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

Alpenglow Mountain Winter Festival

LT Snow Bike Challenge at Alpen Glow Backcountry biking.com phtoto

Driven by fun, community, health, education and the embodiment of the mountain lifestyle, the Alpenglow Mountain Winter Festival held each February in North Lake Tahoe is a celebration of human-powered mountain sports, events, clinics, equipment demonstrations, critically-acclaimed film and more. Geared toward beginner and intermediate winter recreation enthusiasts, the festival will showcase some of the best activities Lake Tahoe has to offer – Nordic skiing, backcountry skiing and splitboarding, snowshoeing and natural history events.

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Hilaree O’Neill at Squaw

Hilaree Nelson O’NeillJoin professional ski mountaineer, Hilaree Nelson O’Neill, on February 8th at Olympic Valley Lodge at 7pm, as she recounts the wildest and most daring winter of her life.  O’Neill will share his experiences at this free event as part of the Alpenglow Winter Speaker Series.  read more →

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Volunteer for Bald Eagle Count

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 annual Mid-winter Bald Eagle Count. 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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Tahoe Adventure Film Festival Dec 9 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 9, 2017  in South Shore at MontBleu.

Designed to capture the intensity and passion of adventure and Tahoe mountain culture, the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival showcases breathtaking video footage of adventure thrill seekers as they ski, bike, jump, climb and surf the world. The fifteenth annual coveted Golden Camalot award will go to South Shore local Olympian Jamie Anderson. See you there!

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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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Reel Rock Film Tour at LTCC Nov 15

Chris SharmaWhen you see these elite climbers in action, you get a taste of their endless pursuit of adventure. Tahoe Adventure Film Festival presents the 12th year of Reel Rock Film Tour at Lake Tahoe Community College Duke Theatre on November 15, 2017.

 

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Dave Nettle kicks off Alpenglow Winter Films Nov 16

Dave NettleClimbing isn’t just an activity for Dave. It defines who he is.

On November 16, at 7pm local hero Dave Nettle will kick off the Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series at Squaw Valley’s world-famous Olympic Village Lodge with his show “Double Trouble: A World Traveler’s Quest for the Vertical World.”

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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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Meyers Climbing Festival & Bouldering Competition

The Annual Climbing Festival & Bouldering Competition in Meyers takes place every September.

Celebrate Tahoe’s beauty and athleticism by playing on our Sierra Nevada granite that is the bedrock of Tahoe mountain culture.

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Free Guided Hikes on the Tahoe Rim Trail

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

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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Self Rescue Skills @ Lover’s Leap

Learn skills you hope you NEVER have to use.

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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.

If you see them hitchhiking, please give them a ride to the PCT trailhead.  They really really want to get back out there.

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Lake Tahoe Bird Festival

LTBF scope at observation platformFlock to Taylor Creek Visitor Center for the annual Lake Tahoe Bird Festival in June.

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

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Alpenglow Mountain Festival

Tahoe Rim Trail Tahoe Culture

Alpenglow Mountain Festival in the summer is a celebration of human-powered events, clinics, presentations and more.

Geared for toward the beginner and intermediate mountain sports enthusiasts, the Alpenglow Mountain Festival will showcase some of the best activities Lake Tahoe has to offer including trail running, hiking, yoga, standup paddleboarding, rock climbing and natural history events.

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Look. Up in the sky! It’s a Pelican! A Pelican?

You may have seen them lately because they’re only here in the Spring.

Big white birds, flying in perfect formation high in the sky. Lake Tahoe is in the migratory path of pelicans headed for Pyramid Lake, Nevada.

These pelicans are quite large, often mistaken for geese. Look again.

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New Backcountry Beacon Basin opens in Meyers

Beacon Basin PracticeA Beacon Basin for avalanche transceiver practice and training is now open at the Lake Valley Fire Protection District (LVFPD) station in Meyers. As more people are getting out in the Tahoe backcountry, there is an increased need for individuals to learn how to use their avalanche safety equipment. The Beacon Basin is open Thursday through Sunday throughout the winter months.

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Tahoe Rim Trail Snowshoe Hikes

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association is offering free guided snowshoe treks along the famous trail that winds 165 miles around Lake Tahoe. From enchanting forests to mesmerizing vistas and towering peaks, it’s no wonder everyone loves this trail.  These snowshoe hikes are great for all abilities (shorter hikes are appropriate for kids). Discover this fun and easy way to exercise and socialize during the winter months in Lake Tahoe.

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Ice Skating at Tahoe

Caples Lake Ice SkatingRarely can you skate on Caples Lake. But the Xmas Valley/Kirkwood crew has been getting it all over Lake Tahoe lately.

The gang has been taking advantage of the cold temps skating at Echo, Kirkwood, Woods and Caples lakes.  Truly a rare occasion in Tahoe to be able to skate in the middle of these mountain gems.

For those of you still jonesing to ice skate, head to Squaw’s High Camp, the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Center, Northstar-at-Tahoe or the Heavenly Village.

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So Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count

The South Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 17th, will be held 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 at Cove East.

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Andrew McLean Dec 8 at Sawtooth Ridge

Andrew McLean by Jay BeyerHis passion for ski mountaineering was cause for being voted as one of the “Greatest Skiers of Our Time” by Powder Magazine and a featured segment in the Sony Classic Pictures film entitled “Steep.”

Andrew McLean has been pursuing steep skiing challenges in remote locations for over two decades and has accumulated over 100 first descents.  He’ll be the featured speaker at the AlpenGlow Sports Winter Films event on December 8, 2011.

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Taylor Creek Ablaze with Color and Wildlife

This is truly one of Lake Tahoe’s finest hours.

If you haven’t been to Taylor Creek in South Lake Tahoe to watch the running of the Kokanee salmon, bears fishing and birds soaring below Mount Tallac, you’re missing one of nature’s most spectacular events.

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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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Native American Film Series

A well known Yosemite climber and speaker, three movies and a Native American storyteller will be featured this fall supporting the popular One Book, One Campus program. The program that began in 2009 continues this year with the reading selection Flight by Native American author Sherman Alexie. The film series begins August 30 and runs through October 4, 2011. All programs are free and open to the public.

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“A Return to Pakistan” by Todd Offenbacher

“A Return to Pakistan” by Todd Offenbacher recounts an amazing tale of a climbing epic that includes a broken leg at 5,500 meters, natural disasters, Taliban road blocks, and a mountain culture based on religion, honor, and respect.

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Climbing at Donner Summit

Donner Summit Climbing Protected

Touch and Go, Hungover Hangover, Rat’s Tooth, Empty Sky, Rhythm Killer, Pinball Junkie, Inner Recess, Rambo Crack, Space Invaders, and Bourbon Street.

These are the epic climbing routes at Donner Summit.

To protect nesting peregrine falcons, the Access Fund and the Truckee Donner Land Trust closed several popular climbing routes on Black Wall and Road Cut. Now that the baby falcons have left the nest, the routes are all now open. A big thanks to the climbing community for respecting the closure!

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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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Birding Hot Spots

Spring Birding Hot Spots in South Tahoe Area

by Sue Stevenson, South Shore artist and avid birder

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Wildflowers at Winnemucca Lake & Round Top

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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Alpine Sierra Trailblazer features Hope Valley Rim Trail and Markleeville

Alpine Sierra Trailblazer book Tahoe CultureThis 25th Anniversary (seventh) edition of Alpine Sierra Trailblazer includes the new Hope Valley Rim Trail, a 33-mile route that takes in all the streams, rivers and passes around the Sierra’s most pristine meadowlands. A historic tour of Markleeville joins five other new trailheads, dozens of fresh photographs, and a new color insert in this completely revised and updated 2016 edition.

Trailblazer also directs adventurers to the Yosemite High Country, all around Lake Tahoe, Grover Hot Springs, Carson Pass, Monitor Pass, Carson River, Wolf Creek, Ebbetts Pass, Bear Valley, Kirkwood, Mokelumne River, plus Desolation Wilderness, Sonora Pass, Bodie, Mono Lake, Tioga Pass.  Available at Sorensen’s Resort.

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Native Species Festival Taylor Creek

Learn about native plants, birds and animals at the Native Species Festival presented by the USFS in June 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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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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The Push, A South Pole Adventure for Adaptive Athletes

It’s a first for adaptive athletes who literally pushed the limits and themselves. Grant Korgan, lead by Tal Fletcher and Doug Stoup, made it to the South Pole on January 17, 2012 on the 100-year anniversary when Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova expedition reached the earth’s most remote spot.

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Iconic American Climber Lynn Hill at Squaw

Lynn Hill Iconic Climber at SquawOn Thursday, March 12, 2015 iconic climber Lynn Hill will be the featured presenter at the Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series at Squaw Valley’s Olympic Village Lodge.

Hill is acknowledged as one of the most accomplished rock climber in the world. Having learned to climb in southern California in 1975, Lynn was part of a cutting-edge generation of free climbers known as the “Stone Masters”. In 1983, Lynn moved to upstate New York and continued to raise the standards in free climbing, as well as in arena of international climbing competitions.
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World Famous Climber Emily Harrington at Squaw

Emily Harrington Alpenglow Winter SeriesOn Thursday, February 12th, 2015 North Face athlete and world-famous climber Emily Harrington will be the featured presenter at the Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series at Squaw Valley’s Olympic Village Lodge.

Harrington is a professional rock climber and adventurer who has been a prominent and leading figure in the climbing community since she was a teenager. She is perhaps best known for her five-time National Championships, two-time North American Championships, and numerous podiums on World Cup circuit. read more →

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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 conservation. 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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