Tim explained.

Alpenglow and still waters along the Tahoe Rim Trail.

“All of us here at TMS are eager to meet and mingle with members of our wonderful community,” said Polivy. “This event will be a great way to connect with like-minded folks and adventure enthusiasts.”



Light refreshments will be provided and books will be available for purchase at the event.




Thank you to the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for co-sponsoring this unique opportunity.



We cannot wait to see you all at the event!


Click HERE to view this event on Facebook



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Test a new Deuter Backpack out on the Tahoe Rim Trail

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Ever wish you could try outdoor gear before you buy?

That’s exactly what Tahoe Mountain Sports, Deuter Backpacks and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association have partnered up to do on Thursday, June 28.

We’ll be hiking one of our favorite stretches of trail – the Tahoe Rim Trail from the Mt. Rose Highway to Galena Falls, lead by a Tahoe Rim Trail Association guide.

Hikers will get to try out a variety of Deuter packs, from small hydration packs, ventilated daypacks or even big backpacking backpacks, with the help of outdoor gear experts from Tahoe Mountain Sports and Deuter USA. We’ll be able to make sure you get the best fit out of any pack you try, and answer any questions you might have on pack design, features, or which one is right for you.

Deuter has been making backpacks for over 100 years, and here at Tahoe Mountain Sports, there some of our favorites because of their great fit, features, carrying ability and ventilation. They’re also the choice of the National Outdoor Leadership School.

The 6.5 mile hike will take the group between some of Tahoe’s tallest peaks, through flower-studded alpine meadows and to the beautiful Galena waterfall.

We’ll have a snack, talk about proper pack fit, and everybody will walk away with a little something from Deuter and Tahoe Mountain Sports. Or if you find a pack you love, you’ll be able to purchase it, all set up and ready to go!

Here’s Christian from Deuter USA, who will be joining us on the hike, talking about the Deuter Aircontact Pack series:

Space is limited to 20 people, so sign up today at the Tahoe Rim Trail Association Event Listing Page to make sure you get a spot.

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…


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…


First Snow of the Season and an Epic Mountain Bike Ride

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

The storm that rolled in Friday night into Saturday brought the first significant rain to Tahoe in months and a few inches of snow on the high peaks. This means that the trails were in amazing shape for a long ride on Sunday, so we headed for a long loop starting at Heavenly and ending on Mr. Toads Wild Ride.

Beautiful views of the Carson Valley about an hour into the ride.

Beautiful views of the Carson Valley about an hour into the ride.

A snowy Freel Peak in the background, we would be getting a much closer look later in the ride.

A snowy Freel Peak in the background, we would be getting a much closer look later in the ride.

The rain left these normally sandy trails in perfect shape for riding.

The rain left these normally sandy trails in perfect shape for riding.

Myself, not realizing how much climbing was still to come.

Myself, not realizing how much climbing was still to come.

Star Lake and Job's Sister, the ride is about to get a bit snowy.

Star Lake and Job's Sister. The ride is about to get a little snowy.

A little snow won't slow Dave down.

A little snow won't slow Dave down.

Looking back at the Lake.

Looking back at the Lake.

Getting close to the high point of the ride.

Getting close to the high point of the ride.

It's (almost) all downhill from here.

It's (almost) all downhill from here.

It ended up taking close to six hours to cover the 26 mile loop with 3,000 plus feet of climbing but the views and epic singletrack made it well worth it. Our Deuter and DaKine hydration packs filled with Nuun Electrolyte Active Hydration Drink Mix helped us get through the ride without bonking. Keep checking back for updates on late season Lake Tahoe mountain biking and hopefully some early season skiing soon.

Mountain Biking Tahoe Rim Trail

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Check out our latest Mountain Biking video taken using the VIO POV-1 helmet camera. The location is the Tahoe Rim Trail from Kingsbury Grade to Spooner Summit.

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