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

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

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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

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

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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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Adventure Trail Tips Slideshow at TMS (June 3rd, 2015)

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Looking to set out on an adventure on the Tahoe Rim Trail or Pacific Crest TrailPRIVATE PROPERTY copy

Learn all about these incredible trail systems that are right in our Tahoe backyard at the Adventure Trail Tips Slideshow event (Presented by Cascade Designs).

Local experts Shannon Skarritt (Director of Membership & Outreach – TRTA) and Diego Panasiti (PCT through-hiker) will lead in-depth slide-show discussions on how to prepare, the essentials to pack and what to expect when hiking the TRT or PCT. Whether you’re through-hiking or just out for a day trip, this FREE, all-ages event is a can’t-miss opportunity to discover the magnificence of these great hikes!

Join the event on Facebook!

This rare opportunity will help you make the most of your camping and backpacking adventures on the Tahoe Rim Trail or Pacific Crest Trail systems. Tahoe Mountain Sports will offer special deals on products in the store – stock up on maps, guidebooks and let us equip you with the best hiking shoes, backpacks and more! Additionally, raffle tickets for great prizing will be for sale (in support of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association).

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.

PCT through-hiker, Diego Panasiti has an awesome website worth checking out…diegopanasiti.com.

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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?

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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 www.tahoerimtrail.org

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…

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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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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.

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