Tahoe Summer Gear Rentals: Backpacking Gear and Camping Equipment

Rent Camping Gear and Backpacking Equipment for your Lake Tahoe trip!

Here at Tahoe Mountain Sports we understand you can’t bring everything with you while traveling and some of the things you can bring are often forgotten at home. Nothing beats remembering exactly where you put your sleeping pad and realizing it’s 1,000 miles away at home. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered on the basics with our outdoor gear rentals.

Rent a Backpack or Child Carrier Backpack

There are seemingly endless opportunities to explore from quick day hikes to spending two-weeks on the Tahoe Rim Trail or in Desolation Wilderness. When your sense of adventure urges you off the beach and on to the trail we’ve got your back! Men’s and Women’s Specific Backpacks are available for rent in a variety of sizes to fits your needs. We even rent Child Carrier Backpacks. Fully adjustable to fit mom or dad, these innovative packs function as a gear hauler and as a comfortable seat for your little one – rentals come equipped with a sunshade to protect their sensitive skin. This way they can sit back, relax and enjoy the view while you hike comfortably with the weight of a child plus trail supplies on your back. Rent a backpack in Tahoe and get out into our countless acres of beautiful wilderness!

Tents for Rent

We have a great selection of tents for rent for your backpacking or car camping trip.  Backpacking tents are lighter and less durable while car camping tents have more space, are heavier weight and more durable.  We also can put together packages for larger groups and have a one person tent available, please call for more details.  Our rental tents come from top brands including Nemo, Sierra Designs, Slumberjack, Kelty and MSR.  We offer tent rentals for up to four people per tent. Our tents have the newest technology and include rain flies and tent stakes. Click the image below to see specific details about the tents we rent.

Sleeping Bags and Sleeping Pads

As comfortable as they are making tent floors these days (“ahem!”), your sleeping bag alone may not be enough to rough it on some of the more rocky terrain that the Sierras provide. Stop in and grab a sleeping pad so you can spend the night actually sleeping! Inflatable sleeping pads make a big difference because they can pack down really small and they fit easily into a pack without adding a lot of weight.

All around the lake there are amazing campsites, so it’s tough to fight the urge to go out and camp. Don’t forget to pick up a Lake Tahoe Map to help you pick out the perfect campsite!

The “Bear” Necessities

Bears are not found everywhere in the world, but they are out-and-about here in Tahoe, and part of being a responsible hiker or camper is protecting your food from bears and vice-versa. Get yourself a Bear Canister for your trip. For many local campsites and thru-trails a bear canister is required. This canister will store up to eight days worth of food. It’s easy to use and can be stored in your backpack. A bear can is also a good idea if you plan on leaving your campsite unattended to keep bears, or pesky squirrels and birds, from getting to your food supply.

Water Filters and Camp Stoves

In addition to carrying food you will need to take drinking water. The altitude around the lake can dehydrate you fast and you will crave fresh water. There are some lots of drier areas, including stretches of the Tahoe Rim Trail where water is hard to come by, so don’t be caught without a water filter.  Be sure the water you are drinking is safe and bacteria-free. Our affordable water filter rentals will help you stay well nourished and maintain energy for your trip.

After a long day of exploring nothing tastes better than a hot meal. I don’t know why but everything seems to taste better when you eat it outside while camping. For your cooking enjoyment we have gas stoves and canister stoves including Jetboil backpacking stoves and the MSR PocketRocket and Whisperlite.

Camping Food and Meals

We can’t “rent” camping food but we do have some tasty camping and backpacking food available for purchase.  After a full day in the backcountry you are going to want food that provides the right nourishment, gives you strength and tastes good.  There are many options depending on how far and how long you are going.  A good rule of thumb is to pack 1.5 to 2 pounds of food with 2,500 – 3,500 calories per day made up of complex carbohydrates and proteins.  Nuts and dried fruits or canned tuna with crackers are great snacks.  It’s also always a good idea to include food items that don’t need cooking in case your stove malfunctions.

Fresh foods are great for the first day or two of your backcountry adventure.  For longer trips you’ll want to include dry foods like pasta, noodles, instant rice, soup mixes, drink mixes and dehydrated foods. We are here to help you plan and gear up for your next trip.

Check out this blog post from Michelle Shea at Adventure Dining Guide on Backcountry Nutrition with some great tips so you can stay fueled up on your next adventure!

kings beach hiking trails
A beautiful view from our local trail network behind Kings Beach.

Have fun this summer and don’t let a lack of equipment be the reason you don’t have tons of fun! Our camping gear rental process is fast and easy. You can also call ahead to check availability and reserve equipment.

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