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The Tahoe Basin, with its alpine lakes, snow-capped mountains and rocky cliffs, is an adventure enthusiast’s dream. Students of Sierra Nevada College who lack the proper equipment can still take advantage of exploring the surrounding area with help from the on-campus gear room.

The gear room, which is overseen by SNC faculty and staffed by students, carries almost any equipment needed in order to camp, paddle board, rock climb, kayak or hike in the Sierras.

“We want people to take advantage of what we have available,” professor Daryl Teittinen, who manages the gear room, said. “Being able to get out and enjoy the Tahoe Basin is one of the coolest things about SNC.”

Students can check out tents, backpacks, sleeping bags and camping stoves for no extra charge. A fee for the gear room equipment is included in students’ annual cost of attendance, and is paid by all students whether or not they take advantage.

“A lot of the equipment here is expensive,” Paige Mahuka, who works at the gear room, said. “It saves the ODAL students money.”

Mahuka said that many of the students who visit the gear room are outdoor adventure leadership and science students, but the equipment is available for everyone to use for designated SNC classes or extracurricular exploration.

“We just ask that you be respectful and return the equipment on time so that other students can use it,” Teittinen said.

A fee of $20 per week is charged for late equipment, and students are responsible for any repairs or damages to the equipment. Students will be charged a replacement fee if the equipment is lost or stolen during its contracted time of use. e gear room is located on the first floor of TCES near the greenhouse and is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from noon-6 p.m. and 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Friday.

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