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2016: Breaks Interstate Hot Spot

Breaks Interstate Park, Kentucky & Virginia--Breaks Interstate Park, also known as the Grand Canyon of the east, has it all: wooded mountains, whitewater streams, rock climbing, hiking trails ranging from beginner to expert, horseback riding...and people have noticed. This 4,600 acre park has begun a recreation mecca for both the local community and adventure seekers traveling across the states. The large area is host to many outdoor races, swift water rescue courses, paddling festivals, family reunions, and more--plainly stated, it's being loved to death. This week, the Subaru/Leave No...

The Yield Triangle

Columbia, MD: The yield triangle is an illustration depicting the standard of yielding between different user groups while out on a greenway or other multipurpose trail. It is important to respect the yield triangle while out on the trail to be considerate of other people and to promote a safe trail environment. For hikers and cyclists it is imperative to be cautious around horseback riders. This is because horses are large animals that have the potential to spook easily, posing a safety hazard to the rider, horse, or even the hiker or biker. It is always best to communicate with the rider to...

Protecting Patapsco Valley State Park

Ellicott City, MD: Patapsco Valley State Park was the site of a 2016 Hot Spot week. This gorgeous state park is a patchwork of public lands spreading along the valley of the Patapsco River. During the past week the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers were on site to provide educational trainings and to participate in volunteer service projects. For two of the seven days, Steph and Andy put on their working gloves to help volunteers and the Maryland Conservation Corps to establish a designated parking lot in the Daniels region of the park. Before the project, this highly used area was...

The North Face Endurace Challenge

Washington, D.C.: Mud, sweat, and more mud were the main ingredients during this years’ Washington D.C. North Face Endurance Challenge. A blustery and wet week turned into an artic blast this past Saturday for the 50 mile and 50k races. Runners battled their way through 50 miles of rocky, muddy terrain while pushing through frigid 30-degree temperatures. The North Face encourages individuals to never stop exploring and to always Leave No Trace during those epic adventures. Cold and rainy weather turned every bare part of the trail into a mud puddle, turning this race into a truly epic...

Clean Your Bottom!

Springfield, MO--Springtime invites you to take advantage of the sunshine and dancing waterways; but after a day of paddling, don't forget to clean your bottom! Your boat's bottom, that is. Giving your boat a good scrub before heading back home can help eliminate the spread of invasive species, invasive species that may be trying to hitchhike their way into new ecosystems. Do your best to remove all small seeds and micro-organisms; if accidentally transferred, these hitchhikers may be introduced to a new area/region creating an imbalance. 42% of endangered species are actually put out by...

Saving the A.T. at the 2016 Southern Appalachian Trail Hot Spot

Dawsonville, GA: Birds are singing, leaves are budding, and the falls are flowing. The changing of seasons here at Amicalola Falls State Park is the signal for some to start a huge endeavor, thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. The 80 miles of Appalachian Trail in Georgia make up the 2016 Leave No Trace Southern Appalachian Trail Hot Spot. The Appalachian Trail is 2,189.1 miles in length, stretching from Springer Mountain, Georgia to the craggy peak of Katahdin, Maine. A record breaking number of thru-hikers will be attempting the entire trail this year. Over 1,080 thru-hikers have started the...

Rocky Mountain Arsenal Service Learning

Boulder, Co: Earlier this month the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, East Central Team, held a workshop at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and participated in a service project for the preserve. Along with Leave No Trace, there were representatives present from Colorado Young Leaders and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado( VOC ). The group tackles the Helium Stick--a demonstration on what happens when we don't work together to lower our impacts This workshop consisted of 3 hours of activities and discussion centered on what it means to develop a wild-land ethic...

Leave No Trace Tips for Mountain Biking

Ocala, FL: Heading out on a trail ride? Check out these Leave No Trace tips before heading out on your adventure! Plan Ahead and Prepare : check with land managers, local bike shops, local cycling groups and www.mtbproject.com for the most up-to-date trail information. Stick to the Trail : for biking, durable surfaces include established trails, authorized slick rock areas, dirt roads, and pavement. Check local regulations to see if off-road travel by bike is allowed. Dispose of Waste Properly : Use restroom facilities before hitting the...

Camping Breakfast for 2 in 6 Ingredients!

San Diego, CA: As Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers we often get questions about how we carry out everyday tasks like - where do we shower? (that's the number one concern), where do we buy our groceries?, and how do we cook at camp? Well, the fact of the matter is that we shower in showers, buy our groceries in grocery stores or farmer's markets and are able to cook delicious 2 pot meals on camp stoves! It's as straight forward as that. To prove it to you, we filmed our typical morning breakfast for two. Enjoy the video and make sure to check out the recipe and Leave No Trace cooking...

Sunol Wildflower Festival - Sunol, CA

Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers at the Sunol Wildflower festival for activities that align with the Leave No Trace Seven Principles, and information on ways to get more involved with Leave No Trace. Look for the Leave No Trace booth from 11AM - 4PM! 

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