The second half of summer is here and there is still plenty of time to get some good backpacking trips in. We’ve compiled a list of gear for the Tahoe backpacker, some pieces of gear on the list are essentials and others are staff picks. Hopefully this helps get ready for the next overnight trip or week long journey!
Backpack – Something between 45L and 65L depending on what type of trip and personal preference.
Dehydrated Meals – It’s always nice to have some real food also but dehydrated meals are awesome for saving weight.
Camp Stove – Whether it is a stand alone system like an MSR or a self contained set up like a Jet Boil nothing beats a hot meal on a cold night.
Water Filter – Being able to filter water trail side is essential while backpacking, fill up anywhere and don’t haul extra water.
Hammock – Not an absolute necessity but with some weighing less than 6 oz. why not bring it for some much needed relaxation.
Headlamp – The more lumens the better unless you are being a stickler about weight.
Solar Lantern – A little easier on the eyes than a headlamp and they are much better at spreading out light.
Sleeping Bag – Down is the lightest and most pack-able but synthetic bags help keep you warm even when there is some moisture.
Sleeping Pad – There are two schools of thought on sleeping pads, inflatable pads are very light and compact but foam pads will not go flat.
Shelter – Protection from the elements can range anywhere from a tarp to a bivy to a tent, it is all about how much “protection” you want.
Pro Tip – Some dehydrated meals don’t require hot water meaning you can leave the stove at home.
We’re in the heat of summer now, don’t get stuck out there in the boondocks. We put together a trailside gear guide that will keep you riding your bike not walking it. Not all of this stuff is necessary every ride but it will all definitely help you out of a pinch. Swing by the shop and we will get you all set up!
Tubeless Tire Repair Kit – Bacon strips usually do the trick to plug up what your sealant won’t.
CO2 System – Who wants to use a hand pump for 20 minutes?
Multi-Tool – The only way you can tighten anything on your bike.
Derailleur Cable – When you lose your shifting 5 minutes out of the parking lot.
Master Link – Hands down the easiest way to fix a chain.
Missing Link Tire Levers – Between setting the master link and taking a tire off they are a life saver, without them you would need hands of steel.
Tube – Gets you home in time for dinner even after your second flat.
Extra Co2 Cartridge – Good thing you brought an extra.
Patch Kit – Scratch that, third flat. Just patched the tube and had to steal your friends Co2.
Zip Ties – If you can’t fix it with zip ties it can’t be fixed.
Trail Snacks – When you bonk and still need to get back to the car.
Riding Light – You didn’t plan on finishing your ride an hour late after all the mechanical mayhem.
We were excited to host the two badass and super nice guys from Packing It Out this past week as their journey along the Pacific Crest Trail rolled through Truckee. Seth ‘Cap’ Orme and Paul ‘Spice’ Twedt’s positive attitudes were contagious and the whole Tahoe Sports Hub Team was very impressed by both of them. Packing it out aims to leave the Pacific Crest Trail better than they found it, just like they did last year, when they removed 1,090 lbs. of trash off of the Appalachian Trail. Cap and Spice began their journey on the 2,650-mile trail from Mexico to Canada at the start of May. Their late-season hike has enabled them to clean up trash that previous hikers have left behind. The team has already hit half of their original goal, 1,000 lbs. If they continue at the rate of a pound a mile, they’re on track to pick up 2,500 lbs of trash.
The team attributes so much trash at the beginning to the ‘Wild Effect’: hikers inspired by Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, who don’t properly prepare and overpack, then ditch gear in their first miles. “It’s fantastic that folks are out there hiking, but there is a level of knowledge that the outdoor industry should encourage before these hikes begin,” Orme said. “By documenting this process, I think we’re able to make potential thru-hikers aware of the gear they don’t need, and the damage it can do on the environment.”
Cap and Spice arrived in Truckee on Tuesday morning and packed in a interview on 101.5 with Truckee’s own Lindsay with an “A” a meet and greet at the shop on Tuesday night. Later that evening we took the guys over to Old Town Tap where the restaurant’s owner, Luke Bill (also a former PCT alum) rolled out the red carpet with some complimentary treats and brews. After a night of comfort on Wrenn and Rob’s couch the guys headed back out to the trail early Wednesday morning to continue their journey cleaning up the PCT and spreading awareness of conscious and sustainable outdoor recreation. Happy trails boys and thanks for the hard work and for stopping off at Tahoe Sports Hub to share your story!
This summer, Packing It Out aims to leave the Pacific Crest Trail better than they found it, just like they did last year, when they removed 1,090 lbs. of trash off of the AT. Two of the original members, Seth ‘Cap’ Orme and Paul ‘Spice’ Twedt began their journey on the 2,650-mile trail from Mexico to Canada at the start of May. Their late-season hike has enabled them to clean up trash that previous hikers have left behind. The team has already hit half of their original goal, 1,000 lbs. If they continue at the rate of a pound a mile, they’re on track to pick up 2,500 lbs of trash.
Meet the guys at the shop on Tuesday, July 12th at 6:30! Enjoy pizza and beer with PIO founder, Seth Orme and Paul Twedt. They will share the impact they’ve made on two of our country’s biggest trails and how to be an advocate for clean trails.
We are partnering with Salomon and RootsRated to throw a Pint Night fundraiser for the Truckee Trails Foundation! Join us at the shop on Friday 6/24 to celebrate the great outdoors! From 6:00- 8:00 p.m. enjoy live music, outdoor trivia, Salomon gear raffles and ice-cold draft Deschutes beer. A suggested $5 donation to Truckee Trails Foundation gets you a few cold brews in a custom KleenKanteen mug and entry into the raffle!