Tahoe Rim Trail Association is giving people an alternative to Black Friday shopping by offering a family-friendly guided hike through Van Sickle Bi-State Park.
TRTA guides will lead the trek, passing through a regenerating, wildfire burn zone on the way up to panoramic vistas of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra and Carson mountain ranges.
Along the way hikers will encounter the famous “Mailman of the Sierra” aka Norwegian-American John “Snowshoe” Thompson. It’s 1871 and historical character re-enactor Steve Hale of Comstock Characters will join the hike as “Snowshoe” and describe what it’s like to carry the 60-100 pounds of U.S. mail 90-miles each way over the snowy Sierra between Genoa and Placerville.
The hike on Nov. 24 will be from 10am-1pm. It’s about 2.5 miles, with 800 feet of elevation gain.
It is free, but registration is required. Do so online.
The Sierra Nevada Freeride Club is hosting Sierra Nevada Avalanche forecaster Andy Anderson and pro skier Cody Townsend for a night of avalanche awareness. The free talk is Nov. 30, 7-9pm at Sierra Nevada College, room139/141 at TERC.
BloodSource will host a South Lake Tahoe blood drive on Dec. 1.
The drive is sponsored by the Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
Walk-ins are welcome.
Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 16 years old (16 and 17 year olds will need a signed BloodSource Parental consent form) and be generally healthy. There is no upper age limit for blood donations. Donors must bring a photo ID and should drink plenty of fluids before donating.
It will be at the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Center on Rufus Allen Boulevard from noon-5pm.
Alpenglow Sports will host the 13th annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival on Dec. 1 at 7pm.
It will include an award winning lineup of short films celebrating adventure, environmental consciousness, youth involvement in the outdoors, and more.
The Backcountry Film Festival is produced by Winter Wildlands Alliance as a celebration of the human-powered winter wilderness experience and a gathering place for the backcountry snowsports community. Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization that partners with groups like SWEP and Tahoe XC at the local level to inspire and educate the backcountry community to protect and care for the winter landscapes. Funds raised at each screening stay in the local community to support human-powered recreation and conservation efforts, winter education and avalanche/safety programs, and to raise awareness of winter management issues.
The $10 tickets are available online. Doors open at 6:30pm. Alpenglow Sports will host the event in its newly designed in-store theater in Tahoe City, with all proceeds benefiting Sierra Watershed Education Programs.