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Jan 31, 2015

Montezuma Well National Monument, AZ: Despite the rainy day, children go running by to get a higher view point, an older couple compare the scene to a guide book, and a small tour group snap numerous pictures. The excitement and mystery of the area and its history are palpable. The site is Montezuma Well, and it’s one part of Montezuma Castle National Monument. Over one million gallons of fresh water flows from its depths. With a constant temperature of 74 degrees Fahrenheit, the well contains 5 different species of aquatic life that can only be found at this location. Sinagua cliff dwellings and evidence of a farming community from 1100 AD, make this tiny corner of the national monument an incredible place to visit. We aren’t the first people to find this as a point of interest: people have been inhabiting this area for over a thousand years.

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In the early 1800’s, almost one hundred years before gaining status as a national monument, there were tourists. These visitors picnicked, explored, and…collected souvenirs. While they were just as intrigued about the history of this place, they also considered them abandoned and held no qualms about taking items, building onto or over existing structures, or even painting an advertisement for their business in the dwellings.

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In 1906, Montezuma Castle (and Well) along with three other sites became the first national monuments in our country thanks to Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt recognized the area for the scientific and historic value, while Native Americans recognize the preservation of an area that is still part of their memory and history passed down today.

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Enjoying a visit to Montezuma Well can inspire curiosity, appreciation and imagination.  But it’s ultimately up to us if Montezuma Well and similar places to continue being around for future explorers, dreamers, and scientist. We can all do our part by following regulations and signs from the land manager, especially staying on trails, leaving the area as we find it, and trashing our trash! Together we can preserve and enjoy these places for years to come!

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 29, 2015

Use our fun flow chart to determine which choices will help determine how well a trip can go.

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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 27, 2015

Salt Lake City, Utah: This year at the Winter Outdoor Retailer show ENO Hammocks unveiled their newest (and our favorite) product, the Double Nest Hammock branded with the Leave No Trace logo. It is perfect for people who want to relax responsibly in the outdoors. ENO is a partner of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and has done a lot to promote responsible hammocking in the outdoors. We appreciate both their support and their efforts to encourage people to minimize their impacts in the outdoors.

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Below are some tips and trick from ENO and Leave No Trace on how to hammock responsibly.

·      As long as there are two sturdy and thick trees to anchor your hammock to, you can hammock almost anywhere.

·      Hammocks allow you to camp 200 feet away from water sources because you can sleep on the side of hill. This is one of the biggest advantages of hammock camping. At Leave No Trace we encourage people to camp 200 feet from water, trails, and other campsites to avoid polluting water sources and disturbing other visitors.

·      Never hammer or screw anything into tree to anchor your hammock.

·      Protect the tree bark by using thick straps that will distribute the pressure evenly from the weight of the hammock.

·      Always research the land management agencies rules and regulations about hammock use. Some places with sparse tree cover or fragile trees may not allow hammocks.

·      Always take down your hammock if you are not using it. Wildlife like deer or elk can become tangled in it.

·      Take care not to damage the roots of the tree when you are entering and exiting your hammock.

·      Always attach your hammock to the thickest part of the tree to keep from bending of damaging the tree.

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Look for an update from Leave No Trace and ENO when the new hammock is out on the market.

Thanks for reading and remember to be like Bigfoot and Leave No Trace! Enjoy your naps, overnights under the stars, and relaxing in your hammock.

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 23, 2015

Salt Lake City, Utah:  This week we have been attending the Outdoor Retailer Winter Show with the Southwest Regional Team, Courtney and Nick.  Outdoor Retailer is the world’s largest expo for outdoor equipment and apparel.  Over 1,000 manufacturers and distributors use Outdoor Retailer as a chance to showcase their latest and greatest for the new season and over 10,000 people attend Outdoor Retailer.

Since Leave No Trace plays a significant part in the outdoor field, Outdoor Retailer gives us a chance to connect to industry partners and individuals across the country.  Specifically, a few of our proud partners that support the Traveling Trainers program.  We want to thank Subaru, Smartwool, Coleman, and Hi-Cone for supporting us and being proud partners of ours. 

The Salt Palace Convention center is located in downtown Salt Lake City and is home to Outdoor Retailer. The Salt Palace has sold out its’ exhibitors space of around 95,000 square feet. There are over 1,000 iconic outdoor brands and 275 new outdoor companies at OR to show off their new gear.

Backpacker Magazine and Subaru have coordinated the Great Gear Give Away with Leave No Trace for the folks at Outdoor Retailer. The GGG has been a beneficial for Leave No Trace to add on more partners and have a larger influence within the Outdoor Industry.

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Here is a list of the companies that have contributed to the GGG.

Backpackers Pantry                                       Bhakti Chai

Birkenstock                                                    Chaco

CRKT                                                             Deuter

Eco Vessel                                                     ENO

Evolv                                                              Farm to Feet

Granite Gear                                                  Good hew

Grand Trunk                                                   Green Belly

GSI Outdoors                                                 Halfpops

Hi-Tec                                                             Hydro Flask

Leatherman                                                    Leki

Led Lenser                                                     Life Straw

Montbell                                                         Mountain House

Mountain Smith                                              Native

Nite Ize                                                           Optic Nerve

Osprey                                                            Pep Pod

Point 6                                                            Primaloft

Propet                                                             Sierra Sage

Sock well                                                        Spyderco

Tenkara                                                          Toad & Co

Wigwam                                                         Wright Sock

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Here is a list of the Leave No Trace Partners at OR.

American Backcountry                Big Agnes

Deuter                                         Eco centric

ENO                                            Falcon

Goal Zero                                    Heat factory

Hennessey Hammock                 Klean Kanteen

La Sportiva                                  Leki

Osprey                                        Outdoor Research

Keen                                           Royal Robbins

Smartwool                                  Stackpole Books

Sun Ski                                       The North Face

Toad and CO                              Trango

Vapur                                          Marmot

GSI                                             Jansport

Mountain Hard Wear                  Restop

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Our partners have been very supportive and we appreciate the influence they help us have here at the Outdoor Retail show. Superfeet raffled off a pair of skis and held a hot toddy happy hour to raise money for Leave No Trace. Eco Vessel held a happy hour with donations from their water bottles and mugs going to Leave No Trace. Hydroflask , Big Agnes, Vapur, and Crazy Creek are selling their products at a discounted rate and proceeds from these sales goes to Leave No Trace. Lastly, ENO Hammocks sold glass mason jars for their happy hour and raffled off their new co-branded Leave No Trace hammock for donations.

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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