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Let's Keep The Linville Gorge Gorge-ous

Marion, NC: Steep rock walls, towering peaks, and cascading waterfalls create the wilderness area of the iconic, Linville Gorge. Any outdoor enthusiast would feel at home in the gorge with miles of trails connecting the river with the peaks above. With an increasing amount of visitors each year, the gorge is under threat of being loved to death. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers made their way to the Linville Gorge for a week long Hot Spot to help aid in the protection of this heavily used wilderness area. The major impacts that we witnessed during our adventures in the gorge are...

We are on the Road to Somewhere

East Lansing, MI: Have you ever heard the adage, “You can’t know what you don’t know”? It is a truism covering experiences far and wide, but no matter the subject, one hard to swallow pattern within this adage seems to always hold strong: We can not see where we are headed until we arrive . For us at the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, we challenge this stubborn reality and ask you to join us in the efforts. Last week the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers East Central Team attended the National Order of the Arrow Conference, commemorating 100 years of brotherhood and...

Leave No Trace In Frontcountry Environments

Boulder, CO: Parks offer a wonderful space for friends and families to get together and connect with nature. Frontcountry settings like this have unique social and physical impacts from their visitors. With more and more people getting outside, parks and open spaces see heavy use. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers spent the day in the frontcountry and noticed some avoidable impacts. Here are some tips and tricks to help minimize your impact while on your frontcountry adventure in your local parks or open spaces. Know Before You Go Be sure to bring enough food and...

Ragnar Relays Minimize Impacts

Soda Springs, CA: It’s Thursday. You’re preparing for a weekend of running, both day and night. You’re adrenaline builds and the butterflies start to hatch. It’s then that you remember all the hard work you’ve done to train for this epic relay - the Ragnar Trail Relays , and you begin to find your inner peace again. Meanwhile, two thousand four hundred ninety nine other people are going through similar feelings. At the first crack of light on Friday morning, your on-site ready to bring the Ragnar “run. eat. sleep? repeat.” motto to life! As you walk around the grounds, you look in awe at all...

Outdoor Retailer- Summer 2015

Salt Lake City, UT: This week we have been attending the Outdoor Retailer Summer Show with the West Coast Regional Team, Jenna and Sam. 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 14,000 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...

Rice and Fall of a Trail Legend

Catskill Mountains, NY: Starfail, Pro-tip, Buckeye, Catnap, Smiley, Jethro, Gilgamesh, Giggles…what is the story behind all these “trail names”. Where do they come from? Why do they exist? This week we, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers East Central Team, accepted a challenge to hike one of the toughest trails east of the continental divide: Devil’s Path in the Catskills. Testing our endurance, the grueling hike led us over five peaks that reached above 3,500 feet, through boulder fields, and up rock faces. As we marched forward, ready to defeat the army of obstacles on Devil’s...

Top 5 Camping Apps

Hood River, OR: It's a Friday afternoon in mid July. As the big hand on the illuminated clock steadily approaches 5, you start to feel giddy inside (like a child the night before a big field trip) thinking about the camping adventure you are going to have this weekend. A smile builds as you let your mind drift to the vision of a setting sun over the lake, only to be followed by countless stars, and the crackle and light of a campfire. You can.not.wait. As you let yourself stay distracted in this vision for just a little while longer, you relax even deeper knowing that your Subaru is ready to...

Push it to the Limit

Northfield, MA: This week, we (the Subaru Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers East Central Team) spent time with the extreme athletes competing at the Northfield, Massachusetts Ragnar Trail Relay. Each team completed 118.4 miles of trail, 2,700 feet of elevation within 24 hours. Companies like Smartwool, Goal Zero, and Solomon supported the racers with trial gear, swag, and encouragement. At our booth, we talked to the runners, and their support teams, about several Leave No Trace principles they could implement during their 24 relay. Some of the tips included: Sticking to the middle of the...

Top Five Reasons Why You Should Run an Awareness Workshop

Jackson, Wyoming: Wilderness Adventures has trips all over the country and world for pre-teens to college students. With over 80 instructors and 600 participants taking trips down rivers, up mountains, through canyons, and various forests throughout the country, we are proud to have them as an educational partner at Leave No Trace. Last weekend we had the privilege to put on a four-hour awareness workshop for all 80 instructors on how to teach their participants to minimize their impact when they are traveling and camping in the outdoors. Working with WA got us thinking about how important...

Coffee. Money. Teeth.

York County, PA: I stare inquisitively at my grandpa as he pauses before descending the porch’s steps: he is patting his chest, checking the back right pocket of his slacks, and with pulled lips, he begins clanking his teeth... then, full steam ahead. I hop in his truck, closing my eyes to enjoy the sweet coffee aroma that fills my olfactory glands. My brain begins shooting off memories of all the successful trips we have taken together, all the classified newspaper advertisements we have tracked down. A quick jerk to the right and a sudden “Watch your feet!” pulls me back. I stare at the...

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