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Mountain Bike Skills

Athens, GA: Love mountain biking? We sure do, and we’re glad to have so many great trails open to us all over the country. That’s why, whenever we hit the trails, we’re careful to follow these Leave No Trace tips. 1. Know before you go . Are bikes allowed on the trails you’re visiting? Some trail systems are open seasonally or on alternating days. Many apps, like MTB Project and Trailforks , offer up-to-date information on trail conditions and other vital information. Make sure to pack a helmet, spare tube, pump, multi-tool, water...

Wilderness Words: Broadcasting

Snowshoe, WV : When you’re cooking dinner or washing dishes at camp, you’re going to have dirty water. Broadcasting is a quick way to dispose of that grey water, dispersing the impact across a wide area. Just strain, stroll and scatter! Leave No Trace's Joe Besl and Joe Creaghead are part of the 2018 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...

How To Leave No Trace On The Crag

Reno, NV: Climbing areas can receive significant use and so significant impacts. Practicing Leave No Trace ethics while climbing can aid in the conservation of these areas, keep climbing access available, and promote a positive image of climbers within the outdoor community. Here are some things to consider during your next climb to keep our shared outdoor spaces healthy. Before Climbing Research access to the route. Where is parking available? Is there a designated trail? Are climbing permits necessary? Consider the wildlife in the area. Are there any...

5 Leave No Trace Tips for Winter Trips

Reno, NV: Winter is a great time to get outside and enjoy nature, but it can also make your favorite outdoor spaces even more susceptible to harmful impacts. Here are 5 things you should always consider on a winter trip to help you Leave No Trace. 1. Plan Ahead and Prepare X2 - A lack of planning in cold temperatures can result in significant impacts and dangerous situations. Check conditions and take extra safety precautions. 2. Know How To Go - Many restroom facilities are closed in winter, and summer disposal methods might not be possible. For liquid human waste, make...

5 Tips for Responsibly Visiting Parks During the Shutdown

Frostburg, MD: While we’re bummed the government is shut down, we’re glad that many of our national parks and other public lands have remained open to the public. The trouble is, almost all park workers are furloughed, and facilities are locked. If you can’t wait for the shutdown to end before visiting, check out our five hacks for how to responsibly visit parks during the shutdown. 1. Have a Poop Plan! Facilities locked, remember? All of a sudden, even day users need to be aware of how to dispose of their (ahem) human waste properly. You can “’go’...

#OptOutside this Friday

Overland Park, KS: Each year, half of Americans don’t experience the outdoors at all. No fishing or hiking. No climbing or biking. No paddling around the lake and no picnics at the park. Yikes! That alarming stat comes from our friends (and partners) at REI, who are hoping to change our increasingly indoor culture with their #OptOutside initiative , which returns November 23. Somehow, the day after Thanksgiving became a consumer free-for-all, where Americans flock to the stores instead of the outdoors. But REI will again shut its doors on Black Friday, encouraging its...

Wilderness words: Pothole

Escalante, UT: A pothole is like a miniature oasis. Confused? We're not talking about the pits you find in a parking lot, but the pools you find in the desert. Watch the video above to learn more about this second type of pothole. Leave No Trace's Joe and Joe are part of the 2018 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...

Cowabunga! Fall Leaves and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Charlottesville, Virginia: Why should leaves on the trees get all the glory? Fallen leaves are good for more than jumpfests – they’re actually ecological powerhouses. As far as the TMNT connection, well, as Master Splinter would say, you must trust us and be patient (and read this blog). 1. In a beautiful example of the circle of life, dead leaves decompose and add nutrients to the soil, such as nitrogen, calcium, and potassium. Trees soak up these nutrients and minerals from the ground; many of which end up (cue the Lion King soundtrack) back...

How To Leave No Trace While Caving

Carlsbad, New Mexico: Caves are incredibly unique and beautiful natural ecosystems. They offer a look into geologic history, specially adapted wildlife, and exploration in a challenging and foreign environment. However, these places can be extremely fragile and sensitive to human impact, making it super important to practice Leave No Trace. Here are some specific Leave No Trace tips to consider for a trip underground. 1. A trip into a cave system will take considerably more planning and preparation than a regular recreation trip. Consider joining a grotto to...

Happy birthday, Teddy Roosevelt!

Bryce Canyon, UT: Ever been to the Grand Canyon? How about Yosemite, Devils Tower or Crater Lake? If you appreciate these American all-stars, you can thank Teddy Roosevelt. While president from 1901-1909, Roosevelt designated nearly 230 million acres as public land, including part or all of the parks above, plus other gems like Wind Cave, Mesa Verde, Muir Woods, Petrified Forest and the United States Forest Service. Today, Roosevelt’s conservation legacy lives on across the nation’s public lands. His birthplace in New York City is a National Historic Site, he has an...

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