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Venturing Out Tours Cooking Up Great Adventure For Guests in Truckee

Written by Charlie Pankey

Local Truckee Couple Dedicated to Living a Life Of Adventure and Sharing The Experience With Others.

Sierra Rec Magazine – Truckee CA, February 2019 – As a bright eyed two year old sliding down the slopes at Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort with her parents, Nikki Umatum would never dream her life may lead her from Southern California to a 24 hour adventure lifestyle in Truckee California.  Fast forward to college, studying International Business at San Francisco State and daring to actually spend time writing down her life goals; including an increasing desire to have adventure be a defining feature of her life. Nikki Umatum found herself driving to the mountains to take the slopes in the Tahoe Basin, even going so far as to write down a few random business names if she was ever able to do adventure for a living. Venturing Out was on the list!

Nikki Umatum the owner and operator of Venturing Out Adventure tours in Truckee CA would then meet Chad Johnson. And get introduced to back country skiing in the Tahoe Basin. As Chad traveled with his split board Nikki would truck along in her snowshoes before strapping on the board and carving out the perfect route in the High Sierra. She would be hooked. The great outdoors needed to be explored more, she needed to spend more time doing adventure in her life and she wanted others to enjoy what she was so passionate about in the outdoors.

And Just like that Venturing Out Adventures was born. In the Spring of 2018, Nikki and Chad took a leap of faith together and began offering outdoor adventures into Desolation Wilderness during the summer, enjoying many trips with visitors to the region into Desolation Wilderness. As winter season approached Nikki new that her love for Snowshoeing would be an easy transition and allow Venturing Out to establish itself as a year round guided adventure option in the Truckee / Tahoe basin.

Snowshoeing from glacier way to sunrise bowl in Truckee has its advantages, as on a clear bluebird day in the Sierra you can see most of the peaks in the Tahoe Basin and panoramic 360 views on the entire Sierra Region around Truckee. However Nikki knew that if visitors from around the world were going to invest in an guided adventure she needed to produce more than just a four hour snow trip with a view.  So Nikki took to the kitchen and started designing a custom home cooked meal experience for her guest, taking into consideration dietary needs of her guests. Venturing Out snow adventures include a variety of homemade soups that Nikki cooks up the day before and prepares for her guests on their snowshoe adventure.

Venturing Out Tours are booked directly with Nikki, who admits that web design is not her passion & prefers to interact with her guests via her instagram page @_venturing_out_ .

“Most of our reservations are actually made through Airbnb tour package”, says Nikki. However, visitors that want to learn more about venturing out and get more information on upcoming tours can visit

Venturing Out Adventures – Here To Explore ~ Happy Heart. Youthful Soul. Beautiful Spirit. As professional Guides, we excel in helping you plan your perfect adventure. Not just any adventure, but truly exceptional trips filled with inspiring and enriching experiences. We believe in seeing the world in the most unique way possible, and we want to share our knowledge and passion for adventure and tourism with all of those whom we guide. /aboutus

Booking a winter adventure with Venturing Out this winter provides you with a world class snowshoeing location, snowshoes and poles, and the homemade cuisine plus a fun  and energetic team to guide you based on your experience level. “ Every tour is just a little different, as Chad and I focus on our guests and gauge the fitness level and our guests abilities as we choose the best course for that group.” We love doing what we love, and we love sharing it with guests who want to experience a little of the Sierra with a locals perspective.

Nikki, like so many Sierra explorers has many favorites in the Sierra. Skiing the back country around Tahoe, hiking Desolation Wilderness, Dicks lake is her favorite location to date, but she can’t wait to explore more the Desolation lakes this summer.  Her favorite Sierra location is Matterhorn Peak  and Travertine Hot springs. Like many of us who hike and explore Patagonia is on her dream destination list. “This world has so many amazing places to explore” Nikki Umatum.

Venturing Out will also be expanding their spring and summer adventures this summer to include Full Adventure Weekends which will include a guided weekend of adventure catered to the group and potentially a rental home. If you are headed to Truckee or the Lake Tahoe basin this winter or later this spring and summer, You might want to up your adventure quota and see what Venturing Out Adventures is cooking up this weekend for a great local experience.

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Charlie Pankey

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