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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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Spring Ladies Night at TMS – Presented by Deuter

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

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Spring Ladies Night at Tahoe Mountain Sports
An inspirational evening presented by Deuter Backpacks

Join your fellow ladies in the Truckee-Tahoe area for a fun night at your local outdoor gear headquarters and get excited for summer along with the rest of us! Lake Tahoe, CA native and Senior Backcountry guide, Laura Steinbach will lead a motivational presentation and slideshow on the basics and intricacies of backpacking, planning a backpacking trip and providing some tips and tricks for success based on her years of experience in the field. She’ll be focusing on educating entry-level female backpackers, with some topics including logistical and permit planning, Leave No Trace (choosing camps, water sources, etc), Choosing the right gear (focusing on backpacks), and packing a backpack for different situations/gear combinations.

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Special Guest – SYMG’s Laura Steinbach (Photo: SYMG)

  • What: Special ladies’ centric evening with a presentation on how to make the best of camping and backpacking
  • When: Wednesday, April 29th | Doors-Shopping Specials: 5:00 p.m. | Official Program: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Tahoe Mountain Sports, 11200 Donner Pass Rd. E5 Truckee, CA 96161 (Safeway Shopping Center)
  • Presented by: Deuter Backpacks, Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides and Tahoe Mountain Sports
  • Food and Beverages: Light, healthy snacks (locally sourced) with wine and NA beverages
  • Benefiting: Tahoe Food Hub (tahoefoodhub.org) > Raffle tickets will be on sale
  • Join the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Adventure Group: http://goo.gl/jhcVII

Attendees of this FREE (all ages) event will enjoy store-wide savings and special deals on women’s specific apparel, footwear and gear. Utilize this great evening as the perfect opportunity to do some spring shopping, or to simply spoil yourself! A portion of proceeds from Ladies Night will benefit the Tahoe Food Hub, a local non-profit organization that is working to restore local food distribution by building a regional food system for North Lake Tahoe. They serve as a foodshed council educating our community on the environmental, economic and social health benefits of regional food system.

In addition to great deals on gear and clothing for women, there are great prizes to be won in the raffle (benefiting the Tahoe Food Hub), including gear from Deuter Backpacks and lots more! With summer just around the corner, Tahoe Mountain Sports has everything you need to enjoy the outdoors. If you’re into hiking, backpacking, yoga, Crossfit, rock climbing, trail running or triathlons we’ve got the gear to get you out there! Enjoy special shopping deals in an intimate and customized setting that will leave you inspired to take your skills to the next level.

Laura Steinbach has been guiding in Yosemite and the High Sierra for over a decade. She’s a veteran of the John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails and is the Senior Backcountry Guide at Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides (SYMG) for whom she leads expedition-style multi-week trips. She currently lives in South Lake Tahoe and can be found backpacking, rock climbing, backcountry skiing and mountain biking at every free moment she can find.\

 

Merrell Capra Speed Hiker Shoe Review

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015
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Guest Blogger: Shaun Nauman

This post comes from Shaun Nauman, a blogger (snowboardmountaineer.com) and Boulder, CO resident. When Shaun isn’t studying snow hydrology and forecasting avalanches, the AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Instructor is finding new adventures in the backcountry on his splitboard. Watch for more gear reviews and fun reading from Shaun and other Ambassadors of Tahoe Mountain Sports.

Hiking Shoes Reviewed: Merrell Capra Gore-Tex Sport
Color: Black / Lime Green
Size: Men’s Size 10

The Merrell Capra was designed for speed hiking mixed terrain and, so far I am impressed. The Capra has a generally rigid feel and stable platform. The shoe is a bit stiff out of the box, but break-in fairly easy. Allow yourself a bit more break-in the first few times wearing them out before a long ascent. On a mixed trail-run and hike they were extremely sturdy on uneven, loose, and rocky terrain. Yet this shoe is so light, it feels more like a running shoe. This lends itself for fast, same-day approaches on virtually any terrain.

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Photo: Shaun Nauman

 

I typically do a combination of trail running, hiking on steeps, and scrambling. These shoes really cover every activity on the trail. Coming down on steep loose talus and gravel I had no problems. This is partly due to the tapering forefoot.

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Photo: Shaun Nauman

Merrell has incorporated some amazing technology in to this shoe. The Capra is designed with inspiration from the Capra mountain goat whose cloven hoof lends itself incredibly well to gripping support and stability. Using a split sole design in the outsole toe tread, this mimics the climbing capability of a Capra. As far as the sole goes, a 3.5mm Vibram lug depth provides incredible traction. Typically the deeper lugs are not found on a shoe this lightweight intended for speed hiking. The combination of deep lugs, and a traction sole built thicker at the heel, and narrow at the toe is a profound advancement in trail shoes.

The Capra also has an exoskeleton design along the outside of the shoe that is neatly linked to the lace-up points which provide excellent toe-box support. This provides a well-grounded stiffener and extra stability over rough terrain. Merrell refers to this technology as the Stratafuse™ exoskeleton which fuses the foot cage to mesh and keep the shoe incredibly lightweight.

Even though these are rigid shoes, there is a defined heal break in the unified midsole, which offers flexibility. Merrell refers to this as UniFly™. They feel much harder at the foot and softer at the ground, which is a noticeable improvement over many trail shoes I have had. The Gore-tex material on the outer breathes and keeps the feet dry running through water crossings and standing water, even fully submerged.

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Photo: Shaun Nauman

Pros

– I am truly impressed with the Merrell Capra. They can be used in a wide range of trail activities, and through varied conditions.

– Lightweight speed hiking shoe.

– Vibrom sole, with deep traction lugs.

Cons

– Traction grips on the edge of the outsole are a little wide for my comfort, which tend to catch. However, since everyone has a different instep, this may not be a problem for others.

The Capras offer exceptional comfort, especially for a stiffer lightweight shoe. The Vibram patterning makes this a great all-around trail shoe or an approach shoe. They spare every ounce, focus on traction, connection, and cushioning where you need it. In all a fantastic speed hiking shoe.

Enter to win one of two FREE pairs of Merrell Capra Speed Hiker Shoes HERE!

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Merrell Capra Speed Hiker Giveaway!

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

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ENTER TO WIN HERE!

Keeping you sure-footed on the edge, this extremely lightweight speed hiker is made for the ultimate adrenalized climbs and scrambles.

Tenacious, durable and waterproof, it keeps your feet dry and spares every ounce, strategically placing cushioning where you need it: more at the heel buffers the descent, while it tapers at the forefoot for maximum ground feel and responsiveness over variable terrain.

Shop Merrell here.

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#TMS Merrell Capra Giveaway – Rules and Regulations

- One entry per user. Must be 18 years or older. Winner pays shipping outside continental U.S.
– Giveaway period runs March 31 through April 25, 2015. One random winner will be drawn on April 28 and contacted via email.
– User agrees to be added to Tahoe Mountain Sports newsletters.
– User has read and reviewed the Tahoe Mountain Sports Privacy Policy.
– No purchase is necessary.
– Any and all purchases from Tahoe Mountain Sports (or any of its respective channels) will not improve one’s chances of winning.
– Winner(s) of the will not hold Tahoe Mountain Sports responsible for any/all warranty issues that arise with the giveaway. Merrell / Merrell Outside assumes all responsibility for any/all warranty issues with the products in the #TMS Merrell Capra Giveaway
– Tahoe Mountain Sports shall be primary contest sponsor and is the principal place of business (11200 Donner Pass Rd. E5, Truckee, CA 96161)
– Tahoe Mountain Sports will contact the winner by email. Entrants must provide a valid email.

A First Attempt on Shasta, via Casaval Ridge

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Chris Cloyd is a TMS ambassador athlete based out of Truckee, CA. He and Steven Benesi, a distance runner and mountain athlete from Truckee, are attempting to run and climb all of the peak on the Western States Climbers’ OGUL List by the end of 2016. Their successes and shortcomings will be recounted in this space – subscribe to the TMS blog RSS feed to follow their story!

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And…we’re Off! (Photo: Chris Cloyd)

Living in California, Mount Shasta possesses a particular mystique. If you’ve ever driven down I-5 from Oregon, you’ve laid eyes on Shasta’s imposing bulk and (if you spend any time in the mountains at all) considered what it must be like on its summit block. Many visitors every year climb or skin to the top, and you can ski all the way from the summit (conditions allowing) to your car for a 7,000 foot descent that is truly unique. This past week, I went up for a first attempt for Shasta’s summit with my friends Michael Jaskot and Matt Hardwick, and it was a trip to remember.

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TMS Goes to Golden Alpine Holidays (B.C.)

Saturday, March 21st, 2015
Sunrise Hut with the ridge of Melting Faces in the background.

Sunrise Hut with the ridge of Melting Faces in the background.

If you are a backcountry skier or boarder and ever have the chance to travel to Golden, BC…GO! Go NOW!

While Tahoe wallows in the throws of our fourth consecutive dry winter, one can only hope that by going North, you will eventually find what you are looking for. This year was no different because even though it hadn’t snowed much in the two weeks before we arrived, the temps stay crispy cold and the sun is low keeping all the but the most southern faces in prime skiing condition.

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Earning Turns

This year’s plan was for 2 days at Roger’s Pass and then a rare, partial week at the Sunrise Hut operated by Golden Alpine Holidays. We arrived to sunny, bluebird skies and that is what would persist our entire time. It felt like we were back in California, but the mountains were blanketed in white, the temps never got higher than -10C and instead of Snickers bars we ate EAT-MORE bars!

Zack and his old school Iron Cross move!

Zack and his old school Iron Cross move!

The first two days we spent touring on Roger’s Pass from the two most popular and centrally located trail heads. Day ONE took us to Balu Pass with some great North facing pow on the way and Day TWO took us on the Young’s Peak traverse for our longest day of the trip.

 

Check out the Suunto Movescount video below for a quick glimpse:

(Utilize the Suunto Movescount App on your laptop, tablet or phone to make it work its magic.)

On Day THREE, a quick eight minute Heli ride from the staging area took us to the Sunrise Hut at around 7,000 ft. We got in, ate our first of the most awesome lunches and hauled water as fast as we could, so we could get out and get skiing. The terrain around the Sunrise Hut is pretty perfect for all day ski touring. We were able to ski about 600-1,100 ft runs all around the hut and in most cases, up into the alpine.

Asst guide Hayden grabbing some pillow action

Assistant guide Hayden grabbing some pillow action

We were particularly fond of hitting the Ridge of Melting Faces for our first few runs everyday as it was the only time the sun was on it. When we arrived at the hut, the faces were clean and void of any ski lines so this made them extra tasty. Even after day FOUR, we still weren’t crossing even our own tracks and that is one of the best parts of a trip like this.

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Admiring our brush strokes on a previously blank canvas

Thanks to our guide/cook team of Julie and Rich Marshall we were incredibly well nourished and well guided throughout. We even got to celebrate Zack’s leap year birthday with some sparkler magic!

Zack's Leap year birthday party!

Zack’s Leap year birthday party!

Sara enjoying her Tele turns

Sara enjoying her Tele turns

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Learn more about Golden Alpine Holidays and book a trip of your lifetime: http://gah.ca/

Learn more about Golden Alpine Holidays and book a trip of your lifetime: http://gah.ca/

 

 

Keep Moving with Goal Zero Rechargers

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Tahoe Mountain Sports is proud to carry solar panels and solar-powered gadgets by Goal Zero. Charge your laptop, phone, audio device, batteries and other electronics while in the field with your own portable power device.

Since Goal Zero became a company in June of 2009 their mission has been to empower people by putting reliable power in the hands of every human being. As they’ve grown over the years their mission has stayed the same and they’ve been lucky enough to connect with people around the world. They’ve been amazed by the steady flow of stories we receive about the good that our friends around the world are doing. In order to help share these stories they’ve created Solar Life.

Solar Life is about the feeling you get waking up to a frost-encrusted tent before dawn. It’s hiking a high mountain ridge to watch the sun rise. It’s bringing light into the lives of those in need, but most of all it’s having the freedom to get out and stay out doing the things that you love without compromising. Solar Life exists to capture and share the stories of those seeking adventure and empowering others. These stories come from their ambassadors, employees and, most importantly, you.

Whether you’re at base camp for months, camping in your backyard, or serving your community, these stories are for you. Goal Zero hope they inspire, empower, and help you live a Solar Life of your own.

Check out the awesome the Flip 10, Guide 10 Plus and Switch 10 USB Multi-Tool Kit rechargers below!

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Adventurous Dining at the Peter Grubb Hut

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

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 www.adventurediningguide.com

Who: Chef Brian Robinson from the Clair Tappaan Lodge, cameraman Calvin Scibilla, dogs Bella and Shogun, and myself
What: Hike to Sierra Club’s Peter Grub Hut and cook lunch in the hut
Where: Tahoe National Forrest and the Clair Tappaan Lodge
When: November, 2014

This was the first official episode that I filmed for Adventure Dining Guide with a cameraman, a script and an experienced chef. I was both nervous and excited for this adventure and spent weeks making sure everything turned out as planned.

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Calvin and I arrived in the morning to the Clair Tappaan Lodge to be greeted by Chef Brian and the friendly staff and volunteers who were at the lodge. We all sat down to enjoy a family style breakfast, where Calvin and I were able to hear some great stories about the lodge and its long history.

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Prepping the taco meat ingredients in the Clair Tappaan kitchen

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Redemption Song: Old Man, Take Two

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Chris Cloyd is a TMS ambassador athlete based out of Truckee, CA. He and Steven Benesi, a distance runner and mountain athlete from Truckee, are attempting to run and climb all of the peak on the Western States Climbers’ OGUL List by the end of 2016. Their successes and shortcomings will be recounted in this space – subscribe to the TMS blog RSS feed to follow their story!

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Old Man Mountain, as seen from Interstate 80 Eastbound. Photo: Chris Cloyd

After a failed attempt earlier this year, Steven and I decided to celebrate his birthday with another attempt at Old Man Mountain. It seemed a fitting tribute, celebrating getting older with a summit bearing such a name. Learning from our previous mistakes, we chose attempt a new route to Old Man this time – instead of starting from Lake Spaulding, we would start from Cisco Grove and try and gain the summit via the Fordyce Summit ridgeline. This route put us a bit closer, to start, and seemed to remove much of the cross country travel that slowed us down last time.

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No Snow Doesn’t Mean No Fun!

Monday, March 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 and Garrett McCullough, and lots of family and friends
What: Skiing and hiking
Where: Park City, Utah
When: March 2015

This is the fourth year of drought in Truckee/Tahoe. We could all sit around and complain, and many of us do, as do some of our visitors. There’s no snow, no powder, it’s too warm, it’s too muddy, etc. Please pinch yourselves! Somehow it is easy to forget that we are at Lake Tahoe – one of the most gorgeous lakes in the Sierra, surrounded by incredible and yes, still snow-capped mountains.

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The recent inversions mean lots of fog in the Martis Valley, taken at Northstar California. Photo: Rachel McCullough

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