Monday, September 29, 2014

Donner Party Hike series this weekend on Donner Pass

Donner Lake from the summit.

The 22nd annual Donner Party Hike is a series of walks and hikes that explore early pioneer routes over Donner Pass. The hikes will have knowledgeable guides who will explain the history of the early pioneers. You will experience beautiful views as you follow in the footsteps of early immigrants that suffered along the way.

Lincoln Hwy. railroad undercrossing.
There are several hikes planned for Saturday, October 4 which depart and end at Sugar Bowl’s Mt. Judah Lodge. 15-20 hikers are allowed on each of the hikes. Bring good shoes, water, snacks, and sunscreen.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

King Fire after weather change

King Fire Smoke.

Fire fighters are gaining some control over the King Fire that was started by an arsonist on September 13, 2014. The fire has burned an estimated 95,347 acres and is 43% contained.  The total personnel involved with the King Fire is 8,002 people, using 23 helicopters, 568 fire engines, and 102 dozers.

A favorable weather system brought cooler temperatures, higher humidity, and light rain to the fire on Wednesday. A cold front is expected to push through the fire on Thursday with scattered showers and wind speeds of 15-30 mph at the ridge tops. Cooler temperatures and a chance of showers are expected to last through Saturday.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Save the date for Warren Miller Ski Movie: No Turning Back

WME photo.

Warren Miller releases No Turning Back this fall. The film pays homage to 65 years of mountain culture and adventure film making. No Turning Back will feature top athletes pushing their limits on the steepest peaks around the globe.

Destinations include Japan, France, Montana, and the Swiss Alps. Athletes include Rob Kingwill, Ingrid Backstrom, Oystein Aasheim, Seth Wescott, and Sierra Quitiquit.

Tickets are on sale now at most REI locations and at the venue. The film tour begins October 18 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Event locations closer to home:

Friday, September 19, 2014

Jens Voigt breaks cycling’s prestigious Hour Record

Voigt on the velodrome in Switzerland.

The prestigious Hour Record was smashed by 43-year-old Jens Voigt with a record distance of 51.115 km. Voigt averaged just under 32 mph for the record setting ride. The previous record was set in 2005 by a rider from the Czech Republic, Ondrej Sosenka, with a distance under 50 km.

The Hour Record is always attempted indoors on a velodrome. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the governing body that oversees the rules and the records. The equipment rules have changed some through the years, but the race against the clock remains the same.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Forest Fire Smoke returns to Lake Tahoe

The King Fire smoke cloud.

The smoke that rolled in on Sunday may stick around through Monday. The wind is pushing smoke up from the King Fire in El Dorado County east of Pollock Pines. CalFire and the U.S. Forest Service say the fire has burned 3,900 acres and is only 10% contained.