Bigfoot's Morning Routine

Las Vegas, NV: We were lucky enough to catch our mascot, Bigfoot, one morning this fall in Nevada. How does this elusive creature manage to always Leave No Trace? Check out our footage of his morning routine, captured early one morning in the desert where he seemed to be enjoying a brilliant fall sunrise. 

 

Want to be like Bigfoot? Us too! Here are three things we do every morning to Leave No Trace like the big guy. 

  • Strain dishwater, throw away food scraps and dispose of our dishwater according to local regulations. Sometimes, campgrounds provide drains or special sinks for dishwater. Some recommend flushing dishwater down the toilet. Other times, we walk as far away from our site, trails and water sources as possible and scatter our food-free dishwater, just like Bigfoot. And, despite their name, coffee grounds don't belong on the ground. They're pretty ugly and they attract animals to campsites. Make sure they go in trash!
  • And speaking of coffee...no bathroom? No problem! We check local regulations to learn what to do with our, uh, doo. This could be digging 6-8 inch cathole, 200 feet from camp, water sources and trails. In desert environments, where there's little microbial action in the soil to break down waste, catholes can be closer to 4-6 inches from the surface so that the hot sun can help it biodegrade. How wide? As wide as it needs to be, which is why Bigfoot's hole might be a bigger-than-normal diameter. In some areas, it's better - or required - to pack out waste in a WAG bag.
  • Because we camp almost every night, we've learned how to stay pretty clean on the road, even when there's no shower nearby. One thing we never do is bathe in a river or lake. Even biodegradable soap can take months or years to break down, wreaking havoc in aquatic ecosystems in the meantime; especially considering the cumulative effects of many campers' washing themselves or dishes in popular camping areas near water. 

Ready to be like Bigfoot? Us too!

Enjoy Your World. Leave No Trace.

Jessie and Matt, Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Team West

Leave No Trace's Jessie Johnson and Matt Schneider are part of the 2017 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, REI, Eagles Nest Outfitters, Deuter, Thule, Klean Kanteen, Smartwool, and Taxa Outdoors.