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Party celebrates Tahoe Rim Trail book release

Alisha Wyman

After devoting 10 years to developing the Tahoe Rim Trail, the board of directors of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association is creating a book to celebrate the result.

The hard cover coffee table book, “Tahoe Rim Trail-Exploring the Jewel” is a picture book with short narratives following the hike from Tahoe City going south. At the end of each chapter is a segment about how the trail was built.

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association and Carmel Publishing will hold two preview parties July 10, 6:30 p.m. at Sundance Bookstore in Reno and July 15, 7:30 p.m. at The Bookshelf in Tahoe City.

Those who don’t want to wait for the October release date can purchase a collector’s limited edition for $125 and see a presentation from photographer and writer Mark Vollmer. A sample of the book will also be available.

The price includes two color 8-by-10-inch photographs by the two photographers, a collector’s slipcase, and a copy signed by Glenn Hampton, the “father” of the Tahoe Rim Trail.

The non-limited edition is $30 dollars is available to order at the preview parties. The profits go to cover the cost of publishing as well as to the association for trail maintenance.

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“Tahoe Rim Trail-Exploring the Jewel” is the second book the board of directors has published. The first was a hiking guide came out in June 2002.

Carole Maupin, a former president of the board and current advisory board for the association approached Vollmer about taking the pictures.

“He’s one of those intense people about the trail, too,” she said. Vollmer, who is also a geologist, recruited another photographer, Reno Gazette-Journal staff member Scott Sady for the job.

The two photographers hiked the trail for three or four years, collecting a large portfolio of photos with which to make the book.

The Tahoe Rim Trail runs the entire circumference of the lake, covering approximately 165 miles. It is the realization of a dream Glenn Hampton had since 1977. Construction began in 1984, and the entire loop was completed in September 2001.

“There’s something spiritual for a lot of us who were born and raised in the Sierra Nevada,” said Maupin. “We thought we would be sharing something with the people. We were providing a way to show off the area.”

Maupin was one of over 10,000 people who worked on the construction of the trail. It was a project that a variety of people came to participate with for numerous reasons.

“It’s a passion to us,” she said. “I don’t think that I will ever not be involved.”

The book is just another way that Maupin has been involved with the construction and promotion of the trail. With the pictures, the trail is available to more people than before.

“For those who can’t hike they can even read the book and get the feeling with the photography and the descriptions.”