Adventure

  1. Desolation Wilderness Backpacking and Worn Out Paws

    Desolation Wilderness Backpacking and Worn Out Paws

    [caption id="attachment_9539" align="alignnone" width="605"] Desolation Wilderness Backpacking -  passing by Grass Lake. Notice the cascading waterfall in the background![/caption] Desolation Wilderness Backpacking Adventures, and mis-adventures, you might say are life's way of giving us learning opportunities. Earlier this summer, Mike, assistant manager at Granite Chief Ski & Mtn Shop, with his girlfriend Yuka, wanted to get out for a couple...
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  2. Ditching the Northern Hemisphere in Search for Snow | Skiing Australia

    Ditching the Northern Hemisphere in Search for Snow | Skiing Australia

    Rather than relaxing on Tahoe's shorelines this summer, Granite Chief employee, Jesse Cassidy, had something different on his mind, and that was skiing Australia.  After Tahoe's largest winter in years, he packed up and headed to the Southern Hemisphere in hopes of a "never-ending" winter... "Telling people you are going skiing in Australia often draws the same reaction...
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  3. This Way on the Pacific Crest Trail | Personal Growth and Human Kindness While Thru-Hiking the PCT

    This Way on the Pacific Crest Trail | Personal Growth and Human Kindness While Thru-Hiking the PCT

    [caption id="attachment_9532" align="alignnone" width="650"] This Way, picking up a pair of Black Diamond Trekking Poles at Granite Chief.[/caption] This Way - More than a direction "This way, this way", a hiker up the trail called out.  The young dentist from Korea adjusted his direction, gave a blushing smile, and thanked the other hiker.  "That would not have been a good start...
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  4. Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers Battle Snow & Water

    Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers Battle Snow & Water

    Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers are facing deep snow packs and raging waters Our well documented 2016-17 winter brought many benefits to California, but Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers are finding that the snow pack is dramatically impacting their efforts in the Sierra.  The tremendous amount of snow that fell months ago still has mountain passes packed deep.  High elevation...
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  5. Thru-Hiking The Pacific Crest Trail | Re-stocking at Granite Chief

    Thru-Hiking The Pacific Crest Trail | Re-stocking at Granite Chief

    [caption id="attachment_9385" align="alignright" width="523"] Thru-hiking the PCT - hiker Hamlet restocks at Granite Chief, in Truckee, CA.[/caption] Planning, Determination, and Good Will For those who go the route of thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, neither wind, nor rain, or in our case this summer, a deep defrosting snow pack, will stop the determined hiker. Hamlet, his trail name, stopped into Granite...
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  6. Zach Bitter & Altra Running Crew Visit Granite Chief and Share Insight | Many Thanks

    Zach Bitter & Altra Running Crew Visit Granite Chief and Share Insight | Many Thanks

    Ultra Endurance Record Holder Zach Bitter and the Altra Shoes Crew visit Granite Chief Ski & Mtn Shop [caption id="attachment_9367" align="alignleft" width="701"] You couldn't miss the Altra van parked in front of Granite Chief Ski & Mountain Shop.[/caption] Zach Bitter and the Altra Running shoes crew stopped by Granite Chief Ski & Moutain Shop yesterday.  A huge Granite Chief thanks...
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  7. The Granite Chief Outhouse Returns to Donner Summit

    The Granite Chief Outhouse Returns to Donner Summit

    [caption id="attachment_9347" align="alignright" width="560"] Celebrating its 10 year anniversary of community service, Johnny is back in his favorite location, at the parking base of Snowshed Wall, Donner Summit.[/caption] Donner Summit News Flash The Granite Chief Ski and Mountain Shop outhouse, more affectionately known as “Johnny”, returns for the 10th year at Donner Summit. “Spring scents are in the air, and...
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  8. Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hikers Making Their Way into Tahoe

    Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hikers Making Their Way into Tahoe

    Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hikers - 'tis the season for those who started on the southern tip of the iconic trail, to be making their way into Tahoe / Truckee. [caption id="attachment_9355" align="alignleft" width="700"] Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hiker Saunter stops into Granite Chief Ski and Mtn Shop for a map check and conversation.[/caption] One such hiker, "Saunter", stopped...
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  9. Ultra Endurance Running | What's It All About From World Record Holder Zach Bitter

    Ultra Endurance Running | What's It All About From World Record Holder Zach Bitter

    Granite Chief Ski & Mountain Shop When:  June 21st, Wednesday, @ 5:30pm Where:  Martis Creek Trailhead & Granite Chief Ski & Mountain Shop What:  5k Martis Creek Loop Trail Run (5:30pm)  &  Ultra Endurance Runner Zach Bitter Talk, Tacos, Beer, Wine, and Raffle Prizes at Granite Chief Ski & Mountain Shop (7:00pm-8:15pm) Details and...
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  10. Hiking in Search of Sierra Big Horn Sheep

    Hiking in Search of Sierra Big Horn Sheep

    Big Horn sheep in California, have you seen them? Wildlife believers say these horned mountaineers are super stealth, and very elusive. The nay sayers, however, believe the surefooted sheep simply cannot be seen any more, and call into question their presence in the California mountains. One thing is for certain, if you see one, you are among the very fortunate, and fall into a...
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