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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Lake Tahoe and Truckee outdoor recreation and activities.

History of Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking at Sierra Ski and Cycle Works

Gary Bell early mountain bikes of Lake TahoeThe History of Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking Exhibit is on display daily at Sierra Ski and Cycle Works, owned by South Lake Tahoe mountain bike pioneer, Gary Bell.

“I want to help people understand the roots of Tahoe mountain biking, and how it’s evolved over the past three decades,” says Bell.

As the unofficial official bike and ski museum for Lake Tahoe, you’ll find living characters sharing trail tales along with Gary who will set your fun meter to high with the latest full suspension carbon Santa Cruz bikes.  Open daily 9ish-6ish.

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Learn To Backpack Aug 28-30

If you’ve wanted to try backpacking, but weren’t quite sure how to get started check out the Tahoe Rim Trail Backcountry Trails Camp which will be held near Armstrong Pass on August 28th through August 30th.

This is a great opportunity to meet new people, work up a sweat, enjoy a few nights out under the stars, and show your appreciation and support for the Tahoe Rim Trail. read more →

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Free Guided Hikes on the Tahoe Rim Trail Aug-Sept

Enjoy birds, fall colors, big forests of Sugar Pine and breathtaking views during free guided hikes on the Tahoe Rim Trail during August and September.

Bring your binoculars to learn more about the Mountain Bluebird, Red-Breasted Sapsucker, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Black-backed Woodpecker, and Pine Grosbeak, as you stroll through flower-covered alpine meadows.

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Concours d’Elegance August 7-8

Lake Tahoe Concours d'EleganceExotic wooden boats mark our nautical history in style especially during this favorite event where you can drool over 70 of the finest and rarest wooden boats in the world. Obexer’s Boat Company, home of the first wooden boat dealership on Lake Tahoe, will be the site of the annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance, August 7 and 8, 2015.

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Ta-hoe Nalu Paddle Festival Aug 14-16

2014 5mie-0146 Tahoe Nalu photosThe biggest paddle board festival on Lake Tahoe just got bigger.

The Ta-Hoe Nalu Stand-up Paddle Board Festival features two-days of races for paddle boarders of all ages and skill levels. Lakeside entertainment including food, luaus, live music and prizes will top off the races held at Kings Beach August 14 through 16th.

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Meyers Mountain Bike Festival Aug 8-9

Gary Bell early mountain bikes of Lake TahoeThe Annual Meyers Mountain Bike Festival will take place on August 8 and 9, 2015 in the Divided Sky parking lot. The festival includes the  infamous “Triple Crown Ride” covering 30+ miles and a 5,200 elevation gain.  Lots of music, food, drinks and events for all ages.

Sierra Ski and Cycle Works is sponsoring a History of Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking exhibit on Sunday, August 9, 2015.  Here’s your chance to the see the first Lake Tahoe mountain bike, Clunker, and meet a slew of early mountain bike pioneers including Gary Bell and Don Koski from Cove Bike Shop in Tiburon.

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Northstar Mountain Bike Park is Open

BikerLake Tahoe has another reason to brag – Northstar Mountain Bike Park.

The park is considered one of the top mountain bike parks on the west coast following Whistler. The park is open so get your cross-country and downhill bikes tuned and ready to go.

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Birds, Burgers, and Brews TINS Aug 1

Birds of a feather flock together on the Tahoe Rim Trail with our favorite local naturalists, Will and Clark, of Tahoe Institute for Natural Science during their annual Birds, Burgers and Brews event on August 1, 2015.

Sign up for three different birding tours around Lake Tahoe and Truckee and enjoy local craft brews and burgers as we all converge at 64 Acres in Tahoe City (next to the Transit Center) in the afternoon. read more →

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Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge Guided Hike from Big Meadow to Round Lake Sept 26

WinterwearingMcLeodAre you a Tahoe Rim Trail Challenger looking for a guided experience as you complete your 6 challenge hikes?

If so, then join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association on challenge site #3! This challenge hike is moderate in difficulty with a total elevation of 1,000 feet. read more →

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Summer Full Moon Hikes with the Tahoe Rim Trail

Experience the peace, tranquility and beauty of Lake Tahoe by moonlight during these summer full moon hikes led by experienced Tahoe Rim Trail guides.  Expect casually paced hikes for all ages, while slowing down to enjoy inspiring views as the moon rises over Lake Tahoe, flora and fauna, current happenings in the natural world and nighttime senses. Bring a flashlight, layered clothing and water.

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Full Moon Hike to Brockway Vista Sept 26

Experience the beauty that fall offers in Lake Tahoe on this full moon hike at Brockway Vista on September 26, 2015. We will begin our trek watching the sunset and the moon rise as we hike up to a stunning vista that will wind through a beautiful wooded forest. Expect a casually paced hike for all ages. Don’t worry, we’ll have headlamps on standby!

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Tahoe Institute for Natural Science Events

Enjoy a great day outdoors while soaking up some knowledge about the beautiful area you call home with the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS).

TINS hosts several activities and events to bring Tahoe’s natural history, science, and conservation issues to the public through walks and talks, citizen science programs, or other special events such as the 2015 Tahoe Big Year.

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Summer Avian Visitors: Birding at Lake Tahoe with TINS

Summer is a perfect time to learn about birds that migrate to Lake Tahoe for the season – and boy are they noisy this year. Join Kirk Hardie, Co- Executive Director of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science for bird watching walks to introduce us to the migratory birds of the Lake Tahoe region.

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Full Moon Paddle with Kayak Tahoe July 30

rickgunnkayakingAfter that big wildflower hike through lupine, penstemon and mule ears, it’s time to get on the lake for a favorite summer pastime.  A full moon kayak tour.

Watching the moon rise over Freel Peak, bright blue skies transform into alpenglow then moonlight, there isn’t a more spectacular time to be on Lake Tahoe.

Join Kayak Tahoe for a two hour casual paddle on July 30.

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South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic July 24-25

Indulge in a classic Tahoe tradition July 24 and 25 at the Tahoe Keys Marina in South Lake Tahoe during the antique wooden boat show. Along with the mixture of masterfully restored boats, you’ll also find live music, a beer tasting village and lots of food and family-friendly events.

This year’s theme, “50s & Fins”, will honor those boats built between 1950 and 1959.

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Did you know…Lake Tahoe has an Underwater State Park?

Why would anyone scuba dive in Lake Tahoe?

There’s nothing to see – right?

Wrong.

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Thru Hike 165 miles with Tahoe Rim Trail Angels

Don’t miss the angel-assisted annual Thru-Hike on the Tahoe Rim Trail and help raise money for maintenance of this iconic Lake Tahoe trail.

It’s 14 days of pure bliss, or the closest you can get to it by hiking 165 miles along the crest of Lake Tahoe.  The TRTA Annual Thru Hike trip will take place in August and September each summer.

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Wildflowers at Winnemucca Lake & Round Top are on

Leashed in TahoeThe annual march up to Round Top and Winnemucca Lakes to view the wildflowers is on!

My mom dragged me up here Saturday, leashed.  So embarrassing, but it was easier for us to stop and smell the miles and miles of mountain heather.  I’m in love.

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TAMBA Mountain Bike Events and Trail Days

The Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA) has been cranking with trail days attracting hundreds of volunteers, group rides, trail condition reports, securing new trails – yes! – and helping to promote BMX tracks in Tahoe and the region.

Check out their schedule of events.    read more →

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Thunderbird Paddling Festival June 13

Paddlers and Tahoe Keepers will gather at Sand Harbor State Park on the east shore for the annual Thunderbird Paddling Festival on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

You choose from an 8 mile or 4 mile round trip paddle that starts at Sand Harbor State Park, heads south to Chimney Beach past historic Thunderbird Lodge, and back.  There’s also a 2-mile race for kids 12 years old and younger.

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Lake Tahoe Bird Festival June 13

Flock to Taylor Creek Visitor Center for the annual Lake Tahoe Bird Festival on Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 10 am to 3:30 pm.

The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBM), invites everyone to this free event for fun and educational walks, workshops, educational activities and live bird demonstrations. read more →

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Van Sickle Trail Volunteer Workdays

Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for volunteer trail building workdays in Stateline, Nevada in South Lake Tahoe at Van Sickle.  Learn new skills, meet like minded trail enthusiasts, and give back to your community by joining a volunteer trail crew! read more →

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Tahoe Bike Challenge June 1-14

Nothing beats riding our bikes around town to hear the spring birds and watch the wild flowers pop.  Here’s another reason to grab another gear.

The 2015 Tahoe Bike Challenge takes place June 1 – June 14, 2015.

This non-competitive, competitive :) event encourages everyone to park the car, and ride a bike.  Whether you’re headed to work, school, the post office or just riding to have fun, grab your bike to stay healthy, Keep Tahoe Blue, and to win prizes.

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Lake Tahoe Water Trail Open Year Round

The Lake Tahoe Water Trail is a 72-mile water route along the shoreline segmented into seven Day Trips, which includes public launch and landing sites, and information to help paddlers have a safe and fun adventure.

As the only paddling source for Lake Tahoe, visitors can find public launch/landing sites, planned paddle routes, shoreline businesses, cultural and natural attractions, navigation tools, and water safety and AIS prevention tips on the website, www.laketahoewatertrail.org, and the printed waterproof and tear restistant Water Trail Map & Guide, and Day Trip Maps. read more →

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They’re here. PCT Thru-Hikers. What a Trip.

You’ve probably seen them lately. Huge backpacks. Shoes dangling.

In need of a shower; a place to stay for the night.

And a glimmer in their eye that no one can possibly understand unless you’ve done it.

PCT Thru-Hikers; those hearty hikers who have been walking from Mexico as they keep on keeping on to the Canadian border.

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Donner Lake Paddle Race May 23

Donner Lake RaceIf you’re looking for a different kind of intense workout, check this out.

The Annual Donner Lake Memorial Weekend Stand-up/Prone Paddleboard Race takes place Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 9am. It’s part of the O’Neil Tahoe Cup Paddle Board Race Series.

Be sure and clean, drain and dry your paddleboard before you jump in the lake, and become a Tahoe Keeper today.

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Native Species Festival Taylor Creek May 30

Learn about native plants, birds and animals at the Native Species Festival presented by the USFS from 10am-4pm on May 30 at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center.

Visit educational booths set up by public agencies and nonprofits to learn more about Lake Tahoe’s native plants and animals, including black bears, bats, beaver, and Tahoe yellow cress.

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Soulcycler Rick Gunn: Pedaling Love and Compassion

Rick Gunn PhotographyOn July 1, 2005, he started his journey from the Golden Gate Bridge. Thirty-three countries, 25,811 miles and 34 months later, he returned to South Lake Tahoe.

Rick Gunn, photographer, writer and adventurer from South Lake Tahoe, is on a mission to spread more love, compassion and understanding about our world through his captivating Soulcycler presentations.

“Soulcycler, Words And Images From a 25,811-Mile Bicycle Journey Around-The-World.” “Soulcycler” combines 350 breath-taking photos from 33 countries, set to music, accompanied by a selection of uniquely emotional stories from around the globe. Inspired by a series of formative experiences during his childhood, Gunn delivers a front-row seat to the pursuit of his lifelong dream of cycling the planet.

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Shaun Palmer, Snowboard Icon still on Top

2133422985_a1ff940199.JPGHe has nine Winter X Games gold medals in four different disciplines, six in snowboardcross, and was also the 2001 ESPY Action Sports Athlete of the Year.

Meet Shaun Palmer, legendary snowboarder.

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Spring Birding Hot Spots

Spring Birding Hot Spots in South Tahoe Area

by Sue Stevenson, South Shore artist and avid birder

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Golfing for Schools Cards on Sale

coyotemoonYou’ve heard of our Skiing for Schools program, now it’s time to golf to support North Lake Tahoe and Truckee schools with the 2015 Golfing for Schools card.

For as little as $325 , you can play 18 holes at seven North Lake Tahoe and Truckee courses.  Even better, the cards are transferable. The Excellence in Education Foundation Golfing for Schools Cards go on sale Saturday, April 18, 2015. read more →

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Spring Birds of the Sierra April 1

Discover dabblers, divers, and other feathered friends with local birder Jim Woods on April 1, 2015. Woods will show you where to look to find birds in their natural habitats, and will share his knowledge of birds and other local wildlife.

Catch birds in their native habitat, while having a fun and informative nature day with our local birds as the star of the show. read more →

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Free Avalanche Workshop at Squaw April 15

When disaster strikes, be ready to be the one who saves your friend’s life, including your dog’s life.

Learn how to correctly use an avalanche beacon at the free monthly clinic at Squaw on April 15, 2015, sponsored by the Squaw elite team – Squaw Dogs.  The workshop takes place from 5:30-7:30pm at Ski Patrol Base in the Red Dog Complex.

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Coalition Snow Kickstarter March 24 Revolutionizes Women’s Snow Gear

Coaltion Snow Getting itTired of the shrink it and pink it model for women’s skis and snowboards?
This is it—skis and snowboards designed by women, for women. Coalition Snow focuses on what women can do rather than what they can’t. Check out their Kickstarter campaign and help support the #sisterhoodofshred! http://bit.ly/cskickstarter

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Truckee Donner Land Trust teams up with Access Fund to protect worldclass climbing on Donner Summit

Donner Summit Climbing ProtectedThe Truckee Donner Land Trust and the Access Fund, a national climbing advocacy organization, have signed an agreement with a private landowner to purchase a significant climbing area on Donner Summit.

The 10-acre property features some of the most dramatic terrain in the Truckee-Tahoe region, with stunning vistas and world-class climbing on finely textured granite. The acquisition will protect the popular and historic Black Wall, Peanut Gallery, and Road Cut climbing areas, as well as the access trail to the popular Space Wall, Shark Wall, and Grouse Slabs, all easily accessible from Old Highway 40. read more →

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Identify Birds during 2015 Tahoe Big Year

TINS Tahoe Big YearSponsored by the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, the Tahoe Big Year celebrates the hundreds of bird species that make the Tahoe region their home all year-round or a fly-way vacation, while passing through to other destinations.

Throughout 2015, participants will scour the Lake Tahoe region in search of as many species of birds as they can find. This event is not strictly a competition, but an opportunity to learn about and experience the Tahoe’s diverse bird community and rich birding opportunities. read more →

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Coalition Snow Women’s Skill Clinic at Sugar Bowl March 1

Coalition Snow Girls RuleCoalition Snow is excited to announce Sugar Bowl Resort as its home mountain for the 2014/2015 season. The partnership grew out of a shared vision for encouraging women to get out in the mountains and a desire to support women in the industry.

As part of the partnership, Coalition Snow will partner with the North American Ski Training Center by offering a women’s only skills clinic on March 1 at Sugar Bowl Resort. read more →

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Eagles and Agriculture February 19-22

Eagles-and-AgricultureThis remarkable interaction between nature and agriculture attracts photographers, birders and nature-lovers of all kinds who come to closely observe bald and golden eagles, hawks, falcons, owls and a variety of other birds and wildlife species.

It’s a bird lover’s paradise during the Annual Eagles and Agriculture Event February 19-22, 2015 in Carson Valley.  read more →

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Rahlves’ Banzai Tour March 7-8 at Kirkwood

Daron-Rahlves-Silver-Belt-photo-by-Court-LeveDaron Rahlves, four-time Olympian, World Champion and Truckee local, has refined the classic Silver Belt race that started at Sugar Bowl in the 1940s.  Now called the “Banzai Tour,” the event mixes big mountain freeride action with ski and boarder-cross strategy in a mad-dash race series held at four ski resorts.

The competition begins February 21-22 at Alpine Meadows, followed by March 7-8 at Kirkwood, and finishing March 14-15 at Sugar Bowl.  Don’t miss it.

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Winter Wilderness Survival Workshop with TNSRT at Sorensen’s Jan 10

Tahoe Nordic Search and RescueHopefully, you’ll never need to know what to do if you get lost out in a Sierra winter. But it’s better to know what to do just in case.

Members of the nonprofit, all-volunteer Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team (TNSRT) will lead an easy snowshoe and cross-country ski trek to cover planning and preparation, proper dress and equipment, emergency shelters, etc on Saturday January 10, 2015 from 10am – 12pm at Sorensen’s in Hope Valley.

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Volunteer for Bald Eagle Count Jan 9, 2015

Bald Eagle at Pope Marsh Dec 15As part of a national survey effort monitoring the recovery of Bald Eagle populations, the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) is seeking volunteers to assist with the 33rd annual Mid-winter Bald Eagle Count on January 9th, 2015. Volunteers will be responsible for counting all bald eagles at one of 26 sites distributed around the Lake Tahoe shoreline during a three-hour period on the morning of the count.  Click here for map locations.

I see Bald Eagles every time I go to the lake.  Magical.

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Ski to Benefit Local Schools with Discounted Tickets. DUH!

Gary Bell of Sierra Ski and Cycle Works supports Tahoe SchoolsIt’s a no brainer.  Ski or board at our Lake Tahoe ski and cross-country resorts with special discounted lift tickets and help our local schools.

It’s part of the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation Skiing (TTEEF) for Schools Days – woohoo! – that TAMC and locals love to support.

The benefits are endless.  Get smart and buy your TTEEF ticket today.  Schools matter.

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Avalanche Education Classes

Sierra Ski and Cycle Works DroppingIf you explore the backcountry on skis, board or sled, or if you’re considering it as a new pastime, you don’t want to miss this FREE, three-part Avalanche Education Series at Tahoe Mountain Sports. Three separate, fun and educational events will bring the Tahoe-Truckee backcountry community together for experiences like no other, valued at: priceless. The cost to the public: free. A popular and credible guest speaker will be on-site to inform and entertain each night of the Series; look forward to learning directly from professional skiers, mountain guides and avalanche safety instructors, and local non-profits that work to keep you safe in the backcountry.

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Skiing with Your Dog at Lake Tahoe

While you can’t take your dog to most cross-country ski areas in Lake Tahoe and Truckee, you can take them on a few developed trails and almost anywhere else.

Here are some key spots where you can safely cross-country ski with your dog.  Don’t forget the poop bag!

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Sky Tavern Ski Area

Located in the very northeastern nook of Lake Tahoe on Mt. Rose Highway is Sky Tavern, an important piece of Nevada’s heritage.

Since 1948, the Sky Tavern Junior Ski Program has taught tens of thousands of kids winter sports. Today the program is still going strong through extensive volunteer efforts dedicated to preserving Tahoe ski culture.

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Getting Lost in a Winter Wonderland by Robert Frohlich

Opie Lost Trial LodgeUpon arriving to the Lost Trail Lodge, the first person to greet you isn’t a person at all, but a Great Pyranees named Opie. The giant yet gentle dog’s immediate friendship is a hearty welcome within the wilderness setting and creates an easy, relaxed tone for one of snow season’s most unique getaways.

“I named this place Lost Trail because people are always getting lost off the backside of Sugar Bowl or along the Pacific Crest Trail and somehow end up here,” explains David Robertson, owner and operator of the wilderness outpost.

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The New Tele Norm by Gary Bell

step-right.jpgWhen you were a kid, did you ever meet a new friend that made you feel bad because you didn’t want to play with your old friends anymore?

This is what the NTN system by Rottefella has done to me.

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Wilderness First Aid WMI Course Jan 24-25

Wilderness First Responders Tahoe CultureThe Tahoe Rim Trail Association is hosting a two-day Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course taught by the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS Saturday and Sunday, January 24 -25, 2015 from 8:00am- 5:00pm.  This course will provide individuals with a foundation in important first aid concepts critical to responding effectively to emergencies in a remote backcountry environment.

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Do you know…how KT-22 got its name?

unofficial.JPGNo, it’s not named after any resemblance to Pakistan’s K2.

It’s named after Kick Turns. 22 of them.

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So Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count Dec 15

The South Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count on December 15th,  from 8am until sundown, is a chance to do some birding in the winter, socialize with other birders and contribute to the largest, longest running citizen science program in the world.

Novices to experts are all welcome for this fun winter event that focuses the 7.5 mile radius count circle on the Upper Truckee River mouth.

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