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Jan 20, 2015

Learn what to do and what not to do when you are traveling in slick rock country in this educational and fun video.

 

Thanks for watching and remember to be like Bigfoot and Leave No Trace!

Pat and TJ

Leave No Trace's Patrick and Theresa Beezley are part of the 2015 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, Coleman, Hi-Cone, and Smartwool.

Jan 17, 2015

Boulder, CO- It's not spring yet, but when the weather warms up, it is hard to resist the urge to hit the trails with our furry friends. During warm ups, there are a few things we can do to help keep our trails in great shape. Here are a few tips to remember for your next adventure.

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1. If planning a trip to a popular day use area, be sure to check with a local land manager for the trail conditions and park regulations. Once you know trail conditions and park regulations, choose a trail you're equipped for. Is it icy? Muddy? Do your have shoes that have good traction? Are you wearing items that can get muddy or wet? Safety is always the most important, so choose the option that keeps you safe, but also allows you to minimize your impact.

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2. Even though we might see people walking around the edges of the trail, we want to try and stay on trail as much as possible. To keep from wiping out if trails are icy, try to choose trails that have little to no elevation change, and are exposed to the sun. A boot traction add on may also help. Remember safety first!

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3. Areas that are located in the sun may be muddy. This is an especially important area to try and stay on trail. Avoiding the mud and walking along the edges can cause the trail to widen. This accumulated impact can quickly cause a trail to double or triple in width. Keeping safety at the forefront, when going through the mud we should make sure we have boots that are both waterproof and have good traction. Planning ahead and preparing for muddy and icy weather can help ensure we are going to have an enjoyable time while recreating responsibly.

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4. As always when bringing our canine friends for an adventure, it is important to bring a leash and pet waste disposal bags. Keeping them on leash will help ensure the safety of your pet, the wildlife, and other visitors. Bringing or using provided pet waste disposal bags helps us keep our parks and watersheds healthy.

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So before you head out the door, remember to be safe, have fun, and don't forget the sunscreen!

 

Until next time,

Court and Nick
 

Leave No Trace’s Courtney and Nick Bierschbach are part of the 2015 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, Coleman, Hi-Cone, and Smartwool.

Jan 16, 2015

Boulder, CO: As the 2015 season starts up for the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer program we are busy at the Center. In order to get ready for the year we are packing our cars, gathering educational supplies, tweaking lessons/powerpoints, and planning our schedule. Fortunately, this week we were able to get away from all the packing and planning and spend some time teaching and working in the community. This past week we worked with both the Lyons Elementary School after school programs and the Colorado Mountain Club.

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You couldn’t ask for a more fun group of kids to work with than at the Lyons afterschool program. Two clubs joined together for the workshop, the Brave Girls and the Eco Club. The kids were full of energy and clearly loved getting to be outside playing the various Leave No trace activities set up for them. The Brave Girls and the Eco club spend a lot of time enjoying the beautiful mountains in their community and it showed in their experience level throughout the presentation. It is always enjoyable to teach Leave No Trace to a group of kids that are engaged and interested in the outdoors. After teaching at this after school program, we were really excited to work with the outdoor educators at the Colorado Mountain Club.

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The Colorado Mountain Club is located in Golden, at the American Mountaineering Center, which also houses the American Mountaineering Museum. The CMC leads trips and courses for K-12, youth groups, and organizations throughout Colorado. One program for example that stands out is their bouldering bus. It is a mobile climbing wall that can be brought to schools to teach science and climbing out of. The staff at the CMC is full of enthusiastic and experienced outdoor educators. There was plenty of Leave No Trace knowledge and experience among the CMC group members, which helped throughout discussions and activities. It is beneficial for us as Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers to work with groups like the CMC staff. We gain new ideas and insights on how to phrase a certain aspects of the Leave No Trace principals.

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Thanks to Lyons Elementary School and to the Colorado Mountain Club for the great events this past week!

Thanks for reading and remember to be like Bigfoot and Leave No Trace.

Pat and TJ

Leave No Trace’s Patrick and Theresa Beezley are part of the 2015 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, Coleman, Hi-Cone, and Smartwool.

Jan 14, 2015

Ouray, Colorado: This past weekend the Ouray Ice Climbing Festival was held in a breathtaking gorge surrounded by the San Juan Mountain Range. Climbers from all over the world came to climb, compete, and spend time in the picturesque town of Ouray. The climbers at the festival had perfect temperatures, support from various outdoor gear manufactures, and were nothing but supportive towards the Leave No Trace message.

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Pat busy at the booth talking with climbers.

During our travels as Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, we have found that climbers are avid supporters of Leave No Trace. Climbers definitely recognize the value in Leaving No Trace at their crags to secure access for future climbing trips and so that they can climb in pristine environments. The climbers at Ouray were no different! Whether it was joining Leave No Trace as a member or taking some of our free educational materials to pass on to their climbing partners, climbers of all experience levels showed their support for Leave No Trace.

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Where all the action happened!                 

Leave No Trace is a member and partner driven organization. We could not do the work that we do without the partnerships from organizations around the country. We want to send out a special thanks to Trango’s generous support of Leave No Trace, because of them we were able to attend and have a strong presence at the festival. We also appreciate the partnerships from the other companies present at the Ice Festival:

Osprey

Marmot

Outdoor Research

The North Face

La Sportiva

Lastly, we would like to thank the Ouray Ice Park and the festival staff for making it such a great weekend.

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Sam Elias crushing it on the competition route!

Thanks for reading and remember to be like Bigfoot and Leave No Trace!

Pat and TJ

Leave No Trace’s Patrick and Theresa Beezley are part of the 2015 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, Coleman, Hi-Cone, and Smartwool.

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