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#HowDoYouTahoe presents The Mind, Heart and Soles Of Thru-Hikers

Meet speed hiker Liz Thomas at #HowDoYouTahoe's June 17 event at Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee.
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“The Mind, Heart and Soles of Thru-Hikers,” presented by Tahoe Trips and Trails and the Pacific Crest Trail Association at The Cedar House Sport Hotel from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17 will feature a humorous and inspiring film followed by an even more dynamic presentation by Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers.

“I am curious about the mental challenge taken on by people who dedicate five months or more to the ultimate endurance hikes,” explains Patty Baird, owner of Tahoe Trips and Trails, the adventure guiding company based out of Truckee’s Cedar House Sport Hotel.

What’s the underlying impetus that inspires people to head out for a 2,680-mile hike — or any significant outdoor adventure? How do you mentally and physically prepare to hike up to and more than 20 miles in one day — possibly day after day? What’s behind trail names like Snorkel, Lights Out Larry, Chops, Trauma and Why Not? Discover this and more during the #HowDoYouTahoe speaker event.

“We all get the most out of big outdoor adventures, when we are physically fit and prepared for the challenge,” said Baird, who thrives on providing outdoor experiences that tap into the spirit of adventure.

Each of the panelists in “The Mind, Heart and Soles of Thru-Hikers” will share personal anecdotes, insights and just enough information to inspire attendees with the spirit of adventure.

For example, Speed hiker Liz Thomas has completed the “Triple Crown of Hiking” — the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. Thomas, a well-traveled adventure athlete most known for breaking the women’s unsupported speed record on the Appalachian Trail (2011), has backpacked over 10,000 miles and is known for hiking light and fast. In addition to hiking, Liz earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship for her research on long distance trails, conservation and trail town communities.

If her name sounds familiar, it may be because you’ve read about Thomas in Backpacker Magazine or The Wall Street Journal. Also hear awesome tales from triple crowners Justin Lichter and Nancy Huber and author Larry Hillberg from KVMR.

Proceeds from the $20 ticket sales will be donated to the Pacific Crest Trail Association, an organization focused on preserving, protecting and promoting the PCT. Everyone who purchases tickets in advance will be entered into a drawing for dinner for two at Stella (value: $200). For more information and tickets, visit the Tahoe Teasers tab at TahoeTrips.com. For more information call 800-581-4453

Follow the “#HowDoYouTahoe” campaign at Facebook.com/TahoeTrips.

About Tahoe Trips & Trails

Tahoe Trips and Trails (TTT) is a premier adventure guiding company based out of The Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee, CA. TTT holds the official permitting and insurance to guide excursions in featured destinations including Lake Tahoe, Donner Summit, Yosemite and Bryce and Zion. In addition to multi-day trips, TTT offers Create Your Own Tahoe and self-led packages.

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