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Historic Pony Express Celebration Giveaway Day

Published by Christina on July 31, 2013, in Charitable Giving, Recent Projects

ON TAHOE RIM TRAIL

Meet Pony Express re-ride riders and their horses in the Tahoe Meadows

off of Mt. Rose Highway on Friday, Aug. 9

By Nicole Cheslock, NC Communications.

The National Pony Express Association conducted a re-ride of the Pony Express Trail just last month. The ride, including a portion of the Tahoe Rim Trail, was a non-stop event including more than 600 riders and horses. On Friday, Aug. 9, Lake Tahoe and Reno visitors and residents can meet Pony Express re-ride participants, Petra Keller and her horse Tiara Nevada (“T”), among others, on the Tahoe Rim Trail as part of the inaugural Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge, a self guided adventure open to the public.

“Adults are keen to meet our equestrian friends and learn more on the Tahoe Rim Trail, and kids love feeding carrots to our horses,” shares Keller, a member of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) Board of Directors. “Come out to meet us on the trail on Friday, Aug. 9. This is such a fun photo opportunity and recreation event with a historic twist for friends and families.”

Ranked among the most remarkable feats of the American West, the Pony Express was in service from April 1860 to November 1861. Its primary mission was to deliver mail and news between St. Joseph, MO and San Francisco, CA. Telegrams and letters were carried in a “mochila,” the Spanish word for knapsack. Keller and her friends from the National Pony Express Association will have a mochila used in the Pone Express re-ride on the trail. While other riders carried mail by horseback, it was the mochila, easily transferrable from one horse to another, that made the Pony Express unique. Since the riders had just two minutes to exchange horses, the mochila design allowed for easy and quick removal and placement on a fresh horse at remount stations, was used. The rider’s weight kept the mochila in place during the rugged rides. In addition to a mochila, T’s mother, a Nevada Mustang named Charlie, will be on site from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 9. Everyone donning a Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge T-shirt is eligible for giveaways on Aug. 9.

TAHOE RIM TRAIL CHALLENGE

The inaugural Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge is a self-guided program designed to encourage people to enjoy the great outdoors and support the TRTA, the non-profit organization expressly dedicated to stewardship of the trail. The 2013 Trail Challenge features six extremely scenic and accessible locations that vary in length from two to six miles roundtrip. The Challenge is open to the public and new members are encouraged to join. Upon registration, members receive access to a special members-only webpage with interesting hike descriptions and colorful pictures, a tech T-shirt plus annual membership to the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and invitations to members-only events. Membership costs $55 for individuals and $85 for families. Custom corporate packages are also available.

The Trail Challenge is excited to announce the Historic Pony Express Celebration Giveaway Day on Aug. 9 as part of the “Where’s McLeod? Giveaway Days.” Representatives will be staged at various vista points to cheer on participants and provide a free giveaway from presenting Trail Challenge sponsors in addition to photo opportunities with trail mascot, McLeod the Marmot. Everyone who is wearing their Trail Challenge T-shirt or joins on-site will receive gifts including cold water provided by Spin Games. Giveaways include gift certificates, whistles, bandanas and more from corporate sponsors including CA Technologies, Redemption Sports and Squeeze In. Additional Trail Challenge Giveaway Days will take place on Aug. 24 and Sept. 21. Visit www.trailchallenge.tahoerimtrail.org to register.

The 2013 Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge is made possible from generous sponsorship support from NV Energy, Spin Games, REI, Desert Research Institute, International Game Technology, The Weekly, 101.5, KOLO 8, Reno Gazette Journal and Capital Public Radio as well as Sunshine Tahoe, Squeeze In, KristineMitchell.com, KPS|3, North American Embroidery, and NC Communications.

ABOUT THE TAHOE RIM TRAIL ASSOCIATION (TRTA)

Established in 1981, TRTA is a membership-supported organization that maintains and enhances the Tahoe Rim Trail, a trail like no other™. TRTA exists to practice and inspire stewardship, promote access to the beauty of the Lake Tahoe region and sustain the Tahoe Rim Trail system. This mission is accomplished through two overarching programs: Trail Operations and Trail Use. Both programs offer in-depth trainings and rewarding volunteer opportunities. TRTA recruits, trains and manages approximately 1,000 volunteers who contribute more than 17,000 hours annually to support TRTA’s mission. Volunteer efforts, individual and corporate donations and grant funding make TRTA’s annual stewardship work and more than one hundred free public offerings possible. Visit http://www.tahoerimtrail.org.

Attached image:

Petra Keller, a member of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association Board of Directors, and Tiara Nevada riding a portion of the Tahoe Rim Trail during the June 2013 Historic Pony Express Re-Ride.

Credit:  Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA)

 

Tahoe Rim Trail Association Trail Challenge

Published by Christina on July 2, 2013, in Charitable Giving, Recent Projects

Offering incredible views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada, the 165-mile long Tahoe Rim Trail is one of the world’s most scenic trails. Established in Tahoe in 1981, the Tahoe Rim Trail Association is a membership-supported organization that maintains and enhances the Tahoe Rim Trail.

“Our new program highlights alpine lakes and creeks, wildflower meadows, waterfalls, amazing vista points, and unique  geologic features. We’re still in the early phase of the first-ever Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge, so now is the time to round up your friends and coworkers to start an incredible summer adventure,” said Kristine Mitchell, TRTA’s Vice President of Trail Use. “Depending upon the trail and season, you can bike, hike, ride horseback, ski or snowshoe to the Trail Challenge destinations. It’s all about fun – get out there and go!”

The Trail Challenge is a self guided outdoor recreation program offered by the Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA). Everyone who registers becomes eligible for many on-the-trail giveaways. Coming up soon, Squeeze In, a favorite restaurant that is consistently voted Best Breakfast in North Tahoe, Truckee and Reno and home of “The Best Omelettes on the Planet,” is offering up to 300 EggHead Gifs on Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. exclusively for Trail Challenge participants.

Squeeze In President, Shila Morris exclaimed, “We live here too! This is our community and our trail. The Squeeze has been a favorite with hikers and outdoor enthusiasts for decades. We love the opportunity to support the Tahoe Rim Trail. We’d like to help you get egg on your face with a free breakfast!”

Additional surprise giveaways are planned throughout the summer and fall. Registration also includes access to a special members-only web page where participants share pictures and trail experiences, a trail tech T-shirt and a full year TRTA membership. The website offers descriptions of the six Trail Challenge locations, photo and story sharing capability, and electronic tracking of individual achievements.

Wondering which places along the Tahoe Rim Trail have been selected for 2013? Part of the fun of joining the challenge is discovering the absolutely stunning sites.  Here’s a peak – one journey takes you 2.5 miles roundtrip with an elevation gain of 700 feet and culminates with a spectacular waterfall and stunning Lake Tahoe vistas. Another site is 3.5 miles roundtrip and features wild flowers blooming in a lush meadow. Register online to learn more about these amazing sites and begin your adventure on the Tahoe Rim Trail.

Join the Trail Challenge to get started in 2013. Trail Challenge membership costs $55 for individuals, $85 for couples and there are custom corporate packages. Existing TRTA members can enroll for just $20. For details and registration visit www.tahoerimtrail.org.

Support for the 2013 Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge comes from individuals and companies including NV Energy, Spin GamesREI, Desert Research Institute (DRI), The Weekly, 101.5 Tahoe Truckee RadioKOLO 8, Reno Gazette-JournalCapital Public Radio as well as Sunshine Tahoe, Squeeze InKristineMitchell.comKPS|3, North American Embroidery and NC Communications.

 

Read a little about what a few of our incredible sponsors have to say:

Kristine Mitchell, TRTA Vice President of Trail Use

“Our new program highlights alpine lakes and creeks, wildflower meadows, waterfalls, amazing vista points, and unique geologic features. We’re still in the early phase of the first-ever Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge, so now is the time to round up your friends and coworkers to start an incredible summer adventure,” said Kristine Mitchell, TRTA’s Vice President of Trail Use. “Depending upon the trail and season, you can bike, hike, ride horseback, ski or snowshoe to the Trail Challenge destinations. It’s all about fun – get out there and go!”

Desert Research Institute – DRI

“The Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge presents our faculty, students and staff with a unique motivation to get outside and explore a region we sincerely treasure,” said Dr. Stephen Wells, President of the Desert Research Institute (DRI). “For several decades DRI scientists have produced an array of comprehensive scientific studies to better understand the region’s complex ecology. This work, combined with the environmental stewardship efforts lead by community organizations like the TRTA is providing the road map to a healthier future for the entire Tahoe basin.” DRI joins Spin Games, NV Energy and REI among other corporate participants in support of the 2013 Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge.

Squeeze In

“The Tahoe Rim Trail is the perfect way to highlight the majestic beauty that makes our little slice of heaven world famous. For nearly four decades, the Squeeze In has been a local favorite and we are thrilled to be partnering with the TRTA to reward the hikers who take on the challenge. Whether you’re an avid outdoor enthusiast, or you just like a good hike, you will love experiencing these amazing trails, and you’ll certainly love having a free breakfast at Squeeze In afterwards.”
“We live here too, this is our community and our trail. The Squeeze has been a favorite with hikers and outdoor enthusiasts for decades. We love the opportunity to support the Tahoe Rim Trail. We’d like to help you get egg on your face with a free breakfast!”