How do you Tahoe? Do you Tahoe by biking or relaxing on the beach? By visiting a farmers market or jumping off a pier? Maybe you Tahoe by preparing for a backpacking challenge, perhaps on the Pacific Crest Trail?

“There’s so many ways that people can Tahoe. It’s always known as a name and place, but it could be an action,” said Patty Baird, who uses “Tahoe” as a verb when promoting Tahoe Trips & Trails, the adventure company that she and her husband, Jeff, operate out of their boutique lodging property in Truckee, the Cedar House Sport Hotel.

This summer, the Bairds inserted a hash tag in front of the question and named their summer speaker series #HowDoYouTahoe, which features outdoor-themed fundraisers that benefit selected nonprofits. April’s event, “The Spirit of Adventure” showcasing journalist Nicole Dreon and her photographs of women athletes in Africa, raised $1,000 for Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC).

“The guests left inspired and happy … they not only got good eats from Stella [Cedar House’s restaurant] and listened to a fun talk, they helped pay the tuition for a lucky student,” Baird said about the fundraiser for ARC, an organization that builds leadership and literacy in underserved youth through outdoor experiences.

The next #HowDoYouTahoe lecture, “The Mind, Heart and Soles of Thru-Hikers” on June 17, brings six panelists who will share their experiences on the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,650-mile hiking route from Mexico to Canada that winds by Tahoe/Truckee peaks. The evening will also include a screening of “PCT Class of 2012,” a film that takes the viewer through the entire trail with music and entertaining hiker commentary.

Denver-based panelist Liz Thomas hiked the PCT in 2009 when she was 23. Since then, she has hiked the Continental Divide Trail, and she holds the speed record for the Appalachian Trail. While Thomas has achieved the triple crown of hiking, and backpacked over 10,000 miles across the U.S., she has only hiked the PCT once.

“If I get the time, I would like to do it again,” she said.

Her initial quest to hike the PCT began as part of an outdoor club at Claremont-McKenna College, which frequently crossed the PCT on its hikes, piquing her curiosity. She began researching the PCT and doing backpack trips, starting off with the Tahoe Rim Trail.

Her advice to anyone interested in a thru-hike is do your homework early: talk to others about their experiences and utilize all the information on the Pacific Crest Trail Association’s website.

“I would sit in my dorm room, planning, fantasizing, and dreaming. That was crucial,” Thomas said.

~ Tanya Canino/Moonshine Ink

Next #HowDoYouTahoe Speaker Event:

WHAT: “Beer + Gear: Spotlight on ultra-light backpacking”

WHEN: Tuesday, July 22, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Cedar House Sport Hotel

WHY: Learn tips from the pros while supporting the Pacific Crest Trail Association with the $20 admission


Info: $20 admission to support PCT Association, includes appetizers, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Cedar House Sport Hotel, 10918 Brockway Rd., Truckee, (530) 587-2251,