Top 5 Stormy Day Leave No Trace Reads

Reno, NV: Winter can be a great time to test out our your waterproof gear but it can also mean stormy nights cuddled around a fireplace. Here are a few of our top reads for keeping your adventurous, minimum-impact soul alive and well, even when you don't feel like braving the weather: 

Finder's Keepers: A Tale of Archeological Plunder and Obsession

By Craig Childs

Childs asks the question, where do artifacts belong? In a box under our bed? In a museum collection? Left where it was found to weather from the elements of nature? Following his search for an answer, Childs unveils the ethical dilemma we all face when we find treasure from the past. You’ll rethink your own ethics as Childs dissembles the history of our human drive to plunder, take, and possess.

2. Under the Stars: How America Fell in Love with Camping

by Dan White

We all love camping, but have you ever wondered why? White goes back in history to see where our exuberance of the campout became rooted and follows its evolvement into our modern day understanding. From believing that the woods held dark and devilish creatures, to brownie girl scouts saving the marshmallow with the invention of Smore’s, and Mt. Whitney’s trouble with overcrowding and human waste, Dan discovers the reality of each phase by trying it out himself. Including a march up the 14,505ft mountain to try pooping in a bag for himself.

3. The Last Season

By Eric Blehm

When backcountry ranger, Randy Morgenson, went missing from his post in the wilderness of Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park theories of the mysterious disappearance circled as the grueling search ended with no results. Morgenson, referred to as the ‘Conscience of the Backcountry’ was a hero of wilderness ethics. Fighting for the protection of meadows and rescuing numerous lost hikers over his 28 seasons of working as a backcountry wilderness ranger, his entry reports and diaries eloquently describe his love of the Sierra’s and often thankless job of protecting it.

4. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World

by Peter Wohleben

Bringing new science to tree-huggers every where, Wohleben, a long-time forester and conservationist shows that trees are a lot like human families, protecting and even communicating with each other. After reading this book, you will never step into an old grove forest again without feeling amazed by the interconnectedness of species and the beauty of life and death in nature.

5. The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light

by Paul Bogard

Delving into the science of light technology, Bogard believes our world is now overcome with bad lighting--altering hunting patterns of nocturnal animals, contributing to the rise of poor health in humans, and ultimately forcing the disappearance of darkness and the brilliance of the night sky. But beyond getting people to turn off their glaring home lighting so we can enjoy the ancient tradition of stargazing and protecting sea turtles from seashore lighting by replacing poor street light design, Bogard shows us that humans are still learning how we can live better to minimize our impacts on the world we love.

Bonus Read-

Leave No Trace in the Outdoors

By Jeffrey Marion

Think you’re a Leave No Trace master? If you haven’t read this guide to Leave No Trace you might be missing a few tips! Read for a deeper understanding of the 7 Principles and the tricks you need for practicing an outdoor ethic. 

Enjoy Your World. Leave No Trace.

Leave No Trace's Donielle Stevens and Aaron Hussmann 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, Fjallraven, Eno, Deuter, Thule, Smartwool, and Taxa Outdoors.