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So many sizes, lengths, should you spend the extra money and go for the dry treated rope, lots of things to consider when buying a rope. Jed Kravitz helps to make sense of it all. 

ZOLEO, seamless connectivity beyond cell coverage, just incase. Wonder far and wild, let your family or a friend know where you and that you're okay. Should you need help, you can send an alert or in a real emergency, you can send an SOS, and help with be on the way. 

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Western Mountaineering has been around for over 45 years and continues to make top-notch quality products. Their sleeping bags have been one of the most sought out bags in the outdoor lovers’ community. Even though their bags do come at a high-end price, they make up for it in the amazing quality of the product and the company itself. Learn more about these amazing bags and let us help you choose the one that is perfect for you!

As a retailer of technical outdoor gear, I should hate this guy, but I don't. Daniel is the owner of Technical Equipment Cleaners in Truckee. His job is to make even the most durable gear, last longer and make it look brand new. Take it from me, he saved my sleeping bag.  

The Chief

Established in 1976, Granite Chief is one of the few if not the only ski shop still operating under original ownership. We are a California ski shop and a longtime local’s favorite. Granite Chief was the first to introduce world cup ski tuning, repairs and custom ski boot fitting on the consumers level. The Chief was the first shop to purchase a factory level stonegrinder and show off our tuning and boot fitting skills behind glass for our customers to view the work as it is being done.

Today we are a full service ski shop offering top of the line ski equipment and skiwear, a full line of rental and performance demo skis, and of course all the state of the art equipment services you have come to expect from The Chief.

Over the years we have expanded our business into summer sports, making us the largest sporting goods stores in the Truckee area. Years of living and working in the mountains has made us experts in hiking, trail running, kayaking, and paddle boarding. We are a valuable resource for visitors and locals alike. We are located at 11368 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, California 96161.

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