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  • Writer's pictureLeah Wz

Nothing beats Type I Fun: The Tahoe Via

Within the outdoor community, there's a special reverence for the sufferfest—the grueling approach, the unforgiving elements, a near death decision, the tales of survival shared afterward.

And while every once in a while, the story of the Type 3 adventure is thrilling to recant, I think we can all agree... there's nothing quite like a blissful day of Type I Fun. Picture it: sun shining, everyone grinning from ear to ear, followed by refreshing drinks at the local brewery. You're tired, sure, but not overly so. It's the kind of day where you snap countless joyful group photos, uploading an insta story feed full of fun.

Last week, the Gear Hut crew had the opportunity to soak in a day of Type I fun and take on the Tahoe Via up at Palisades. Under the expert guidance of Tim M (the Great!), we embarked on the epic 4 Hour Tour. Because it's early season, the road wasn't quite melted out for us to get shuttled up in "the Beast"; but our mild approach was a great warm up and provided tantalizing glimpses of the formidable, rock face we were about to conquer.

What sets the Tahoe Via apart is its seamless design. Your guide will brief you on the straightforward continuous system, allowing you to focus on the climb rather than grappling with technical gear. This means more opportunities to soak in the awe-inspiring vistas and less time wrestling with tricky carabiners (like many other high ropes or obstacle courses). The Tahoe Via team provides helmets, gloves, harnesses, and their easy connection system. All you need are sturdy closed-toe shoes (we recommend approach shoes!) and a fanny pack with essentials like your phone, water, and snacks for a summit refuel. Then you're ready to take a deep breath, hold tight, and ascend 800 feet using installed cables, metal footholds, and ladder rungs as you explore the typically inaccessible Tram Face! TOP THREE REASONS The Tahoe Via is the day of Type I fun you need to experience this summer:

1) Spectacular Scenery with Minimal Hassle: Unlike many outdoor adventures that require extensive gear and preparation, the Tahoe Via offers stunning views and exhilarating climbs without the logistical headaches. With a guide, provided equipment and a continuous system, you can focus on enjoying the breathtaking landscape rather than worrying about technicalities. Aka, no mental load. Just good times! 2) Accessible for All Skill Levels: Whether you're a seasoned climber or a novice adventurer, the Tahoe Via caters to all levels of experience as no technical climbing experience is required. (For real! If Grandma can climb a ladder, bring Grandma!). With expert guidance, it's an inclusive activity that invites everyone to participate, making it an enjoyable experience for the whole group.

3) Group Bonding and Shared Memories: One of the highlights of Type I fun is the camaraderie and shared experiences; whether you're out as a family, a group of friends or as a business retreat. The Tahoe Via fosters a sense of teamwork and togetherness as you conquer challenges and celebrate victories as a group. From snapping photos to swapping stories over post-adventure drinks, the day will make your summer highlight reel.

So, if you need an escape from the summer heat down in Reno... Head up the mountain for a morning reservation; slip into those 9" inseam shorts and pack a windbreaker, gearing up to conquer the towering cliffs that dominate Palisades' skyline. Sneak in your reservation  this summer!  The Via is also a great "staycation" idea, or something to bring visiting friends and family out to do, avoiding the crowds on Tahoe, but offering the adventure of the summer.

A HUGE "Thank You" to the Alpenglow team and Tahoe Via for getting Gear Hut out for a solid day of Type I fun!


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