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Crew Leader Training

TAMBA will be hosting a U.S. Forest Service-approved 2 day crew leader training course on Sunday, May 7 and Saturday, May 13 in the Tahoe area. The Forest Service has stringent training requirements for volunteer crew leaders, and this training may also be accepted by other land manager agencies. The training will be taught by Kevin Joell, TAMBA’s Trails Director, and Jacob Quinn, Trails Engineer for the Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Each has 20-plus years of trail building experience.

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Topics will include volunteer management and supervision techniques, safety briefings and job hazard analysis, and emergency procedures and communications. The course has a focus on modern sustainable trail building techniques to produce work that will last and design techniques to reduce conflicts and resource damage.  This is not a basic trail building course, it is expected that attendees will have participated in multiple sanctioned trail days previously. First Aid and CPR certification is also required of crew leaders. It is not included in this course but will be offered separately.  That must be re-certified every two years.

Sunday, May 7: 8:30am -5:00pm at the LTBMU Forest Supervisors Office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Saturday, May 13: 8:30am-4pm, will be in the field, location TBD.  Weather conditions may require field location to be moved to Reno or Galena area.

Attendance to both days is mandatory for course completion.

It is free to register, but donations are requested for non-TAMBA volunteers to cover student materials.

CLICK HERE to register. More info email Kevin at trails@mountainbiketahoe.org.

Fallen Leaf Lake/Angora Ridge Trail Project

The Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Assn. (TAMBA) and the Forest Service are building new world-class trails around one of the most beautiful places in Tahoe: Angora Ridge and Fallen Leaf Lake. Three miles are funded – we’re raising money for the last three.

Because all donations are matched, roughly one dollar you donate builds one foot of trail. Please donate here: http://www.tamba.org/donate/

Fallen Leaf Lake is a gem at the base of Mount Tallac. To the west of the lake is Angora Ridge, site of the devastating 2007 Angora Fire. With your help, we can link many old user trails and connections to the new trails at Tahoe Mountain. The US Forest Service completed the hard work of environmental approvals for approximately 15 miles of new trails. These trails are ‘shovel ready’ but need funds for construction.

TAMBA is teaming up with the Forest Service in 2017 to build the first phase of these new trails: six miles in total on three new trails. More details here

Some of these trails will eventually be part of a bikeable trail around The Lake.

This project coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Angora Fire. On June 24, Lake Valley Fire Dept will host an event to remember the devastating 2007 fire and celebrate the rehabilitation of the area. Also, Lake Valley Fire is organizing volunteers to help with the trail building.

New Trails this summer

Help fund new trails this summer at Fallen Leaf Lake and Angora Ridge. 

Let’s build some trails! Every $1 raised will build one foot of trail at Fallen Leaf Lake and Angora Ridge. Chris McNamara will show videos from some of the very first wingsuit BASE jumps off major US cliffs (and the 80+ El Capitan climbing ascents that led to them).

Tickets are $25 and 100 percent of the money goes to the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association to build trails. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

Our goal for the night is to raise $10K!
How?

1 – OutdoorGearLab is donating a ton of gear. There will be a raffle (everyone will receive one ticket, and you will have the opportunity to buy more at the event)

2 –  A silent auction with skis, snowboards, electric skateboards, jackets and much more all starting at 70 percent off retail.

3 – An online auction will be here: http://stores.ebay.com/outdoorgearlabstore/ The auction starts Feb 19 and end the night of the event.

All money raised from the night will be matched PLUS any donations made to TAMBA in February will  be matched.

Here is a list of items in the raffle and silent auction: https://goo.gl/xVXiSd (It will be added to and updated over the next 10 days).

EVENT SCHEDULE

– 6:30 pm  Doors open
– 7 pm – Chris Mac show
– 8 pm- Raffle
– 8:30 pm – End of silent auction

Location:

Upstairs at Blue Angel Cafe
1132 Ski Run Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Feel free to join us for dinner and/or a drink at 5:30pm

See you there!

Chris McNamara and Corey Rich

PS: if you can’t make the event but want to support trails, please donate here: http://www.tamba.org/fll-trails/

PPS: Here are more details on the trails:

The Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Assn. (TAMBA) and the Forest Service are building new world-class trails around one of the most beautiful places in Tahoe: Angora Ridge and Fallen Leaf Lake. Three miles are funded – we’re raising money for the last three.

Because all donations are matched, roughly one dollar you donate builds one foot of trail. Please donate here: http://www.tamba.org/donate/

Fallen Leaf Lake is a gem at the base of Mount Tallac. To the west of the lake is Angora Ridge, site of the devastating 2007 Angora Fire. With your help, we can link many old user trails and connections to the new trails at Tahoe Mountain. The US Forest Service completed the hard work of environmental approvals for approximately 15 miles of new trails. These trails are ‘shovel ready’ but need funds for construction.

TAMBA is teaming up with the Forest Service in 2017 to build the first phase of these new trails: six miles in total on three new trails. More details here

Some of these trails will eventually be part of a bikeable trail around The Lake.

This project coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Angora Fire. On June 24, Lake Valley Fire Dept will host an event to remember the devastating 2007 fire and celebrate the rehabilitation of the area. Also, Lake Valley Fire is organizing volunteers to help with the trail building.

 

 

Are You Ready to Ski??

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TAMBA gave away a pair Heavenly Lift Tickets to John Drum of South Lake Tahoe on 21 Jan and Eric Gerken of Reno on 11 Feb. Congratulations to them and happy skiing. Also, a big thank-you to everyone who joined or renewed their membership during this sweepstakes period. TAMBA added over 60 memberships in January and the first half of February…which is truly remarkable considering mountain biking is not prevalent subject this winter!

Tahoe’s new Kingsbury Stinger Trail

This year we helped build a new trail. It took many years to get the alignment right, partnerships lined up and permitting done through the leadership from the U.S. Forest Service – Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. The new Kingsbury Stinger Trail is another piece in the puzzle and will allow for more opportunities for future trails in the area. This video was made by First Tracks Productions to show how the new trail came about. Thanks to everyone that helped build (133 volunteers), along with trail crews from the USFS and American Conservation Experience, cooperation from Tahoe Rim Trail Association, grant funding from Nevada recreational trails program your Connection to Adventure and local bike shop Shoreline of Tahoe for leading multiple trail days. Enjoy! 

 

 

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