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Project Aloha – Adventure Dining Guide

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
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Mike, Michelle, and Laura enjoying “Aloha Life” with some Surf N Turf

This post comes from Guest Blogger Michelle Shea. Michelle lives in Lake Tahoe and is the host/creator of the outdoor series Adventure Dining Guide. She created Adventure Dining Guide because “food is the unrecognized hero of our journeys, and its about time backcountry meals get the recognition they deserve”. Learn more at adventurediningguide.com

Who: Laura Shea, Mike Stohlgren, Michelle Shea, and Shogun the dog.
What: Backpack to Lake Aloha and film an episode of Adventure Dining Guide
Where: Echo Lake to Lake Aloha, Desolation Wilderness
When: June 28-29 2015

My sister, Laura, is a college athlete with a busy schedule, which means she rarely gets the chance to spend time in the wilderness. When she came up to Tahoe to spend a few weeks with me this summer, I was very excited to strap a pack on her and lead her into Desolation Wilderness.

We got the permits, recruited Michael, and packed our bags for an overnight excursion to Lake Aloha via Echo Lake. The hike out was beautiful, and filled with picturesque views from every angle. We trekked through 90 degree heat, and enjoyed every spot of shade we passed on the trail. The dog was especially happy to find shade and demanded an abundant amount of water breaks.

At the top of the pass we opted for the extended route to Lake Of The Woods, which to our delight, was a pristine lake surrounded by a lush flower-filled forest. We stopped for a snack, enjoyed the views then continued trough Mosquito Pass to Lake Aloha. Upon reaching the lake we saw an array of people taking advantage of cliff jumping, bouldering, thru hiking, swimming, sun bathing, and camping. Michael packed in his skateboard, with hopes of finding a smooth granite rock, and when he saw the abundance of activity around the lake, he was inspired to begin his search for his backcountry skate spot.

Half way around Lake Aloha we found an ideal campsite, complete with an adjacent granite kitchen. Someone had spent a great deal of time arranging rocks to create tables and benches, which was the perfect set-up to film an episode of Adventure Dining Guide. After we set up camp we got out the GoPro, prepped the food, and Laura the Camerawoman filmed me making “Surf and Turf Sandwiches”. This tasty lunch consisted of pita bread, Romano cheese, bell pepper, tuna, and Tahoe Truckee Beef Jerky. After wrapping up filming we sat in our granite dining room and devoured our “Surf and Turf” lunch.

The rest of the day was spent exploring. Michael found a few rocks that were skate friendly, and Laura and I walked along the edge of the lake to enjoy the views. At the end of the day we watched the sun slip behind the mountains, and then quickly retreated to the tent to hide from the mosquitos. We ate dinner in the tent, and then fell fast asleep.
Laura had the perfect introduction to Tahoe’s backcountry, and she’s very excited to come back next summer and see what lies beyond Lake Aloha!

Watch the video below for the full adventure with Aloha Surf N Turf Sandwiches:

King of the Lake 2015 – A Player’s Retrospective

Friday, July 24th, 2015

This post comes from Amanda Zaccone, a friend of TMS and avid disc golfer (PDGA #59547) residing in Sacramento, CA.  Amanda was a top 10 finisher at the 2015 King of the Lake Tournament! 

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Amanda teeing off with great form!

There are a select few disc golf tournaments which I consider to be a must attend every year. The first on this rather short list is the King of the Lake A-Tier event which takes place in Tahoe and Truckee. This tournament features 5 epic North Lake Tahoe courses over 3 days; Bijou Park & Zephyr Cove in South Lake, Sierra College & Truckee River Regional Park in Truckee, and Lake of the Sky in Tahoe Vista, which solidifies this event as the ultimate challenge and test of disc golf endurance I have ever had the privilege to experience.

This was my second year attending King of the Lake and it proved to be just as wonderful both years. Sponsored by several well established and young disc golf companies local businesses, including Tahoe Mountain Sports, competitors receive awesome player’s packs loaded with gear, attire, souvenirs, and snacks for the trail. This years pack had both a DGA disc, (I picked out the new Hellfire) and a dri-fit KOTL shirt which I was ecstatic about! Most tournaments I’ve played have one or the other, so this made it more memorable. I do love my swag. I take home with me these tokens of my experience and wear my shirt with pride. I’ve been asked about it several times and this gives me the opportunity to tell people all about the King of the Lake Tournament in Tahoe!

As for the disc golf portion of the event, King of the Lake really has everything a player could want in a tournament. In addition to the stacked players field, the courses each offered its own set of challenges and features to make this event truly memorable. We started our first day at Bijou Park for the first round and then headed over to Zephyr Cove for round 2. Bijou Park is one of my personal favorite courses to play. With 27 holes there are so many different kinds of shots to take and with it being relatively flat, you are not exhausted after a round there. Bijou has plenty of trees to navigate, and some nice hard ground for your skip game, but you better be careful of the stumps that might just stop you short. Bijou is perfect for your first round, because when you get to Zephyr Cove, you’re going to be hiking up some steep hills and you’ll want that energy to see you through. The challenges at Zephry Cove include more elevation changes than Bijou, which faces you with some strategic decision making when it comes to your game. A player will always feel accomplished after a round of 18 at Zephyr Cove, and those hikes are really worth the effort because when you get to Hole 9 up top, you are treated to one of the most breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe. Zephyr Cove is truly a gem and not only a local favorite, but famous among disc golfers from all over the world.

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Is it the socks? Amanda always is on target!

The second day this year and last year were held at the Truckee Courses; Sierra College and Truckee River Regional Park. This would be a day opposite from the first day where the more difficult and challenging course that is Sierra College comes first, and then we finish round two at Truckee Regional, AKA Truckee River, on account it runs right along the banks of the Truckee River. Sierra College offers those changes in elevation which requires some adjustment in a player’s game and also has plenty of trees to throw around. This course has a couple par 4 holes and some ups and downs. Sierra College is definitely a hike, but also has some incredible views of Truckee once you get to the top of Hole 5 and Hole 12. After a round at Sierra College, Truckee Regional feels like a nice walk along the river. Challenging and fun, this course has plenty of birdie opportunities and some really fun shots. Truckee tends to get a bit breezy, so players will now have to play their best wind game.

On the last day we finish up the tournament at another of my favorite Tahoe courses, Lake of the Sky (in Tahoe Vista, CA). This course has everything. Long holes, short, holes, wide open and tight, technical lines, elevation changes,a little hike here and there, and of course, a fantastic view of Lake Tahoe. I really have a lot of fun at this course.

The stellar design at all five King of the Lake courses along with the wonderful and dedicated disc golf community make King of the Lake a memorable and unrivaled tournament!

Free Hiking & Running Shoe Demo | Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

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This is your chance to try out new hiking and running shoes before you buy them! On Saturday, August 1st, leading footwear brands Oboz, Topo, Merrell, La Sportiva, and Darn Tough Socks will be on the Mt. Rose trailhead (located on the East side of Mt. Rose Meadows) on the Tahoe Rim Trail, and you can demo as many pairs of this year’s best trail shoes as you’d like; it’s all free! In addition to trying some awesome new shoes, Suunto will be on-site with FREE demos of their incredible outdoor watches!

– What: Free Hiking and Running Footwear Demo – Open to the Public

– When: Saturday, August 1st from 8:30am-12:30pm

– Where: Mt. Rose / Tahoe Rim Trail Trailhead (East side of Mt. Rose Meadows)

– Cost: FREE – With Giveaways from Darn Tough and Tahoe Mountain Sports!

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La Sportiva will once again be on site to help fit you with their best trail shoes!

This section of trail is one of the most beautiful and accessible around Lake Tahoe. It offers stunning views, wildflowers, wildlife and waterfalls, and is great for both novice and experienced hikers. The brands sponsoring this event produce the finest off-road shoes on the market, and it’s rare to have them all on-site simultaneously with demo shoes for everyone. All participants that try out a new pair of shoes will receive a free pair Darn Tough socks! 

This combination of free offerings is sure to please any hiker or runner who attends.

This TMS Footwear Demo is in conjunction with the Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge. The Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) mascot, McLeod the Marmot, as well as TRTA staff, will be greeting hikers and encouraging Challengers as they work toward their goals. Find McLeod and he’ll give you a prize!

“The 3rd Annual Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge continues to build momentum as over 350 hikers, bikers and equestrians and five large Reno-Tahoe based corporations engage their employees in the 2015 Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge,” says Shannon Skaritt of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association. “The program has inspired trail users from the Reno-Tahoe and Sacramento-Bay areas to begin tackling small sections of the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail.”

 

 

2007TRTALogo-clearVisit tahoerimtrail.org for more information or to register for the Challenge. It is NOT necessary to register for this TMS Footwear Demo.

Ever hiked the Tahoe Rim Trail or trekked around the Mt. Rose area? Then you know how beautiful this trail is, and you’re probably looking for any excuse to get back on it. Well, this is your chance to try out new hiking and running shoes before you buy them! With the best off-road footwear on demo for everyone, spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding peaks and valleys, and no charge whatsoever, you’re not going to want to miss this event.

Are you already participating in the Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge? The Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) mascot, McLeod the Marmot, as well as TRTA staff, will be greeting hikers on-trail and encouraging Challengers as they work toward their goals. Find McLeod and he’ll give you a prize!

– Register for the Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge here: https://goo.gl/KP5Di3

– Join the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Adventure Group: http://goo.gl/ie9QNw

– View the event on Facebook: https://goo.gl/YE76xk

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

TMS Summer Rental Gear

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

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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

Friday, July 17th, 2015

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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.

  • Join the Sierra Crest 50K event on Facebook

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

Friday, July 17th, 2015

 

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

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

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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2013 Squaw Mountain Run | Ph: Mark Nadell / MacBeth Graphics

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

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

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)

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

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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.

  • View the Sierra Crest 50K event on Facebook.

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.

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Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

 

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Brooks PureGrit 3 Trail Running Shoes Review

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

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!

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