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PREPARE FOR SUMMER ON THE TAHOE RIM TRAIL

Spring has arrived and summer is inching closer. REI-Reno is pleased to partner with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for the return of the April Speakers Series. This year’s presentations will include information for everybody, but, in particular, we will give attention to hikers and mountain bikers.  Get expert information on where to go, what to bring with you and how to have fun while respecting others and the environment.

3177701313_0c5f322ce2_z All in all, this should be a spectacular not-to-be-missed series.  Here are details on each presentation:

1. “Trail Tactics for The TRT,” Wednesday, April 4, from 6:30 to 8pm

We kickoff this season’s Spring Speaker Series with tips and tricks for segment hiking or day hiking the 165 mile Tahoe Rim Trail.  We will give detailed information on each trail segment.  Questions such as: What amenities are available?  Is there a better place to start/finish?  Do I need permits?  May I bring my dog?  Any special attractions?  Anything I should be aware of? . . .and much more.  This presentation by TRTA staff will be invaluable for planning a fun and safe hike around the Lake.

2. “Mountain Biking the TRT,” Wednesday, April 11, from 6:30 to 8pm

The Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) is a multi-use trail open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.  This presentation will focus on the unmatched mountain biking opportunities for all levels of rider experience.  In this presentation we will discuss the various trail characteristics, including sights, skill levels, gear requirements, trail rules, regulations, etiquette, time and safety considerations.  The TRT mountain bike trails are only a part of the mountain bike terrain offered in the Tahoe Basin. We will include in our discussion other trail opportunities that you will not want to miss.

3.   “The Properly Equipped Hiker,” Wednesday, April 18, from 6:30 to 8pm.

This presentation is essential for both segment and thru-hikers.  REI hiking experts will discuss gear, clothing and back country skills that will help you enjoy your time on the trail.  They will also help you to distinguish between essential gear versus what gear is nice to have.  Gear and clothing selections will also be reviewed for weight, cost, durability and ease of use considerations.  This session will also serve as an unveiling of the newest in 2012 gear.  Backcountry skills will focus on hydration techniques, navigational skills and Leave No Trace principles.  Combine this class with the first class and you will be ready to hit the Tahoe Rim Trail this summer, dressed and outfitted for success.

4.   “Trail Repairs and Mountain Bike Gear,” Wednesday, April 25, from 6:30 to 8pm.

Mountain bikers will be stoked about this session.  It will not only focus on the latest after-market gear, but will include typical trail repairs, as well as how to inspect your bike before your ride.  REI’s bike experts will go over the essentials of a pre-ride inspection, which will keep you safer on the seat this summer.  They will cover typical trail repairs including: flat tires, bent spokes, broken cables, suspension problems, chain issues, derailleur malfunctions, etc.  They will also cover your options if your bike cannot be repaired.  Gear will be discussed from a number of points of view so that you can decide what is best for your style of riding.  Combine this class with the second class and you will be ready for some Flume Trail fun in 2012.

FREE GUIDED HIKES THROUGH TAHOE’S BACKCOUNTRY

WildflowerMeadow (2)Mice_Meadows (2)Desolation 123 (2)Our late snow melt is providing impeccable hiking conditions all summer! Reno Tahoe has the perfect combo: spring’s rolling green hills with late blossoming flowers and summer’s warm weather.

This July, join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for FREE guided hikes every week. There are hikes for all abilities so anyone can discover this fun and easy way to exercise, socialize and visit beautiful vistas during the summer months in the Tahoe Basin.

Saturday, July 9 – Grandma, Grandpa & Me Hikes

10am, at the Tahoe Meadows Trailhead

10am, at the Big Meadows Trailhead

Happening at two locations due to popular demand, kids will learn about neighboring animals, their habitat and wilderness safety on this unforgettable adventure.

Saturday, July 9 – Castle Rock

8am, at the Kingsbury Grade North Trailhead

Hike the awe-inspiring Tahoe Rim Trail over rolling terrain with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe along the way to Castle Rock.

Saturday, July 16 – Dardanelles Lake

8am, at the Big Meadows Trailhead

Passing through shallow creeks, strikingly beautiful cliffs and the Big Meadow, you’ll reach the Dardanelles Lakes.

Saturday, July 23 – Echo Lakes

8am, at Echo Summit North Trailhead

This 10.6 mile trek will pass spectacular granite formations, allowing you to enjoy the deep blue surface of Lower and Upper Echo Lakes.

Sunday, July 24 – Birds, Views and Falls

7am, at the Mount Rose Trailhead

Hike from the Mount Rose Trailhead to Galena Falls to enjoy the birds and soak in great views before arriving at Galena Falls and the surrounding alpine meadows. Possible avian participants are Green-tailed Towhee, Clark’s Nutcracker, Mountain Bluebird and MacGillivray’s Warbler.

Saturday, July 30 – Barker Pass

8am, at the Barker Pass Trailhead

Not only will you enjoy some great vistas and wildflowers on this hike, but you will also learn how TRTA Trail Builders build and maintain this incredible trail. Don’t worry, this is a “hands-off” trail building lesson.

THREE PEAKS IN THREE WEEKS

Friday, July 15 – Mt. Rose

7am, at the Mt. Rose Parking Plaza and Trailhead

Friday, July 22 – Freel Peak

6:30am, at the Big Meadows Trailhead

Friday, July 29 – Mt. Tallac

7am, at the Glenn Alpine Trailhead.

FULL MOON HIKES – TRTA Members Only

Friday, July 15

7:30pm, at the Tahoe Meadows Trailhead

Not a member of the TRTA? Join! Afterwards, enjoy a three mile moonlit tromp through the Tahoe Meadows up to the Tahoe Basin ridge. Expect casually paced hikes for all ages, while slowing down to enjoy the flora and fauna and to explore with your nighttime senses.

You must register in advance for these summer hikes. Online registration is now required for all TRTA programs and can be completed on the TRTA website at www.tahoerimtrail.org. For more information call 775-298-0012 or email Tom at programs@tahoerimtrail.org.

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HAPPY HIKING!

Leave sNOw Trace Extravaganza March 10-13

leave_snow_trace (2)It’s a LEAVE sNOw TRACE extravaganza as the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics partners with Tahoe Mountain Sports and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for an entire weekend of events March 10-13, 2011. 

The award-winning Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is the international leader in sustainable recreation practices. The nonprofit organization teaches children and adults vital skills to minimize their impacts when they are outdoors. Leave No Trace is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used today on public lands across the nation by all types of outdoor recreationalists. One of Leave No Trace’s 7 fundamental principles is “Plan Ahead and Prepare,” and Tahoe Mountain Sports and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association continually help Tahoe residents and visitors do just that.

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association exists to maintain and enhance the legendary 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail and encourages stewardship through volunteer programs, education outreach, and community partnerships. TRTA staff and volunteers inspire trail-users to adhere to the Leave No Trace principle.

For their LEAVE sNOw TRACE crusade, Leave No Trace, the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and Tahoe Mountain Sports have planned the following events to help spread the word of leaving no trace at Lake Tahoe:

  • Thursday, March 10 – Tahoe Mountain Sports Sasquatch Sale Benefits the Tahoe Rim Trail Association.The Tahoe Mountain Sports annual spring clearance, the Sasquatch Sale, kicks off with 10% of all profits being donated to the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, all day 10am-6pm.
  • Thursday Night, March 10 – Leave No Trace Winter Skills Awareness Workshop: Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers at the North Tahoe Events Center in Kings Beach for an interactive program that provides the necessary tools to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Participants will explore the principles of Leave No Trace through hands-on, engaging activities that are guaranteed fun for all ages. Rumor has it that Bigfoot will be there to share some of his secrets on leaving no trace in the wild! Program runs 6-8pm with light refreshments provided, and is free and open to everyone.
  • Saturday, March 12 – Kings Beach SnowFest Parade: Bigfoot, the Leave No Trace mascot, hits Kings Beach’s mainstreet for the SnowFest Closing Weekend Parade, joined by the official, decked-out Leave No Trace Subaru and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association Ford F-150 filled with Tahoe Mountain Sports and Tahoe Rim Trail staffers. Parade starts at 11:30am. Watch the action go by at Tahoe Mountain Sports, aka “parade central,” with the judges and the emcee hanging out on their front porch, and the best deals of the season inside with the Sasquatch Sale!

- Lis Korb