Spring has arrived and summer is inching closer. REI-Reno is pleased to partner with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for the return of the April Speakers Series. This year’s presentations will include information for everybody, but, in particular, we will give attention to hikers and mountain bikers.  Get expert information on where to go, what to bring with you and how to have fun while respecting others and the environment.

3177701313_0c5f322ce2_z All in all, this shouldbe a spectacular not-to-be-missed series.  Here are details on each presentation:

1. “Trail Tactics for The TRT,” Wednesday, April 4, from 6:30 to 8pm

We kickoffthis season’s Spring Speaker Series with tips and tricks for segment hiking or day hiking the 165 mile Tahoe Rim Trail.  We will give 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?  Anything I should be aware of? . . .and much more.  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, from 6:30 to 8pm


The Tahoe Rim Trail (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 we will discuss the 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. We will include in our discussion other trail opportunities that you will not want to miss.


3.   “The Properly Equipped Hiker,” Wednesday, April 18, from 6:30 to 8pm.

This presentation is essential for both segment and thru-hikers.  REI hiking experts will discuss gear, clothing and back country skills that will help you enjoy your time on the trail.  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, from 6:30 to 8pm.

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.  REI’s bike experts will go over the essentials of a pre-ride inspection, which will keep you safer on the seat this summer.  They will cover typical trail repairs including: flat tires, bent spokes, broken cables, suspension problems, chain issues, derailleur malfunctions, etc.  They will also cover your options if your bike cannot be repaired.  Gear will be discussed from a number of points of view so that you can 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.

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