In an effort to better understand the effects the drought is having on the ancient redwoods of Northern California, professional climber Chris Sharma free climbs to the canopies of the giant redwoods using only his hands, his feet, and a rope and harness to protect him from falls. Once reaching the tree tops, Sharma collects branch samples to help two UC Berkley Tree Biologists study the redwoods by measuring the tree’s water status at different levels to use as an indicator of how they have been affected by the California’s severe drought.

Looking for a spot to SUP in the Tahoe-Truckee area? Here are 10 of the best paddleboard trips you can take in the Tahoe-Truckee area, courtesy of the Tahoe Magazine and Sierra Sun.


“TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Perhaps there’s little coincidence that the Hawaiian phrase for stand-up paddleboarding — “Hoe he’e nalu” — has a little bit of Tahoe in it.

The sport is more popular than ever at Lake Tahoe and Donner Lake. Below, find a quick-hit list of the region’s 10 best places to stand-up paddle.

1. Zephyr Cove to Cave Rock — 4 miles

A little more technical than the sandy South Shore paddles, a trip from Zephyr Cove to Cave Rock will take you around rocky points and past several small neighborhoods. Other than a couple rocky islands, there aren’t a ton of landing spots, so bring some snacks and water.

2. Sand Harbor to Crystal Bay — 7 miles along the shore 4.3 miles across bay

Hands down, Sand Harbor has to be one of the most beautiful places to paddle on the lake. Just to the north, you begin to lose the crowds. There are a handful of tiny coves with quaint little beaches on which to picnic.”

3. Sugar Pine Point State Park to D.L. Bliss State Park — 3.6 miles across Meeks Bay

A favorite among Lake Tahoe kayak groups, Sugar Pine Point State Park is an easy place to launch. Head south and you’ll have miles of sandy beach before you run into the rocky outcroppings of D.L. Bliss. Feeling wild? Take a jump off Rooster Rock.

4. Tahoe City to Homewood — 6 miles

Home to what has to be some of the prettiest, clearest sandy bottoms on Lake Tahoe, the West Shore is a fantastic place for a cruise. Ringed by Highway 89, it’s easy to do one-way drop-offs of any distance.”

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Let’s hope this next winter is a good one here in the Sierras! If not we might all need to take a trip to Peru and get some turns in SandSkiing!

To avoid a running injury that may put you out of the game, possible for weeks, the first thing you need to know is what injuries are common for runners and which individuals are at risk. Read the article “6 Common Running Injuries to Avoid” written by Beth Dreher from Runners World to learn how to avoid common running injuries.


By Beth Dreher

“The only thing runners fear more than rabid dogs and porta-potty emergencies is getting hurt. An injury means taking a break, and runners hate the thought of losing fitness, gaining weight, or missing an endorphin fix. But what if you knew what injuries you were likely to face — before a single symptom struck?

Sports physician Jack Taunton, M.D., and exercise scientist Michael Ryan, both recreational runners from the University of British Columbia, were studying sports injuries four years ago when they recognized a lack of data linking specific traits, weight, gender, foot type — to running injuries. So they decided to conduct research that was later published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. “We found that certain injuries were statistically more significant among particular people,” Ryan says. “Women are more likely to experience one kind of knee pain — patellofemoral pain syndrome — while men are more likely to experience another — patellar tendonitis.”

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