“In the summer of 2013 Casey Gannon and Colin Arisman thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail with cameras in hand. “Only The Essential” is the story of their 5 month, 2668 mile journey on foot from Mexico to Canada across the wilderness of California, Oregon, and Washington.

The full length film will be available to stream for free online, as well as premiering around the country and being submitted to film festivals. Prior to the hike we successfully ran a Kickstarter fundraiser, and we are deeply grateful for the independent financial support of those who backed our project. The film is a non-commercial project and has been a labor of love for us. We are honored that Only The Essential has received the support of the Pacific Crest Trail Association. ”

The full length Only The Essential (Hiking the PCT) video comes out on Vimeo this Fall, 2014

Only The Essential (Hiking the PCT) – Trailer from Colin Arisman on Vimeo.

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With summer in full swing here in the Truckee Tahoe area, we would like to share with you some of our favorite hikes in the area. From Donner to South Lake, the Tahoe area has some of the best hiking around, from lakeside strolls along Tahoe, to long climbs in Desolation Wilderness; we’d like to highlight some of our personal favorites.

Donner Peak, situated high above Donner Lake offers spectacular views of Truckee, the crest, and numerous other peaks and valleys in the area. The hike is relatively short, moderate in difficulty, and offers some of the best views of the Truckee area. Starting at the top of Donner Pass off of Old Highway 40, by the old Sugar Bowl Academy building, Donner Peak is accessed first by the Pacific Crest Trail and then by the Mt. Judah trail. The trail winds up the mountainside with numerous switchbacks that offer amazing views of Lake Van Norden, Lake Mary, Sugar Bowl Resort, and the surrounding peaks, including Castle Peak. Pine Trees, lupine, and wildlife make the hike up a little more enjoyable and scenic. Once to the top you are treated to a panoramic view of the Crest, Truckee, Donner Lake, Coldstream Canyon, and much more. Once at the top it is not uncommon to come across rock climbers as Donner Peak is known for its amazing granite walls and superior rock climbing.

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Recently, Josh and I hiked Donner Peak at dusk to witness the sunset from this amazing peak. Hiking at dusk makes for an enjoyable experience as it is much cooler, there are less people, and the light makes for some amazing photos. The sunset from Donner Peak is amazing as you watch the sun sink below the Sierra out towards the Pacific. Hiking down in the dark also makes for a fun experience, when the moon is bright enough you can turn off your headlamps and walk through the dimly lighted forest under the moon. Just watch out however as there are many frogs and other wildlife that come out at night that make for an even more interesting hike down.

This short 1.5 hour hike is perfect for anyone looking for a short hike, and can even be extended with the option to hike out to Mt. Judah, or continue along the Pacific Crest Trail. With amazing views, and easy access, the Donner Peak Hike is a must for anyone in the Truckee Tahoe area.

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-By Chrystal Roberston

Le Grand Adventure Tours was started by Jeff and Crystal Robertson last year. Together they have traveled the world surfing, skiing, snowboarding and biking. They even followed the 100th Tour De France in 2013 from start to finish for their honeymoon. Together, they have focused their lives around sports, adventure, passion and building their community of like minded individuals around the globe.

Experiences in life are what truly make them who they are. These moments are shared with friends old and new, by discovering new places around the world, and living your life to the fullest. Everyone has their our own passions and the LGA guides are some of the most passionate and highly trained individuals around. Over the years the LGA team has traveled the world in search of that next epic powder day, tacky flowing single track, paved roads high into the European Cols, and uncrowded surf breaks. They have gathered a team of professional athletes, videographers and world-class photographers ready to take their guests on many adventures around the world. Le Grand Adventure Tours specializes in Ski, Snowboard, Mountain Bike, Road Bike, Surfing, Yoga and Stand Up Paddling (SUP) adventure tours around the globe. Their Adventure Collections will offer Day-Tours, Multi-Day Tours, Multi-Sport Tours, Pro-Series Adventure Tours, Private Tours, Corporate Group Adventures, Wedding Group Adventures, and Adventure Honeymoons.

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LGA’s Headquarters are in Truckee, CA where they offer day and multi-day trips around the beautiful Lake Tahoe and Northern California areas. The “imaginary nation” of Truckee/Tahoe recently achieved four medals (three gold, one bronze) in the 2014 Winter Olympics, putting it ahead of the real country of Great Britain. Tahoe is a proud community and LGA cares about supporting athletes and giving back to the local communities, environment and deep-rooted connections that they have established over the years. Through this philosophy they have built relationships with people around the world that share the same commitment to the environment and passion for traveling and sport adventures. All of LGA’s trips support the local community by working with local businesses, charities, guides and people of the area. LGA donates a part of their proceeds each year to the HighFives Foundation in Truckee, CA as they are dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes that have suffered a life-altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community. LGA Tours strives as a company to have a minimal impact on the environments they visit and strongly believe in leaving no trace unless it’s a nice powder turn!

Le Grand Adventure Tours is dedicated to the customer experience and providing guests with a trip of a lifetime. Have you ever shown up to a destination and not know where to start or where to go? Have you ever spent too much time trying to plan and research for your next vacation? Le Grand Adventure Tours will take care of the planning for you so you can enjoy your vacation and experience these incredible locations like a local. Let LGA Tours show you the most picturesque mountains and back country runs, scenic roads, and some of the best mountain bike trails and single track that you would not normally find on a map. LGA Tours will show guests historic landmarks, provide history facts for the different regions they visit and immerse everyone into the local culture. Imagine your dream adventure sports trip to some of the world’s most iconic destinations and getting the secret sweet spots every time! Experience the local culture, taste the local flavor, and see natures finest masterpieces with your own eyes. LGA’s experienced guides and guest professional athletes will take you to places that you have only dreamed about- Switzerland, Hawaii, France, Italy, Austria, Japan, South America, Lake Tahoe and Colorado.

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Jeff and Crystal Robertson both had a dream to start an adventure travel company long before they ever met. At some point throughout their first couple of years dating they realized they both longed for the same “DREAM BUSINESS Idea.” One day they realized they were not living their lives to their fullest potentials and they decided to jump and not be afraid of their dreams. Jeff has over 25 years experience in the adventure sports industry. He has traveled the world for competitions, guided friends as well as professional athletes on ski and bike trips to numerous locations over the years. Jeff appeared on the cover of an international ski magazine, and has appeared in ski films and TV shows. Crystal grew up a travel and sport enthusiast, scuba diving around the world, rafting throughout California and snowboarding around the Western United States. Crystal is a Certified Rescue Scuba Diver and currently working towards her Yoga Teacher Certification. “Together, we have a dream, to explore & seek new adventures and to discover the full power of our potential.”

To find out more about Le Grande Adventure Tours, CLICK HERE to visit their website.

The lack of snow and hot weather doesn’t stop Adrian Dingle breaking his skis out and picking his line. Watch his latest edit where he took full advantage of the little snow left and chose his line consisting of grass rides, rock hops, and to finish off, a pond skim.