Spring Speaker Series | Prepare for summer on the Tahoe Rim Trail | SierraSun.com

Spring Speaker Series | Prepare for summer on the Tahoe Rim Trail

RENO/TAHOE and#8212; REI-Reno is pleased to partner with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for the return of the April Speakers Series. This yearand#8217;s presentations will include information for everybody with particular attention to hikers and mountain bikers. Find out where to go, what to bring and how to have fun while respecting others and the environment.

Admission to each presentation in the series is free and will be held at REI Reno, 2225 Harvard Way, Reno, Nev. every Wednesday in April from 6:30-8 p.m.

Online registration at http://www.rei.com/stores/67 is now open. Contact Tom at 775-298-0238 or programs@tahoerimtrail.org with questions.

Presentation schedule

1. Trail Tactics for The TRT, Wednesday, April 4, 6:30-8 p.m.

Kickoff the Spring Speaker Series with tips and tricks for segment hiking or day hiking the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail. Learn detailed information on each trail segment. Questions such as: What amenities are available? Is there a better place to start/finish? Do I need permits? May I bring my dog? Any special attractions? All this and more will be answered. This presentation by TRTA staff will be invaluable for planning a fun and safe hike around the Lake.

2. Mountain Biking the TRT, Wednesday, April 11, 6:30-8 p.m.

The TRT is a multi-use trail open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. This presentation will focus on the unmatched mountain biking opportunities for all levels of rider experience. In this presentation discuss various trail characteristics, including sights, skill levels, gear requirements, trail rules, regulations, etiquette, time and safety considerations. The TRT mountain bike trails are only a part of the mountain bike terrain offered in the Tahoe Basin. Other trail opportunities will be included.

3. The Properly Equipped Hiker, Wednesday, April 18, 6:30-8 p.m.

This presentation is essential for both segment and thru-hikers. REI hiking experts will discuss gear, clothing and back country skills. They will also help you to distinguish between essential gear versus what gear is nice to have. Gear and clothing selections will also be reviewed for weight, cost, durability and ease of use considerations. This session will also serve as an unveiling of the newest in 2012 gear. Backcountry skills will focus on hydration techniques, navigational skills and Leave No Trace principles. Combine this class with the first class and you will be ready to hit the Tahoe Rim Trail this summer, dressed and outfitted for success.

4. Trail Repairs and Mountain Bike Gear, Wednesday, April 25, 6:30-8 p.m.

Mountain bikers will be stoked about this session. It will not only focus on the latest after-market gear, but will include typical trail repairs, as well as how to inspect your bike before your ride. REIand#8217;s bike experts will go over the essentials of a pre-ride inspection and cover typical trail repairs including: flat tires, bent spokes, broken cables, suspension problems, chain issues, derailleur malfunctions, etc. They will also cover options if your bike cannot be repaired. Gear will be discussed from a number of points of view so you may decide what is best for your style of riding. Combine this class with the second class and you will be ready for some Flume Trail fun in 2012.

About TRTA

For more information about the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, call 775-298-0012 or visit http://www.tahoerimtrail.org. The Tahoe Rim Trail Association, founded in 1981, is a nonprofit organization, which works to maintain and enhance the Tahoe Rim Trail system, practice and inspire stewardship and promote access to the beauty of the Lake Tahoe Region. The Association works in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and Nevada State Parks.

About REI

REI is a national outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. Founded in 1938 by a group of Pacific Northwest mountaineers seeking quality equipment, REI is committed to promoting environmental stewardship and increasing access to outdoor recreation through volunteerism, gear donations and financial contributions.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com

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