Month: March 2014

Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park: Sand Harbor

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Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park: Sand Harbor, rather Sand Harbor Overlook if you’re someone who never carries cash like me, is a section of the lake with enormous boulders dotting the shoreline and a sandy beach area. In the summer, it gets ridiculously packed with people playing in the water and laying out.

With this forever summer weather, the boulders have been relatively untouched by snow, making it a popular destination this winter, too! I spent some time hopping around some of the rocks and chasing lizards basking in the sun. I could spend forever here; it’s so gorgeous.

The fee for the state park is $7, but if you drive a little ways up the road towards Incline Village, there’s the Sand Harbor Overlook area that’s free. Parking is limited to 30 minutes, so it’s great if you’re not planning on staying for long. For more information, please visit the Nevada State Parks site here.

Mountain Loop Highway: Deer Creek & Big Four Picnic Area

Hike: Deer Creek Road & Big Four Picnic Area
Where: Mountain Loop Highway
Trailhead: Winter Gate before the Big Four Picnic Area
Level: Moderate
Duration: 6 hours
Length: 6 miles out and back on Deer Creek, and 4 miles out and back to the Big Four Picnic Area
Fitbit Steps: Approximately 30,000
Gear: MSR Women’s Lightning Ascent Snowshoes, Icebreaker Kid’s Compass Legging, Outdoor Research Valhalla pants, Sierra Designs Tov jacket, Triple Aught Design Artemis hoodie, Icebreaker Women’s Everyday LS Crewe, Arcteryx Women’s Alpha SL Hybrid Jacket, Arcteryx Kea 45 Backpack, Outdoor Research Longhouse Gloves, Black Diamond First Strike Junior Trekking Poles
Cost of Parking: Free

The boyfriend and I made our way up to Seattle this past weekend to celebrate my big 2-4 birthday! Officially in my mid-twenties, wahoo! We met up with some #hikerchat friends, Lee, Jessica, Josh, Beau and Mike,  and took a jaunt to the Mountain Loop Highway area.

First, we headed up Deer Creek Road in search of a clearing that provided spectacular views of the mountains. We broke trail in two feet of powder. To anyone who went up there this weekend, you are welcome. ;)

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After about three miles of exhausting work, we decided to turn around and head down the road to the Big Four Picnic Area.

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The road was fairly well-trodden and flat, but snowshoes (or skis!) make it easier to manage. The road takes you along the river with unobstructed views of the surrounding peaks, and the Big Four Picnic Area is a prime avalanche watching area. Unfortunately, we got there a little late and just missed an avalanche coming down Big Four Mountain.

It was exhilarating finally getting some real winter in! The Mountain Loop area was absolutely beautiful, and I can’t wait to come back. Many, many thanks to LeeJessicaJoshBeau and Mike, for hanging out!

Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park: Cave Rock

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Even with our climbing plans foiled by a sniffly cold, the boyfriend and I couldn’t pass up on the perfect weather up at Tahoe this past weekend. We took a drive around the lake and stopped at a few of the scenic points along the way.

First up? Cave Rock! Cave Rock, located near Zephyr Cove, is a 75 foot tall rock formation from an extinct volcano. A once popular place for sport climbing, the rock no longer sees any action due to its sacred nature to the Washoe tribe. Bolts have since been removed, but a hiking trail runs around the top, allowing access to the top of the rock.

This day-use area is designed for boating, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and beach access.

A day-use fee of $7 per car is charged. If you’re stopping for photos, it’s $2 per car.

A Quick Look: Boreas Gear & Alite Designs HQ

A Quick Look: Boreas Gear & Alite Designs HQ

I’ve been hearing quite the ruckus on the internet about Boreas Gear, and was quite thrilled to hear that they (along with sister company, Alite Designs) are located in the Bay Area.

If you’ve never heard of these brands, you’ve been missing out. Alite was created for the urban adventurer: functional, aesthetically pleasing, and inspiring for budding outdoor enthusiasts. Boreas, on the other hand, was created for the more extreme outdoor enthusiast: packs with thoughtful details, lightweight construction, designed for adventure.

Their sweet digs are located in the Potrero Hill neighborhood, just a stone’s throw away from my Bay Area favorite, Triple Aught Design, in the Dogpatch. I met with Kenzie and Luke who graciously showed me around their warehouse.

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The front of the warehouse is a retail space showcasing all the Alite products with a section for the Boreas packs. The remainder of the space is split in two levels, showroom & prototypes and actual office space.

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Production of prototypes and samples all happen in house in the back room. Below is a little sneak peek of what’s to come for Spring 2015!

A Quick Look: Boreas Gear & Alite Designs HQ A Quick Look: Boreas Gear & Alite Designs HQ

The upstairs is office space where all work gets done, beer gets drank, and ideas are created.

If you’re in San Francisco, stop by the Alite Outpost in Potrero Hill at 2505 Mariposa St and say hello!