Sierra Nevada College student Aaron Vanderpool and Andy Rost, associate professor at SNC, began using software such as Google Earth to learn how to model watersheds.The team got a grant for $9,000 from NASA to carry out the project. The faculty was given $5,000 in grant money, and the student was given $4,000.
Have you ever caught yourself glaring with envy at paddle boarders who seem to glide effortlessly across the lake? Thanks to a joint collaboration between Outdoor Adventure Leadership (ODAL) Instructor Daryl Teittinen and Dean of Students Will Hoida, students can now rent paddle boards, financed by the student activities fund, to use for fun in their spare time from the gear room free of charge.
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is a water sport that is gaining in popularity. According to the North Lake Tahoe website it is really basic, you simply stand on a giant surf board and glide along with a single paddle.
“Paddle boarding is pretty easy to get into if you don’t have a lot of experience and it is a really great way of getting out on the lake, exploring around and having a great time,” said Teittinen.
Despite its growing prominence, SUP is an expensive sport and as Junior Tom Loeschner points out, not everyone can participate.
“Paddle boarding is getting really popular, but not all of us can afford them. I hope I can rent one out,” said Loeschner.
Students have a great opportunity with this program to be able to rent out one of the nine paddle boards that are now available through the gear room in the Tahoe Center of Environmental Science (TCES) building.
“Students come to the gear room, the gear room staff will have them fill out a particular form where they have to agree to abide by our particular system and then our staff will help them get checked out with a paddle board, paddle, wetsuit and life jacket then send them out there,” said Teittinen.
Hoida explains one of the hurdles of checking out paddle boards in the past was the risk and danger of being out on the water.
“Lake Tahoe can be very dangerous because the water gets quite chilly. Sometimes the water, in just the matter of an hour, can go from calm to waves like the ocean. So that has always been our hesitation- how do we safely rent paddle boards to students and have them be safe,” said Hoida.
Teittinen and Hoida created a special form that students are required to sign before renting out a paddle board, acknowledging they are aware of the risks involved with SUP and promising to wear a full wetsuit, lifejacket, and neoprene booties.
Sierra Nevada College Alumni Brad Flora and Senior Lloyd Garden have begun an entrepreneurial adventure centering on their love of the ski industry and their Ski Business and Resort Management Majors.
The idea for Resort Report was conceived when Garden was in Switzerland for an internship.
“I was going to a bunch of different ski resorts and Brad and I were Skyping about the ski resorts and I was talking about how I didn’t know really where to go and ski or when I got there where to go or where the best lines were and where I could find the best powder,” said Garden.
Garden discovered that there was a lack of videos on YouTube that gave inside access to ski resorts. Though his internship with FIS (International Ski Federation), Garden learned that there was an opportunity to use YouTube to fill a need in the ski industry.
“We’d make videos based on three different categories. One for park, one for all-mountain and one for family,” said Garden. “One mountain, three videos and it would give an idea of what to look for when going to a ski resort.”
Resorts already have promotional videos of their mountain, but these videos are biased.
“They give you the image that the consumer wants to see,” said Flora.
Travel bloggers on YouTube give an insider’s perspective to the places they’ve been and that is what is missing in the ski industry.
“You have to have the local’s point of view,” said Garden. “And it’s hard to be a local at all these places you haven’t been to.”
Garden and Flora plan to tackle all the Tahoe resorts this next winter and then branch out from there.
SNC professors Richard Gire, Kendra Wong and Tim Cohee have played a role in the development of Resort Report.
“SNC has been such a valuable asset to our success thus far. Even being able to come back here and have this open environment to sit down and work and talk to (Richard) Gire if we need to,” said Flora.
Resort Report is a licensed business and the official name is Aerial Promotions LLC, DBA (doing business as) Resort Report.
Garden and Flora have invested about $11,000 into their venture and plan to apply for loan.
The goal of this venture according to resort-report.com is “to create the number one ski resort rating system and to help guide you to what resort will be the best fit for each individual.”
You wouldn’t think getting outside for 30 minutes a day would be so difficult, especially living with wilderness just a step outside the front door, but the challenge is real for college student’s with busy schedules. For every hour I sit in the library, instead of satisfying my instinctual drive to be outside, my nerves madden and my young butt aches in discomfort, literally. Time to make the time, get off the struggle bus, and get outside.
All too often incoming students preparing for their Wilderness Orientation trip or for their first Outdoor Adventure Leadership (ODAL) trip assume backcountry cooking means yucky and simple food. Through years of experience, ODAL Program Director Rosie Hackett explains that you do not have to sacrifice quality or style in backcountry cooking.
While the peppered sky swirled with ashen clouds, nine Sierra Nevada College students arrived on Friday, Feb. 9 at Sugar Pine Point State Park on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, preparing for the three day Leadership 201 backpacking trip on snowshoes to Ludlow Hut.
As fragile snowflakes dusted her jacket, Sophomore Chelsea Hollingsworth strapped on her bulky snowshoes and hoisted the heavy pack onto her back at General Creek Campground.
“I knew I was in for an adventure, but I had no clue what an adventure it would be!” said Hollingsworth. “Rain, snow, slush, crossing rivers, frozen lakes. It ended up being the experience of a lifetime!”
Supervised by Rosie Hackett, Outdoor Adventure Leadership program director and Chuck Roesch, a former Leadership 201 student who excelled on the trip in spring 2013, the Leadership class practiced map reading, compass and navigating skills to traverse the mountains.
Because of the recent snowfall and the sharp angle of slopes around them, the class was constantly wary of any avalanche threats. It took the Leadership group about six hours to navigate seven miles through the dense woods before reaching Ludlow Hut, a wooden A-Frame built in the 1950’s that offers refuge against the elements with two wood-burning stoves inside.
On Sunday, Feb. 11, the group departed from Ludlow Hut at 8:30 a.m., in anticipation of the imminent rain storm that inched closer with each minute. The journey back to General Creek Campground proved to be the most challenging part of their weekend.
“It was the most fun I never want to have again,” said Junior Christian Cattell.
The torrential downpour was unforgiving and took its toll on the students throughout the day.
“I definitely reached a point where I didn’t even notice being soaked to the bone and absolutely cold,” said Cattell. “It was something about the fact that I couldn’t properly manipulate my fingers that made me laugh at everything.”
The harsh weather put the students on edge and made navigating difficult.
“They were monsoon rains in winter,” said Freshman Aidan Drumstas. “Sure it was challenging, but that is what ODAL is about. Being uncomfortable is necessary in order to be part of a team and learn- it’s just pushing past the pain.”
Arriving back at the campground around 4:30 p.m., everyone in the Leadership class was soaking wet, exhausted and proud.
“If it hadn’t been so cold and wet and challenging, we wouldn’t have learned so much about ourselves,” Hollingsworth said. “It prepared us to get through future situations where things don’t go as planned.”
Senior Heath Pierson, an Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Art major at Sierra Nevada College, presented his exhibit “67 lbs.” in the Tahoe Gallery on Nov. 14.
Daryl Teittinen strides across the bustling office to the copy machine, flipping through papers he has prepared for his next class. The incandescent fluorescent lighting paired with the cool air conditioned breeze filtering through the hallway seems like an odd environment for Teittinen, who is much more comfortable working outdoors. With a passion for adventure and outdoor education, Teittinen has worn through more than one pair of hiking boots. “I’ve worked on backpacking trips, guided rock climbing, and worked as a ski patroller and whitewater rafting guide,” Teittinen said.