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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Lake Tahoe and Truckee hiking trails, climbing and mountaineering.

Wilderness First Aid WMI Course Nov 1-2

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, November 1 and 2, 2014 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.

Cost is $245 (Non-TRTA Members) and $220 (TRTA-Members).

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Mt. Houghton Trail Completion Party Oct 14

Mt. Houghton Trail Day Tahoe Culture

Wednesday, October 14, 2014 the Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) will celebrate the completion of new trail to the Mt. Houghton Summit from the Tahoe Rim Trail at Relay Ridge. This new trail is the final phase of the multi-year Rim to Reno Project that connected the Tahoe Rim Trail to communities in Northern Nevada by building trail from Mt. Rose to the Thomas Creek Trailhead.

The new .7 miles of trail to Mt. Houghton Summit increases recreational access in the Mt. Rose area and protects Tahoe Draba, an endemic species found only in a few sites in the Tahoe Basin. Trail building was a summer long endeavor with over 100 volunteers and more than 2,000 hours contributed.

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Tahoe Rim Trail Volunteer Trail Building Workdays

Help continue to maintain and build the trail like no other by coming out and volunteering for one, or a few, of these work days. Choose a day for your group to sign up for and contact us so we can set your group up for a fun filled day of being outside and making a difference. No experience is necessary, and all ages are welcome to join.

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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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East Side Trails in Your Pocket

Do you prefer leisurely “Lakeside Rambles” or a 3-day backpacking trip?

Both? You’re in luck!

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Van Sickle Trail Info at Explore Tahoe

Located on the bottom floor of the Heavenly Village Transit Center, Explore Tahoe showcases a wealth of natural history, recreation and transportation information, along with environmental educational programs geared for all ages.

Explore Tahoe has also been a very big supporter of the new Van Sickle Bi-State Park and multi-use trail right in its backyard.

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Wildflowers @ Winnemucca Lake & Round Top are on

shyra.JPGThe annual march up to Round Top and Winnemucca Lake to view the wildflowers is on! 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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South Shore Mountaineer Carving a Niche

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His deep love of the Sierras drives his passions.

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Tahoe Rim Trail Tahoe Trackers July 20-22, 2014

Map and compass orienteering. Wildlife, flora and fauna identification. Astronomy.

It’s all part of the Tahoe Rim Trail and Tahoe Institute for Natural Science youth backcountry camps held in July at Lake Tahoe. Get in tune with your senses and explore Tahoe with a wildlife tracker’s state of mind! This 3-day program will introduce teens (ages 12-14) to the wild inhabitants of the Tahoe Basin, how we can recognize their signs, scat, and learn why they can’t always be seen.

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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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Winter Camping 101 Excursion March 29-30 with the Tahoe Rim Trail

Join experienced Tahoe Rim Trail guides on an overnight excursion and day trip designed to share the joys of winter camping and exploration in the backcountry overlooking Lake Tahoe with an emphasis on safety, comfort, and fun on March 29-30, 2014.

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Free Valentine’s Sunset Snowshoe Hike Feb 14

Impress your Valentine with an evening snow hike around the beautiful Tahoe Meadows above Lake Tahoe at sunset and enjoy wine, sparkling water, cheese and other goodies on February 14th, of course!

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Tahoe Adventure Film Festival Dec 14 at MontBleu

Well known as a breeding ground for elite athletes and year-round adventurers, Lake Tahoe is the stage for the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival to be held December 14, 2013 in South Shore at MontBleu. The pre-party starts at 6:30pm.

Designed to capture the intensity and passion of adventure, the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival showcases clips from the best action sports films of the year, along with theatrical stunts and jaw-dropping imagery by Aurora photos and lots of prizes and tributes to our mountain culture.

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Fall Foliage Viewing Areas

Fall is one of our favorite times to spot the abundant Aspen groves surrounding Lake Tahoe. Now ablaze in gold, sprinkled with orange and red, it’s time to take a hike through our enchanting fall foliage landscapes and listen to the sounds of nature.

Still some colors around Tahoe, as well as bald eagles, bears and blue heron at Taylor Creek grabbing salmon.

Following are directions to great spots to view fall foliage in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

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“Slow is Smooth. Smooth is Fast.” And other Adventure Quotes.

bigdaddy2.JPGThe following quotes were part of Aaron Sedway’s photo and mixed media display at the North Tahoe Art Center in 2007 – boy time flies.

Besides punctuating his dramatic photos, the quotes capture the passion of the athletes he shoots, and shout Tahoe mountain culture.

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Free Tahoe Rim Trail Hike: Birds, Views and Falls with TINS Aug 3

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, Views and Falls free hike August 3 from 7am to 3pm.

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Rock Climbing Classes in South Shore

rickclimber.jpgConcentration. Strength. Agility. Finesse.

Rock climbers own these skills that translate into the rest of their lives. read more →

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Alan Masters of South Lake Tahoe will hike PCT to Raise Funds for Diabetes Research

Alan Masters on Top of the WorldHe’s on a mission. Alan Masters of South Lake Tahoe, shown here on top of Mt Tallac, is hiking the entire 2,650-mile journey on the Pacific Crest Trail.

His goal is to raise $2.65 million for the Northern California Inland Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) by touching the lives of $100,000 people and urging them to donate a penny per mile.   I’m in. Are you? read more →

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Free Trail Talk at Tahoe Meadows Feb 19

Learn about Lake Tahoe mountaineering, how to snowshoe efficiently, and the inside scoop on new work on the Tahoe Rim Trail during the free Trail Talks all winter.

Head to Tahoe Meadows/Ophir Creek on February 19, 2013 from 11:30am-1:00pm for an interactive snowshoe walk and talk and that will cover Tahoe Rim Trail improvements, education and experience.

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Rim to Reno Trail Building thru Oct 20

The Rim to Reno Trail System will provide more than 20 miles of new trail connecting the existing trails in the vicinity of Mount Rose and creating a new system that includes loop trails along with the connector trail to Reno.

Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association every Thursday and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm until October 20, 2012.

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Peak of the Rim Full Moon Hike Sept 29

Enjoy vistas of Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Meadows atop Relay Peak at 10,338 feet, the high point on the Tahoe Rim Trail with other TRTA members on September 29th from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Bring a head lamp for this strenuous 9 mile hike.  The only catch…you must be a TRTA member to go on this free hike.

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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.  All hikes start at the Tahoe Meadows trail head.

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Learn To Backpack with Tahoe Rim Trail Aug 10-12 & Aug 25-26

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 on Aug 10-12 and Backpacking 101 on Aug 25 and 26, 2012.

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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Women’s Backpacking 101 July 28-29

The Tahoe Rim Trail is offering a Women’s Backpacking 101 course over the weekend of July 28-29, 2012, starting at the Big Meadow Trailhead in South Lake Tahoe.

Led by volunteer Tahoe Rim Trail guides and experienced backpackers, the class will introduce the basics of backpacking, trip planning, how to pack, bear awareness, campsite selection and set up, meal preparation and Leave No Trace principles. read more →

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Free Guided Hikes on the Tahoe Rim Trail June 28-July 30

Enjoy a profusion of birds and wildflowers during free guided hikes on the Tahoe Rim Trail in July.

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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Tahoe Rim Trail April Spring Speaker Series for Hikers and Mountain Bikers

The April Spring Speaker Series presentations will include information for everybody, but, in particular, we will give attention to hikers and mountain bikers. We will give you the best information on where to go, what to bring with you and how to have fun while respecting others and the environment. REI-Reno is pleased to partner with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for the return of the April Speakers Series.

Admission to each presentation in the series is FREE and will be held at REI Reno, 2225 Harvard Way every Wednesday in April from 6:30pm – 8 pm.

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Epic Sierra “Wild West Slope” for Teens

Epic Sierra provides affordable adventure travel options for teens in the heart of the Sierra Nevada.

For the 2012 summer, Epic Sierra will offer “Wild West Slope” a 7-day program that takes teens on an adventure along the Highway 49 corridor.

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Help Build new Trail in South Lake Tahoe Tuesdays and Saturdays

Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for volunteer trail building workdays in Stateline, Nevada in South Lake Tahoe on the Daggett Summit Trail Project. Workdays are Tuesdays and Saturdays (9:00 am to 4:00 pm). Learn new skills, meet like minded trail enthusiasts, and give back to your community by joining a volunteer trail crew!

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Free Guided Hikes on the Tahoe Rim Trail feature Wildflowers, Birds and Astronomy

You can’t beat the views, invigorating fresh air and camaraderie as you hike the famous Tahoe Rim Trail that encircles Lake Tahoe along the crest.

From wildflower and birding hikes and even a family astronomy hike, join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for free guided hikes this summer.

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The North Face Explore Fund Awards Grant to the American River Conservancy

The North Face has awarded a $2,500 grant to The American River Conservancy to help children and families explore the outdoors.

The Conservancy uses best available science, volunteers and partnerships to preserve rivers, land and the life they support. Through education and recreation, the Conservancy inspires the care of natural landscapes for future generations.

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Hoots, Howls & Growls: Family Fun Hike October 29

This easy hike along 1.2 miles of the Tahoe Rim Trail is designed to introduced kids, (and adults) to hiking at night and dispel myths about the nocturnal animals that get a bad rap at Halloween.

The Hoots, Howls & Growls Family Fun Hike at Tahoe Meadows will be a scream. Don’t miss it Friday, October 29, starting at 5:30pm.

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Free Galena Falls Wildflower Hike August 21

Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association on a free leisurely hike to Galena Falls on August 21 starting at 10am.

The hike starts with a climb up and heads over a ridge and through the forest to a cascading waterfall. Followed by a moderate climb to a high mountain meadow, you will be rewarded with the gift of brilliant blooms; the result of late spring snow.

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Lake Tahoe at Its Finest – The Tahoe Rim Trail; One Trekker’s Experience

Here is one Happy Hiker’s account of his time spent on the Tahoe Rim Trail as he became a member of the “165 Mile Club”.

The Tahoe Rim Trail is waiting for you. Make 2010 the year you hike it.

Lake Tahoe at Its Finest – The Tahoe Rim Trail by Jim Mrazek, El Dorado Hills, CA

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Star Parties & Galilean Telescopes Dec 12 & 13

Galilian replica-scopeGalileo’s Dream was for everyone to own and/or look through one of his telescopes to see the wonders in the heavens that he saw.

Now, you can be part of the dream and celebrate the Galilean Telescope’s 400th anniversary with a star party at Sand Harbor State Park on December 12 and 13 provided by Space Science for Schools in Incline Village.

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Sacred Site Hike: Job’s Peak Aug 20 & Spooner Summit Aug 27

Job's PeakDid you know… Lake Tahoe is a sacred site, similar to Mount Shasta?

We always knew this place was special.

Now we can learn why it’s important – or better yet – why we’re compelled to connect with our natural landscape during two sacred site hikes in August lead by Peter Tongue.

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Self Rescue Skills @ Lover’s Leap

Learn skills you hope you NEVER have to use.

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Bela Vadasz receives AMGA Lifetime Achievement Award

He’s been doing it for 30 years.

IFMGA guide Bela Vadasz, who started Alpine Skills International located in Truckee was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA).

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Backpacking with Children Class Offered June 16-28

Have you always wanted to take the little ones backpacking but you don’t know how? If so, then this is the perfect class for you.

Tim Hauserman, in partnership with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, will be teaching a class-series on how to introduce backpacking to your children.

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Meet Climbing Legend Fred Beckey Mar 14

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Fred Beckey is an American climbing legend.

He has climbed more first ascents than any other person in history.  At age 86 he still climbs and pursues first ascents around the world.

Beckey will share his life of adventure through his photos and film on March 14th in South Shore.

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The Adventures of Bean Bowers featured @ Alpenglow Film Series, Jan 22

He’s a technical consultant for mountain films, rock climber, and an ambassador for Patagonia. Imagine what stories he has to tell.

Join Bean Bowers on January 22nd at Sawtooth Ridge for an adventure film show. It’s free too!

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High Altitude Adventures @ Sawtooth Ridge, December 11

Don’t miss this exciting night of high altitude adventures with Adrian Ballinger from Marmot and the owner of Alpenglow Expeditions on December 11.

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Fred Beckey honored at TAFF 2007

fred-becky.JPGFred Beckey is an American climbing legend.

He has climbed more first ascents than any other person in history.

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We live in a special place. A place so beautiful it nurtures the soul and creative spirit. A place so breathtaking it inspires stewardship. A mountain culture that masters the fine art of living. Welcome to this place we call home. Welcome to Lake Tahoe. Meet the local artists, individuals, businesses and events that define our unique mountain culture and embody Tahoe's creative and entrepreneurial spirit.
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