Adventures at Mt. Rose

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December 23, 2021 by Olya Andronova

I have skied my heart out for the past three days at Mt. Rose Ski Resort located in Nevada.  I am super thrilled to be back on my skis this year.  Due to COVID-19, I have skipped the entire season last year skiing or teaching to prevent and reduce the risk of catching COVID-19.  This …

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Monkey Rock in Winter

Snowshoe Hike to Monkey Rock

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December 14, 2021 by Olya Andronova

We have received over 2 feet of snow in Lake Tahoe area.  One of my favorite things, I love to do every winter in Lake Tahoe is to take a hike to Monkey Rock.  Monkey Rock Trail is a 2.6 mile out and back located near Incline Village-Crystal Bay, Nevada that features a lake and …

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Mt. Rose Summit

Sierra: Mt. Rose Summit

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October 17, 2021 by Olya Andronova

I did a hike to the top of Mt. Rose. It took me a 5 1/2 hours to get to the top and back. Mount Rose Summit is located in the Carson Range near Mount Rose and Slide Mountain northeast of Incline Village. Mt. Rose trail offers stunning views and a challenging option for those …

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Exploring Coast Redwoods in Northern California

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September 6, 2021 by Olya Andronova

This Labor Day weekend, I took a trip to Redwoods National and State Parks. After driving 462 miles from Lake Tahoe to the coast of Northern California, I was thrilled to hit the trails and immerse myself in nature.  After visiting a couple of groves, coastal redwoods almost seem to be immortal. Their eight to …

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Day Hikes in Zion National Park

Zion NP: Top Day Hikes to Explore

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July 30, 2021 by Olya Andronova

Did you know about 200 million years ago Zion was a barren desert? Yes. Barren desert, buried deep in dunes of wind blown sand that resembles the modern-day Sahara. These great dune fields later solidified into stone to form the Navajo sandstone formation. This formation is more than 2,000 feet thick in places, and it …

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Trail Camp, Mt. Whitney Trail

My trip to Trail Camp via Mt. Whitney Trail

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May 7, 2021 by Olya Andronova

I had a hard day yesterday on Mt. Whitney Trail hiking from Whitney Portal. With with all the snow in the Sierras and getting an altitude sickness later in the day, I avoided climbing to the top of Whitney the next morning.  Experienced  small abrasions and minor bleeding on my right hand after falling and …

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Peter Grubb Ski Hut

Snowshoe Day Hike to Peter Grubb Ski Hut

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March 30, 2021 by Olya Andronova

Snowshoeing to Peter Grubb Ski Hut has been on my bucket list for the longest period of time. Today, I made it happen! I hiked my way in snow and approaching storms to get to the hut. I made my way to the Peter Grubbs Hut.  Peter Grubb Hut is located below Castle Peak in …

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Andesite Peak

Snowshoeing to Andesite Peak

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January 9, 2021 by Olya Andronova

Super fun day today snowshoeing to Andesite Peak.  I was planning to do the trek last weekend, but with the storms rolling in, I decided to postpone it till this weekend.  Beautiful clear skiers.  It feels SO magical to be outside!  I could not ask for a better day like today! The climb to 8,219-foot …

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Castle Peak Snowshoe Hike

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January 1, 2021 by Olya Andronova

Snowshoe Hike to Castle Peak is an incredible experience! With winter here, the trail to Castle Peak is excellent for snowshoeing or cross country skiing. Today, I got to see great views of mountain peaks to the south and east. Castle Peak itself is a dramatic volcanic summit, covered with ice and snow in the …

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