Pro Night at TMS Proves that Gear Matters

This week Tahoe Mountain Sports hosted our annual pro night, a night where we stay open late and offer killer deals to give back to our local search and rescue teams, ski patrol, firemen, policemen and other outdoor industry professionals.

Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue came out en masse to take advantage of the deals, including president Russ Viehmann and 28-year TNSAR member Randall Osterhuber (pictured left and right, above). We in the shop can surely talk your ear off about why gear is so important, but hearing from these guys really drives it home.

“People who dress well do better than most,” said Osterhuber, referring to those lost in the wilderness. Rule #1: Don’t wear jeans. They may seam an easy, durable choice, but one wrong turn and once they get wet, they stay wet. Case in point is our region’s recent search in which a man set off from his Galena residence wearing jeans and snowshoes, and never came back. All available search and rescue were dispatched to no avail; Rick Gentry remains missing.

Mike Lefrancois was one of TNSAR’s members who aided in the search efforts, and remarked that he brought 3 waterproof jackets for his day of volunteering, and used them all.

Ted from Nevada County Search and Rescue was also in attendance and recalled his 24 hours one day, then 12 hours the next on the successful Peter Grubb Hut rescue last season. These long hours in extreme weather certainly call for efficient layering, and the best in waterproofing, breathability and mobility.

Thanks again to all our local professionals who stopped by, and enjoy your new gear!

Pictured above are Chase from Alpine Meadows Ski Patrol in his new Black Diamond Factor Boots; our bustling ski/boot-fitting section; Doug from Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue in his new Outdoor Research Yukon Cap; and Jeff, also from TNSAR, in a fresh pair of Patagonia Powder Bowl Pants.

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