Tips to Avoiding Altitude SicknessWhile we are still enjoying all the pleasures that come with winter, minus the shoveling, we can’t help but daydream about the upcoming summer months. Great winters bring amazing summers here in the Sierra’s. But, before we dust off those kayaks and tune our bikes, we wanted to share some tips in prepping for your high-altitude summer vacation.
Studies have shown that twenty-percent of visitors visiting altitude above 5,500 ft. will experience some form of altitude sickness. Although mostly mild symptoms, nobody wants to miss out on the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe.
Give Yourself Time to Acclimate
Although some are able to hit the trails upon arrival, we recommend visitors to allow their bodies to acclimate to the high altitude before activities. If you’re not used to the altitude, take your time, enjoy some of our local restaurants and shops before joining us out on the late or on the trail.
This is one of our top priorities when taking guests out on tours. This tip should be applied for your entire vacation and especially before, during, and after any physical activity. Also remember that coffee and alcoholic drinks can affect people differently at higher altitudes. So when enjoying a cold one with dinner, remember to follow up with plenty of water before heading off to bed.
Next to staying hydrated, eating right is always important. As much as some try to ignore it, complex carbohydrates are exactly what your body needs. Apologies to Dr. Atkins, but when taking up high altitude activities, your body is begging for some complex carbohydrates like whole grains, fruits and veggies. These types of foods help your body to use oxygen more efficiently and maintain energy levels, both important for preventing altitude sickness.
Knowing your body, allowing yourself to rest, and consuming the right foods and drinks are great suggestions to preventing altitude sickness. Headaches, dizziness, loss of appetite, nausea/vomiting, fatigue or loss of energy are all symptoms.
With this said, it’s important to know that altitude sickness can strike even the healthiest of athletes. Although often very mild, don’t ignore the symptoms and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen.
(Posted 3/23/2016 by )
Spring Break in Lake TahoeWhile spring breakers flock to the beaches, visiting Lake Tahoe can be a great alternative for all demographics. Although the area has been a spring break destination for year, this time of year attracts milder crowd sizes while still boasting a multitude of activities.
After years of consecutive drought conditions, the Sierra’s have been blanketed with snow. All good news here, but perhaps best of all is the spring skiing that is quickly upon us. Some mountain enthusiasts live for powder days while others are eager for a warm, sunny, spring ski. To each his own, but their is no denying that an itinerary of spring skiing will provide a memorable break.
If not planning to take on the slopes, Tahoe delivers breathtaking view that must be devoured at any time of the year. Did we mention deck dining at local restaurants opening up? Indulging in some of the areas diverse restaurants often come with a memorable, and sometime distracting view. Some of our favorite restaurants include Gar Woods, Sunnyside and Jakes on the Lake. After fueling up, stroll through the shops of downtown Tahoe City, take in a crafting class at Truckee’s Atelier or ride the tram up to Squaw Valley’s high camp for some ice-skating.
For those looking for a little more pep in their spring break, a quick hop over the state line into Nevada will give nightlife goers a taste of the casino life and possibly win big while on vacation.
And finally, not to forget about our own offerings, Tahoe Adventure Company proudly provides outdoor activities for all seasons. Early spring activities can include scenic snowshoeing with high-altitude views. As things warm up in late spring, join us on dryer ground with fully guided hiking or biking in areas where the snow has receded.
Give us a call at (530)913-9212 to help plan you next spring break full of adventure.
(Posted 3/16/2016 by )
Experience Tahoe in Fall with a Multi-sport Adventure
With fewer crowds in this quiet time of year,our expertly curated offerings of multi-sport activities and tours are guaranteed to take the guesswork out of your experience. Select from one of our many package trips, or even create your own custom event by choosing from the activities that most appeal to you. When booking, just let us know your activity level and views you were hoping to see with in Tahoe.
As we are excited to show you Tahoe decorated with all the beautiful fall foliage, let us know how we can help your outdoor adventure cravings. Please call for more information on possible itineraries and pricing; 530-913-9212.
(Posted 10/28/2015 by )
Get Serious About Getting Outside
Why? The science is irrefutable: those who spend time outdoors are happier and healthier. Here are some of the highlights:
-Being outside can increase your quality of sleep, as natural sunlight helps to guide the body’s internal clock.
-Get your vitamins: Sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D, which has been shown to help prevent cancer, hormonal problems, obesity, and inflammation. It also strengthens the immune system. With proper SPF protection and reasonable exposure we can safely enjoy some sunshine. Plus, natural light has been proven to lift your mood—who can argue with that?
-Being outdoors invites activity: With more ways to put your body in motion, and less access to the couch and television, outside time is exercise time.
-Even as little as five minutes of time outdoors will benefit your mental health, according to the American Chemical Society's journal Environmental Science & Technology, whether you are sitting on a park bench or taking on a strenuous hike.
Sources: health.harvard.edu, sparkpeople.com
(Posted 10/6/2015 by )
Fall Kayaking on Lake Tahoe
The crowds have dispersed and Tahoe becomes a bit more quiet all around and with less boat traffic, it's almost like having the lake to yourself. Prepare to bundle up and the adventure of fall kayaking on Lake Tahoe can be quite rewarding.
Join a 2-4 day lodge to lodge kayak getaway along the West, North and East shores of Lake Tahoe. Paddle through the glassy, clear waters with early morning guided paddles spotting local wildlife and learning the unique natural and human history of this special region. By afternoon, arrive at your lakefront hotel for a hot shower, warm meal, and pure relaxation. In the afternoon you can choose to benefit from a massage, a walk along the beach, skipping stones, or simply relaxing by the pool or on the water's edge.
This excursion is geared for beginner to intermediate kayakers. On the first morning, your guide will provide comprehensive instruction on your gear, paddling technique, and self rescues. Each day is comfortably planned with approximately 7-10 miles of kayaking. Paddles will start early for idyllic weather, best wildlife viewing, mountain serenity and plenty of time to reach our destination.
For more details and the day to day itinerary, contact us now at 530.913.9212.
(Posted 9/24/2015 by )
Experience the Essence of Fall on a Hike Through the AspensFall is a extraordinary time in Tahoe, when the aspens burst with color and offer a magnificent sight to behold. The crisp Fall mornings turn to inviting warm afternoons and the best part is, the Summer crowds have dispersed, leaving behind quiet hiking trails.
Explore some of Tahoe's best hiking trails as the season changes with Tahoe Adventure Company's Fall Foliage Guided Hike. Learn about the local geology, native Washoe culture and discover the finer points of sub-alpine ecology and other unique conditions of the Tahoe Basin, all while taking in the array of Fall hues contrasted by the towering evergreens.
Fall Foliage Hike dates are September 19th and 26th and will cost $65 per person. Hike includes knowledgeable guides, natural and human history discussions, deli lunch, water and snacks. Reservations are required.. For more information or to reserve your hike, visit www.TahoeAdventureCompany.com or call 530-913-9212.
(Posted 9/2/2015 by Tiffany)
A Schedule Packed With Adventure
That's why our team of adventure experts created a wide selection of multi-sport activities and tours that are guaranteed to take the guesswork out of your planning. You can select from one of our many package trips, or even create your own custom event by choosing from the activities that most appeal to you.
Often times we hear from groups that have individuals in their group who haven't ridden a bike before and some who are season mountain bikers. No need to fret, we can help! Whether it's dividing the group by ability levels or creating a custom tour that accommodates all abilities, we are here to help sort it out with you.
You simply pick the activities and our team will take care of the rest. Tahoe Adventure Company will arrange all the details of your Customized Multisport Adventure Trip. Combine multiple activities in a single day or over 2, 3, 4 or more days. Choose from Kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Hiking, Mountain Biking and even Sailing! Please call 530-913-9212 for more information on possible itineraries and pricing.
(Posted 8/6/2015 by )
Discovering Historical TahoeThe Lake Tahoe Basin is just as rich in American cultural history, as it is in it's beautiful sights and tourist attractions. Known as one of our nation's most spectacular areas and home to the second deepest alpine lake in the nation, there is much knowledge to gain about the mountainous region.
Where did Tahoe get its name?
The Washoe tribe began inhabiting Tahoe as far back as 10,000 years ago. The name "Tahoe" comes from the Washoe word "Da ow a ga" meaning "edge of the lake."
The origin of the name is just one of the abundant facts to learn about Tahoe and surrounding areas. The story is too complex to condense into one article and we are fortunate to have organizations such as the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society to relay the information for modern day visitors and locals. Their mission is to preserve, present and interpret Lake Tahoe history.
The NLTHS hosts three museums located in Tahoe City, as well as an annual speaker series and many events throughout the Summer. Organizations such as the NLTHS allow us to deepen our knowledge of this spectacular area.
Winter Sports History
When you consider the cultural and geological history of the area, one must consider the impact winter sports has had on Tahoe's footprint in American sports history. Recreational skiing in the Sierra mountain range dates back to the 1930's.
The Lake Tahoe Ski Club hosted the 1931 Winter Olympic Tryouts at Olympic Hill, which we now call Granlibakken. Sugar Bowl Resort built the first ski lift in California. Fast-forward to the 1960's when Tahoe gained international recognition by hosting the Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley. The games were the first ever televised in Olympic history and the exposure had quite an impact on Tahoe tourism. This placed Tahoe on the map for adventure sports and Olympic athletes were born in Tahoe.
Want to learn more about Historical Tahoe?
This blog just barely begins to scratch the surface of the many layers of Tahoe history and traditions to be discovered. That's why each and every tour offered at Tahoe Adventure Company includes natural and human history facts and discussion.
Tahoe Adventure Company offers several options for enjoying Lake Tahoe's most historical sites, all while learning about the fascinating natural and human history of the area. All historical tours include, transportation, our awesome and knowledgeable guides, natural and human history discussions, bottled water and snacks. BBQ and Wine & Cheese options are available upon request.
Call to book today: 530-913-9212. Reservations are required.
(Posted 7/11/2015 by )
Hiking Season: Getting Back On Your Feet
Did you put a lot of miles on those hiking shoes/boots last season? If you think it may be time to toss out your old hiking boots, check out these tips from REI on when to replace your shoes. To avoid those pesky blisters, be sure to break your new boots in by wearing them on short walks, before setting out on a hike.
Gear we love to see in that pack: water bladder/water bottle,first aid kit, map/GPS, pocket knife, waterproof matches or lighter, wet wipes, headlamp/flashlight, portable charger, sunscreen, gloves, hat, extra layers of non-cotton clothing and energizing snacks such as energy bars or trail mix.
For those handy items that don't take up space or weigh you down, consider adding these to your pack:
• Pakems - Function and form come together in this lightweight, packable shoe., simply fold the boot down and pack them along to slip on after your hike. Whether you're getting in your car after a hike or setting up camp, these boots are ready to slip on post-hike so you can relax those hard-working feet.
• Sea to Summit Dry Bags - Because you never know if a rain storm will pop up or when you may have to cross water, dry bags keep your electronics and other useless-when-wet items dry and accessible.
• The Kilimanjaro Ascend is a compact, keychain multi-tool packed with everything from pliers to a nail file.
• The LuminAID is a handy portable light that's waterproof and can float. It charges in the sunlight, so you don't have to worry about the batteries running out. They pack much benefit, they won't pack much weight along, the lights only weigh about 3-4 ounces depending on the size you choose. The best part, if you buy a light, the company will give a light to the Nepal Earthquake Relief.
• The Hummingbird Hammock is a lightweight and small packing hammock, weighing in nearly 30% lighter than its competitors. Combined with the Ultralight Tree Straps, the hammock and straps weigh in at only 7.3 ounces. This hammock is durable and can be very reliable for those times when you need a rest by that serene lake.
Not familiar with the local trails or hiking in general? Let one of our knowledgeable guides introduce you to hiking and the local Tahoe trails. You can book right here, online or over the phone by calling 530-913-9212. Reservations required.
(Posted 6/26/2015 by )
Twelve Years Strong in the Human-Powered Sports Movement
Built around a "leave no trace" mindset, Tahoe Adventure Company guides are trained to permit high quality adventures and tours with a focus on experiencing the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains, trails, and brilliant waters of Lake Tahoe. By opting to enjoy the beauty of Lake Tahoe through human-powered sports, you are helping preserve the natural and iconic scenery of the area.
Tour with Tahoe Adventure Company under the summer sun with hiking, biking, kayaking and paddleboarding adventures. In winter, enjoy a range of snowshoeing tours from daytime trips through the Sierra's, to evening Full Moon and Astronomy Snowshoe Tours.
For more information visit TahoeAdventureCompany.com or call 530-913-9212. Reservations required.
(Posted 4/8/2015 by )
Benefits of Snowshoeing
Of course we love snowshoeing in the Sierra's because of its breathtaking views, but snowshoeing is also great for getting out and getting active. Snowshoeing is an easy and fun activity that gets you outside, moving, and warm.
For health and fitness benefits, snowshoeing is great for adventurers of all ages and athletic abilities. In fact, you can burn more calories snowshoeing than you can walking, running or cross country skiing. According to studies by Ball State University and University of Vermont, you can burn between 420-1000 calories per hour snowshoeing. These numbers are based on the pace, terrain and depth of snow.
Saying goodbye to "leg day" at the gym, snowshoeing requires you to lift your legs higher when walking making is a great muscle building activity. Beyond the muscle toning tips, snowshoeing is a low impact sport that is easy on your knees
Not to discourage those looking for a leisurely snowshoe, we like to always say, 'if you can walk, you can snowshoe.' Possibly the greatest advantage to snowshoeing being that those of all ages can enjoy, why not bring out the entire family for a trek through the snowy woods.
Join us on one of our tours through winter ranging from day trips to sunset, full moon and our very special astronomy star tours.
(Posted 2/13/2015 by Samantha )
5 Activities When Visiting Lake Tahoe During the "Shoulder-Season"Some call autumn in Lake Tahoe the "shoulder-season," but others refer to it as the "secret season." The crispness in the air breathes new life into the corridors of Lake Tahoe welcoming in bright fall colors and the eagerness for snowfall. With fewer crowds on the trails, around town, and on the road, fall in Lake Tahoe is ideal for taking in the picturesque sights before the ski season slides in. Here are just a few things to take advantage of during the in-between season when visiting Lake Tahoe.
1. Take a Hike or Bike Ride
No matter where you are staying, chances are, a hiking or biking trail is never too far. The diversity in trails offers something for every activity level and all family members. A Mountain Bike ride through the North Tahoe Single Track is great for the adventurists while the Truckee River Bike Path delivers a calm ride on a paved path with rich river views. Hikers can also take in the nearly 360degree views at the top of Martis Peak Lookout, or enter a sense of seclusion hiking into the serene meadows of Spooner Lake.
2. Shopping and Dining
For those looking for a casual stroll through the local shops and eateries, Tahoe boasts world-class restaurants paired with unique local shops. The Downtown Truckee area offers convenient shopping with divers restaurants. Just 20 minutes away on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City showcases a quaint downtown of shopping and dining accompanied by lakeside views. The South Lake Tahoe area features a multitude of conveniently located lodging option with shopping and dining within walking distance.
3. Take in A Show
Although many places shut down after dark, both north and south Lake Tahoe feature large and small on-stage lineups year-round. Live music every weekend at venues across the lake will keep you entertained well into the midnight hour.
4. Learn the Local History
Stretching across each shoreline and into outer lining towns, Lake Tahoe as we know today has been shaped by both natural and human historical events. First home to the Washoe tribe of American Indians, Lake Tahoe has been a passageway to the gold rush miners, the well-known American Pioneer group The Donner Party, and was famously written about by author Mark Twain. In addition to several 19th and 20th century palatial mansions available for tours today, the Lake Tahoe area offers a wide range of historical museums that cover the diversity of this high alpine lake.
5. Take a Scenic Drive Around the Lake
It's no wonder why Lake Tahoe has been the backdrop to multiple silver screen productions. It's organic, jaw-dropping beauty is recommended to be experienced at all angles. A day trip around the lake by car is a great way to see the area stopping at various "look-outs" and historical points.
(Posted 11/18/2014 by Samantha)
Mountain Biking in Fall can Lead to a Wheelie Good TimeIt's time to gear up for some fall mountain biking before the snow hits. Luckily, the North Lake Tahoe area alone has more than 100 trails to go round and round on. An added bonus, Lake Tahoe in fall presents trails that are still in prime condition and with fewer crowds.
Cycling through the slopes of Lake Tahoe in fall present a plethora of color from the changing leaves of the surrounding aspens. With a front row view to the fall foliage, take your pick from the diverse lineup of trails. The popular North Tahoe Single Track is great for all levels, where the hills are short and moderate while the downhills are mellow and smooth. For the more advanced riders, the well-known Flume Trail is a strenuous ride with rewarding overlooking views of Lake Tahoe. Conversely, choosing the paved path tour of the Truckee River Bike path provides a great family excursion accompanied by scenic river and foliage sites.
Changing gears a bit, mountain biking is a great human powered aerobic activity. Depending on the speed and terrain of your ride, biking can be a great outdoor activity burning anywhere between 10 and 16 calories a minute. Mountain Biking also leads to increased muscle strength and cardiovascular improvements.
If you're not familiar with the local trails, let one of our knowledgeable guides introduce you to Lake Tahoe's Fall Mountain Biking before winter moves in. All gear as well as a delicious lunch is provided through every Tahoe Adventure Company Mountain Bike Tour. Visit our site or give us a call to learn more about how you can escape reality with a guided bike tour through Tahoe's beautiful fall foliage before the snow falls.
(Posted 11/7/2014 by Samantha )
Explore the Fall Foliage Around Lake Tahoe
The Lake Tahoe area delivers diversity in its marked biking trails, many ideal for enjoying the fall foliage. The Truckee River Bike Path extends from Tahoe City through Squaw Valley, snaking along the scenic Truckee River. The paved bike path is perfect for a leisurely bike ride for all ages with exquisite views of the changing aspen leaves.
Kicking it up a notch, the North Tahoe Single Track offers classic views as you peddle through a large network of mellow, rolling dirt roads. The trail takes you deep into aspen groves presenting punches of golden yellows with a feeling of seclusion.
For those advanced riders, there's no replacing the scenery from above at 7,500 ft on the Lake Tahoe Flume Trail. With beautiful aerial overlooks of Lake Tahoe, the panoramic sights from the top of intermixing fall foliage with evergreens deliver a rewarding prize for this strenuous mountain bike tour.
For those opting to take in the Lake Tahoe fall foliage by foot, a hiking trail is never too far from where you are staying. Spooner Lake located on the east shore is great for escaping into the woods surrounded by year-round scenic sights that are only heighted with beauty by the changing fall colors of the surrounding aspens. Alternatively, hiking Shirley Lake near Squaw Valley will take you on a journey over granite boulders offset by sparks of the fall leaves scattered throughout.
As Lake Tahoe plays host to scenic views and seemingly endless ways of enjoying them, Tahoe Adventure Company takes prides in offering human-powered adventures that are sure to leave a lasting impression. Visit us online or give us a call to learn how you can enjoy Lake Tahoe's fall by taking a tour with us.
(Posted 10/31/2014 by Samantha)
Fall is a Great Time to Experience Lake TahoeWhile Lake Tahoe is known for its summer and winter adventures, the fall is the area's secret season. The crowds have dispersed and the trails have calmed, but the breathtaking views of the area have remained the same.
The waters may be a bit brisk and the air a bit crisp, but bundle up and the adventure of fall Kayaking on Lake Tahoe can be quite rewarding. The shores offer pops of fall colored foliage while the waters are calmer with less boat traffic.
Lake Tahoe boasts some of the most picturesque biking trails with options for all skill levels. The scenic Flume Trail is great for advanced riders looking to be challenged while single tracks on the North Shore offer an escape into the woods adorned with the blazing fall foliage. For those novice riders looking for a biking tour of the Lake Tahoe area, the Truckee River Bike Path is a also a great alternative, snaking along the river lined with the changing leaves of surrounding aspens.
If you opt to experience the area by foot, many Lake Tahoe hiking trails feature a whole new take on the iconic views. Gorgeous evergreens and pops of fiery aspens lining the tails showcase new scenic sights. No matter where you are staying in the Tahoe area, a hiking trail is never too far away. Not to mention, the area doesn't just offer a variety of trails, but a variety of sights as well ranging from alpine and panoramic Lake Tahoe views, as well as lush aspen groves giving a sense of seclusion.
Ready to experience Lake Tahoe in fall? Give us a call or visit our site to see the many available adventures in the area.
(Posted 9/29/2014 by Samantha)
Truckee River Legacy Trail Phase 3BIn 2012, the Town of Truckee took charge to update the Truckee Trails and Bikeways Master Plan and is now moving closer to the completion of the Truckee River Legacy Trail. The master plan provided guidelines to developing over 130 miles of trails and bikeways within the Town. When completed, the Truckee River Legacy Trail will connect Donner Memorial State Park to the Glenshire neighborhood with the majority of the path running parallel to the scenic Truckee River.
August 8 marks the celebration of the completed paved bike path, phase 3B. Picking up where the previous phase 3A left off, phase 3B will connect the Riverview Sports Park to the Glenshire subdivision. To celebrate the finalizing of this phase, the Town of Truckee will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration on August 8 at 4pm. The celebration will involve bike riding, bike decorating contests, booths and loads of community fun.
Naturally, Tahoe Adventure Company could not be more excited about the completion of the Truckee River Legacy Trial paved bike path. For more information on the celebrations and master plan, visit the Town of Truckee site.
(Posted 8/6/2014 by Samantha)
Thunderbird Lodge Yacht in Need of Repairs - How You Can Help
Low water levels on Lake Tahoe and a damaged engine have put the glamorous speedboat out of commission until the 2015 summer season. To get the beauty back out on the water, the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society will be need to raise $250,000 to repair the twin Allison aircraft engines.
Custom built in 1939 for the real estate mogul George Whittell Jr., the "Thunderbird" boasts two 1,100 horse power Allison engines — a type of engine used in WWII fighter planes — under its Honduran mahogany and stainless steel paneling. On the "Thunderbirds" final cruise of summer 2013, the engines started to make unusual noises which then resulted in scored cylinder walls, pitted crankshaft bearings and fragmented piston rings.
The Preservation Society fortunately has two spare Allison engines in storage but will need to be completely disassembled, inspected, and rebuilt before they can be reconfigured and installed into the gleaming boat. The total cost of this endeavor along with paying for the repairs for the damaged engines will total around $250,000. Two generous donations totaling $75,000 have put the repair underway as the Preservation Society hopes to have the yacht back on the water by 2015, when it turns 75.
Our Thunderbird Lodge Kayak Tour running every Tuesday throughout the summer is a great way to help support the Lodge and raise funding. This adventure includes a brief paddle to the Lodge from beautiful Sand Harbor leading into an hour walking tour of the Whittell Estate, before having lunch on the beach and paddling back to Sand Harbor. A $39 donation will be made to the Preservation Society from our Thunderbird Lodge Kayak Tour whish will help support the repairs of the classic "Thunderbird" yacht.
Click here to help make a donation directly to the Lodge, to help get the Thunderbird yacht back out on the waters.
(Posted 6/30/2014 by Samantha)
The Basics of Mountain Biking
One of the most important things to mountain biking is staying relaxed as it is very easy to lock up your elbows and white knuckle it down the trail. The adventure will be far more enjoyable and your body will be more forgiving afterword if you can remember to stay loose and bend your elbows and knees.
Going Up Hill
Notes to remember when peddling up hill is to shift into a lower gear, stay seated to avoid sliding out, lean forward to help weight the front end, and keep peddling as the slower you go through certain sections, the harder you will work.
Going Down Hill
When cycling downhill remember to shift up into a higher gear, stay loose, rise above the seat and keep pedals parallel to the ground with your front foot slightly higher.
Remaining focused is key while keeping an eye out for rocks, holes, bumps, sticks and any other such obstacles. Additionally, steer with your body and allow your shoulders to guide you through the trail.
With these tips, the most important thing to remember is to have fun and enjoy the ride. Literally. For more information on available mountain biking trails and tours visit our site or give us a call. All tours will be led by our knowledgeable team of guides and can be customized to fit all levels of bikers.
(Posted 6/22/2014 by Samantha)
Tahoe Truckee Mountain Biking is ONWell, after another mild winter, many trails in the Tahoe Truckee area are clear and mountain biking season is in full swing. Many a local can be seen with a Stand Up Paddleboard, Mountain Bike AND a pair of skis or board on their roof! Spring is a special time in Tahoe and Truckee with 2 and 3 sport days very doable and common. Many of our guests are taking advantage and booking Multisport Adventures with us. Kayak or SUP in the morning and enjoy a guided mountain bike tour or hiking trip in the afternoon. With some moisture arriving this weekend, it looks like one more powder day (at least) may be in our future followed by some great mountain biking conditions after the dirt soaks it up.
If you are not familiar with local trails or are new to mountain biking, one of our knowledgeable guides will be happy to introduce you to the area, provide the gear, and even your lunch! Check out our Guided Mountain Biking and Multisport Adventure offerings here
Feel free to call us too at 530-913-9212.
(Posted 4/24/2014 by Kevin)
6 Key Items for Winter Adventure in Tahoe1. Quick drying layers: "Long Underwear" pants and two or more tops, depending on the weather and time of day. There are a myriad of quick drying fabric blends out there, both natural and synthetic, but they can be broadly identified by the keywords "wicking" and "fast-drying." These fabrics will keep you warm and dry, where your cotton t-shirt absorbs sweat and can leave you in an uncomfortable and possibly dangerous situation as it hinders your body's ability to retain heat.
2. Waterproof outer layers: Especially if the forecast is calling for precipitation, quality waterproof jacket and pants are a godsend. When it comes to waterproof materials, many brands claim it, but few stand up to the true test (Sun-wet Sierra Nevada snow will separate the best from the rest). Although it usually requires a healthy investment, Gore-Tex not only keeps you completely dry but also breathes out moisture created by your body. A shell layer combined with quick dry base layer(s) will do perfectly for rigorous day time activity. Go for an insulated version if you are prone to chill or aren't planning on working up a sweat.
3. Sun protection. Statistics vary but there is no arguing that the sun shines in Tahoe, a LOT. At high elevation, with surrounding snow serving as a skin-searing mirror, sunscreen is a must. Lip balm with sunscreen is crucial as well.
4. Refillable water bottle or a camelback.
5. High energy snacks: Even if you are planning a short snowshoe jaunt, be prepared with pack-friendly snacks like nuts, fruit or the dutiful Clif Bar. Winter activities can be surprisingly taxing because of the extra resistance that snow creates, so bringing along a simple refuel can really save the day.
6. Sturdy waterproof boots: Even if your favorite activity calls for different footwear, getting from here to there in snowy conditions is best done with a good pair of boots. The higher the cuff, the more protection you will get from powdery snow getting into your socks. Insulated boots will keep feet warm even when the car hasn't warmed up yet, and sturdy soles and tread will help maintain a safe footing. If you are planning on doing any snowshoeing, opt for a boot with a grippy shelf-like protrusion at the heel to keep the heel strap from slipping off.
(Posted 11/26/2013 by Liesl)
Tips for Winter Travel in Lake Tahoe
• Plan ahead. There is much more to a Tahoe visit than the roof over your head! Make reservations at a great local restaurant, get tickets to a concert or book an activity ahead of time. You'll have some great highlights to look forward to and the legwork will be done by the time you head out. Check out the North Shore Events Calendar for great ideas.
• Drive Safely. Check in with the California Department of Transportation ahead of time for road conditions and chain controls. They have a website, app and phone line. Depending on weather conditions, Tahoe roads can be slippery, slow and at times, impassable. Be sure your vehicle is prepared for the journey with necessary items like tire chains, scraper, shovel, flashlight, and a full tank of gas. Purchase and learn the use of tire chains in advance of your trip to save you time, money and stress on the road. Arriving safely is the most important thing!
• Try a mid-week visit. Reduced rates, peaceful roads and uncrowded recreation will reward those who can get away mid-week. The vibe is still plenty boisterous for those looking for nightlife, with live music and mid-week happy hour deals that draw a fun crowd.
• Don't drink and drive! Tahoe Area Regional Transit offers a free Night Rider bus serving North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. Taxi services are also available.
• Try something new! Get away into the peaceful forest on a Sunset Snowshoe Tour. See a standup comedy show. Plan a special appetizer for your traveling companions. The sky is the limit!
(Posted 11/13/2013 by Liesl)
• Snowshoeing is an incredible workout, burning 400-1000 calories an hour. A quick, high intensity jaunt before or after work is a great cure for the winter fitness lull.
• No pricey pass necessary! Find a snow-covered park or golf course or head out on your favorite trail. Be observant of posted signs and private property.
• Equipment is relatively inexpensive and easy to use. Shoes and poles can often be purchased as a package. Talk to your retailer about what types of terrain you will be tackling.
• Snowshoeing presents few safety hazards compared to its winter counterparts. Be careful of your footing, prepare properly, and be knowledgeable of avalanche hazards before heading into the backcountry.
• As a low-impact activity that is easy on joints, snowshoeing is truly a lifelong sport.
• Fido can come along!
• Snowshoeing can be great social time with friends and family, or provide welcome solitude during the hectic holiday season.
• Being outdoors provides numerous health and psychological benefits, and is a great way to enjoy your natural surroundings.
• Anyone can do it: if you can walk, you can snowshoe!
Incorporate Lake Tahoe history, knowledgeable instruction and navigation, equipment and a delicious lunch into your snowshoe experience with a professionally guided snowshoe tour. Sunset, Full Moon and Star Gazing Tours offer a unique setting for Lake Tahoe exploration as well as an opportunity to learn more about the skies above.
(Posted 11/6/2013 by Liesl)
18th Annual Truckee River Day
(Posted 10/17/2013 by Liesl)
Lake Tahoe Fall Foliage
Curious about what really causes the leaves to change colors? Blake Engelhardt, botanist with the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, told Lake Tahoe News: "During the summer growing season, the leaves are constantly producing chlorophyll which gives them their green color. In the fall, longer nights trigger the formation of the abscission layer. This is essentially a thickened layer of cells at the base of the leaf where it attaches to the stem that blocks the transport of water and sugar into the leaf. Thin deciduous leaves won't survive the freezing temperatures of winter, so there's no reason to keep feeding them. Once chlorophyll synthesis stops, the green quickly disappears and other more persistent pigments become visible yellows, reds, purples. If the growing season is particularly dry, the abscission layer can form sooner and the leaves may turn color earlier or drop before a very brilliant display." Foliage season is difficult to predict in terms of length, as unexpected frosts cause leaves to drop quickly, so don't wait to get out there to enjoy it! To get a deeper look in the ecology and history of Lake Tahoe, join us for a guided hiking adventure. Hiking is a great way to get outside during these crisp fall days, and of course it maximizes your view of the gorgeous regional landscape!
(Posted 10/3/2013 by Liesl)
Deals on Paddle Gear
(Posted 9/19/2013 by Liesl)
The Secret Season is Upon Us
Get Out on the Water
Before we know it the lake will get that look about it, you know, the one that gets the teeth chattering even if you are bundled up and inside. Take advantage of the warm end of the summer sun and get out on the lake while it's still nice! Whether it's a stand up paddleboard adventure with the whole family, or a kayak excursion on the glassy lake, make sure you make time for some end of the season exploring on the lake!
With a few more dates for upcoming full moon and star gazing kayak tours, make sure to hop on a galactic adventure while it's still possible!
There is only one more date for getting out on a kayak and viewing the splendor of a Lake Tahoe night sky from the middle of the lake. Join in on the fun and learn about the glorious sky on Sept 7.
The full moon shining down on the calm waters of Lake Tahoe might be one of the most spectacular sights, and it is even better on a kayak! With one more summer full moon tour left, don't miss out on this opportunity to see the sky from a different perspective. The last chance to see this spectacular sight is Sept 19.
Explore on Land
From mountain biking to rock climbing, the Secret Season is the perfect time to plan those last minute summer adventures. With winter weather just around the corner, Lake Tahoe visitors and locals should be getting out in the summer sun while it's still around. Try your hand at rock climbing, or explore Lake Tahoe on mountain bike.
With so many outdoor things to do in Lake Tahoe, the Secret Season provides the perfect amount of everything: sunshine, time off, and opportunity for adventure! So grab your kids, your sweetheart, your grandma or your dog and get outside to enjoy the lasting warm weather and quiet end of the summer season in Lake Tahoe!
(Posted 8/22/2013 by Lindsey Skinner )
Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe PartnershipThe Tahoe Adventure Company has grown immensely since its quaint beginnings ten years ago. Owner, Kevin Hickey went out on a limb ten years ago with a few kayaks and a passion for showing people the beauty and history of Lake Tahoe. Over the years the business has flourished. They now offer a variety of tours on the lake as well as around the Tahoe Basin. The wide array of tours can accommodate folks who are looking for their first outdoor adventure as well as those seasoned veterans to the outdoors. In addition to all the great tours they have a wonderful beachfront rental location at the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area. Here they offer both stand-up paddle board and kayak rentals. This summer they have made another huge stride by fostering a partnership with the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe. It is an honor to partner with a company that has a worldwide reach. If you are planning to stay at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe during your visit you will be able to take advantage of our daily trip offerings as well as a weekly stand-up paddle board demo in the backyard of the property. Check us out at http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/LakeTahoe/SummerRecreation/Default.htm
(Posted 8/20/2013 by Sarah Scott)
Astronomy Kayak Tour & Perseid Meteor Shower
(Posted 8/10/2013 by Sarah Scott)
Tips for a Stress-free Trip to TahoeLake Tahoe is a hot summer spot that promises summer fun for the whole family, but before you throw all your swim suits into your suitcase and hop on a flight to Tahoe, check out these top tips for a lake vacation free of stress, altitude sickness, and sun burns!
Prepare for the High Altitudes
Some spots in Tahoe can reach 10,000 feet, and if your body's not used to it, you could be in for a big unpleasant surprise! High altitudes can cause altitude sickness, which often include symptoms such as nausea, shortness of breath, dizziness, and fatigue. To ward off potential uncomfortableness, pack nasal spray, moisturizer, and plenty of water.
Because of those high altitudes, and the fact that you're most likely engaging in physical activity while in Tahoe, focus on staying hydrated. And we mean with water! Be careful if you plan on drinking alcohol in Tahoe because the alcohol can have a stronger effect on those drinking cocktails at high elevations.
Slather on Sunscreen
You should always wear sunscreen to protect your skin, but be especially diligent about it in Lake Tahoe. The lake is situated in the mountains, which can make you more susceptible to the sun, so apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to avoid roasting like a lobster while on your vacation!
You might need nothing more than a bikini or swimming trunks during the warm summer days in Tahoe, but temperatures certainly drop at night. Pack a jacket or sweater, along with a pair of pants, to keep you warm in the case the evenings turn chilly.
Bring Your GPS
The locals mentally break up Lake Tahoe into several different areas, including the North Shore, Incline Village, and the South Shore. While it's possible to drive around the lake, map out your trip and destinations ahead of time to avoid any backtracking.
Brace Yourself for the Crowds
Lake Tahoe is an undeniably popular tourist destination especially in the summer months, so prepare yourself for the crowds. Book your hotel far in advance to ensure you receive your top pick, and the same goes for tours and restaurant reservations. Secure a spot at these popular locations ahead of time for a stress-free trip.
Check out the Tours
Why risk the chance of getting lost or missing out on a must-see attraction? Book a Tahoe tour with a guide and experience the scenery by air, land, and water! Witness the beauty of Lake Tahoe from up in the air in a helicopter, or take to the waters on kayaks, jet skis, and fishing charters. There's also numerous grounds tours such as hiking and mountain biking, where you can find some of the best sightseeing spots in the area. For multisport tours, book with Tahoe Adventure Company for your choice of exciting "human-powered" activities such as kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, paddle boarding, and backpacking!
(Posted 7/18/2013 by Chloe Mulliner)
Tahoe Adventure Company Celebrates its 10th Anniversary!
Tahoe Adventure Company invites you to celebrate 10 years with us this summer! Keep an eye on our "Anniversary Specials" page for great discounts. Contact us to plan a tour that will enrich your Lake Tahoe experience, whether you are a longtime resident or are visiting just for one day!
(Posted 6/24/2013 by Liesl)
Mountain Biking is Open for the Season
Mountain biking is an incredible way to explore the landscape. Last weekend I was pleased to find the Emigrant trail in great condition with wild shrubs and flowers blooming! As we closed in on the Stampede Reservoir the trail became increasingly narrow with obstructed views-tons of fun to ride but potentially dangerous for two way traffic. We had to stay alert and make sure that others knew we were on the trail, yielding to riders coming up hill.
If you don't have the equipment for a mountain biking adventure or you are looking for a knowledgeable guide to introduce you to the area, check out our Mountain Biking offerings here
Feel free to give us a call, too, at 530-913-9212.
*The Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association (TAMBA) website provides weekly updates on trail conditions: TAMBA
(Posted 5/3/2013 by Liesl)
Fall Mountain Biking and Hiking ToursPeople often ask us about the best time to visit Lake Tahoe. We normally answer that anytime you can get here is the best time! However, if you are able to visit the Truckee Tahoe area in September, you will experience the best season for adventures of all sorts. Kayaking, paddle boarding and other water sport activities are still in full swing. Mountain biking and hiking trails are clear. The fall colors are starting to emerge and you just may have your chosen hike or mountain bike ride to yourself. So, anytime is a great time to visit the Truckee Tahoe area as there are endless activities and things to do, year round. If you are looking for a local to show you around, check out one of our custom guided Mountain Biking, Hiking or Multisport adventure tours and experience the best of Fall in Tahoe!
Please visit TahoeAdventureCompany.com for detailed information or call 530-913-9212.
(Posted 9/24/2012 by kevin)
Tahoe Adventure Company and Gar Woods Grill and Pier have teamed up!Tahoe Adventure Company and Gar Woods have teamed up for an exciting Kayak and Lake Front Dining experience! Join TAC as we launch from our Tahoe Vista beach location and head to Gar Woods Grill and Pier for a special price-fixed lunch. Enjoy lunch on Gar Woods famous pier with a refreshing beverage before starting your fantastic journey in the sun back to Tahoe Vista. Our kayak tours cover comprehensive paddling instruction, and allow our guests to experience the area from the unique perspective of a kayak. We point out ecology, geology, and natural and human history along the way. Click TahoeAdventureCompany.com for detailed information or call 530-913-9212.
(Posted 9/13/2012 by kevin)
Truckee Land Trust Protects Royal GorgeThe Truckee Land Trust to protect the Royal Gorge! Royal Gorge and its 3,000 acres of magnificent meadows, peaks, forests, streams and lakes are now be in the hands of the Truckee Land Trust who have made the preservation of this land a number one priority. Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing Trails abound in this High Sierra playground.
Please donate to the Truckee Land Trust to assist in the conservation of this property. Thousands of acres of important Sierra habitat and trails for hiking, biking, and winter activities will now be protected!
(Posted 9/2/2012 by kevin)
Truckee Tahoe Mountain Bike ToursTahoe Adventure Company (TAC) offers many custom Mountain Biking tours throughout the Tahoe basin and Truckee. The greater Tahoe area has trails with amazing views and brilliant history for all ages and abilities.
This season, TAC is introducing the Truckee Historical Bike Ride. This ride starts off in downtown Truckee, highlighting the wild west stories of the town. Riding along the Truckee River, bikers will learn about the significance the railroad and river served in the development of Truckee and food transport in America. Remnants of old settlements along the river are still visible. This ride is great for the whole family.
Tahoe Adventure Company plans custom bike trips that showcase Tahoe's beautiful scenery and impressive trails. Whether a beginner or experienced biker, TAC will organize a challenging and exhilarating ride. Their professional and knowledgeable guides offer biking tips as well as discussions about the local natural and human history.
TAC holds extensive permits for various trails throughout the Tahoe basin and Truckee. Trails range from a mellow ride along the river to technical trails for the seasoned rider.
Combine your mountain biking adventure with a morning kayak, hike or an afternoon sail on Lake Tahoe. Multi-sport options are endless and are a great way to see the Tahoe/Truckee area from different perspectives. Tours include all gear, professional guide, natural and human history discussions, permit fees, deli lunch and cold beverages.
Visit Tahoe Adventure Company on Facebook and TWITTER for the latest deals, specials and trip information.
For more information about adventure tours, rentals, and sales, Please visit TahoeAdventureCompany.com for detailed information or call 530-913-9212. Tahoe Adventure Company is located at 10200 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.
(Posted 9/1/2012 by kevin)
Full Moon Kayak with Tahoe Adventure CompanyTahoe Adventure Company supplies full-moon fun and adventures. Join us every full-moon throughout the summer for a full moon kayak adventure. A perfect way to relax as the day draws to an end. Witness the full-moon rise above the sierras only to cast her spell on the waters of Lake Tahoe. A magical and unforgettable experience. Great for all ages and abilities! Join Tahoe Adventure Company, August 31 for your next full moon adventure! Please view TahoeAdventureCompany.com for detailed information.
(Posted 8/22/2012 by kevin)
Paddle Surfing - What's all the Hype?Paddle surfing combines the tranquility of paddling, the thrill of surfing and the excitement of sailing into one sport that is taking the industry by storm. It's the ultimate aerobic workout and easy to learn. It's fun for the whole family, and its affordable.
Paddle surfing has long been a part of Hawaiian culture, and its popularity is now spreading around the world. You can paddle anywhere there's water Oceans, lakes, rivers or ponds. Anyone can learn and take it to whatever level they choose. The simple rhythm of the paddle stroke makes it easy to forget the day's stress, and before you know it your strength and endurance have improved a lot.
Learn more about our $55 DISCOVER SUP Tours!
(Posted 7/23/2012 by kevin)
Geotourism in Tahoe TruckeeTahoe Adventure Company is proud to partner with the Sierra Business Council and the Geotourism project. Geotourism is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place - its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its residents. Geotourism helps travelers to tread lightly and enjoy a locale's sense of place. Tahoe Adventure Company is honored to provide awesome high sierra adventures and activities for all levels and abilities. Our programs are designed for guests and locals to experience all that Tahoe/Truckee has to offer. Soak up the outdoor splendor by land and water.
Tahoe Adventure Company offers a special gift for those who donate to the Geotourism project. Make a donation of $35.00 and above and receive a 2 for 1 Kayak or SUP rental coupon two hours.
(Posted 7/17/2012 by kevin)