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The 2016 International Conference on Outdoor Leadership

California, PA: This past weekend, Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Steph and Andy, hit the road to attend the 2016 International Conference on Outdoor Leadership. The Wilderness Education Association (WEA) emphasizes the importance of education through the use and exploration of our public wild lands. The conference, an annual gathering of outdoor educators and leaders, is a place to share and learn the latest in educational techniques, practices, and research found in the outdoor and experiential education industry. Leave No Trace was in attendance this year as a resource for...

Leave No Trace For Frontcountry Environments

Gibsonia, PA: Did you know that about 85% of all recreation is based in Frontcountry environments? An area that is easily accessible by vehicle and mostly visited by day users. Frontcountry locations tend to attract more visitors than the backcountry. So, Here are some tips and tricks that will help us to minimize our impacts and leave no trace while on Frontcountry trails. Know Before You Go • Be sure to bring enough food and water for the days adventure. Having supplies for your day will maximize your comfort and safety, increasing the quality of your experience. •...

Make a Splash

Galt, CA: Sometimes choosing the right path is harder than it seems. What if there is a BIG puddle in the middle of the trail? Would you walk through it? Let's consider, for a minute, the impacts of walking around the puddle and how those impacts might affect us. Lining the sides of most trails are leafy plants, delicate vegetation, grasses, and more--it is this vegetation that will be the first to suffer. As others follow our puddle free route, the vegetation will be trampled and there existence cut shorts...

Headstands on Mountaintops

Moab, UT—Someone hand me a pen because we just checked off two of our adventuring goals for 2016: camp in fresh powder on a mountain’s top and tour a national park we have never visited (Arches National Park is amazing!). Watch us on Snapchat as we continue checking off our 2016 adventure goals and share your adventures with us! Snap the picture below (really, it works!) to add Leave No Trace to your Snapchat friends or type in our username: LeaveNoTraceOrg So what’s on the docket? Checkout our 2016 goals/challenges: Climb a mountain on the West Coast. Climb a mountain on...

fANTastic!

Beaux Bridge, LA--A slight tickle frisks my exhausted thigh: Over two mountains and down again we finally find ourselves wearily reclining on a Lay-Z-Boy-Rock: content and starving. The pesky tickling is vying for my attention but nothing can top the need for lunch, for canned tuna and a block of sharp cheddar. Spoon in hand, I dig into the tuna, now repackaged in my twice-before used Ziploc, and take a bite off the “block oh-cheddah”. I get that watery mouth feeling of pure enjoyment and as my spoon crescendos for another chomp, the hair on my legs begin to stand and the tickling becomes...

Have You Ever Wondered What To Do With Your Toothpaste?

Asheville, NC: Fall is here and the colors are in full swing, time for backpacking, camping, and great adventures. You wake up in the morning; drink a cup of coffee or tea, eat a little breakfast, and prepare to start you day’s adventure. You stop, first thing’s first, time to brush those pearly whites. A thought comes to mind, “I’m not sure what to do with my toothpaste-waste.” Have no fear! The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers share a great technique to minimize impact while tooth brushing in the wilderness. Brushing your teeth at home has a go-to ritual. Wet the brush, apply some...

2015 Pinnacle Mountain Hot Spot

Little Rock, AR--Have you ever been hugged so hard it kinda hurt? Or had your cheeks squeezed because your auntie has "...been missing' those rosies." We at Leave No Trace call this being loved to death and we have developed our Hot Spot program to take a proactive stance to protect some of our favorite areas--like Pinnacle Mountain. This week, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers East Central Team visited Pinnacle Mountain State Park, educating visitors on ways they can lessen their impact to keep the mountain healthy. The West Summit Trail of Pinnacle Mountain is traversed...

6 Essentials: Camping and Roadtripping Style

La Crosse, WI: Trying to squeeze in one last roadtrip before winter hits? Pushing through your fall semester of college but find yourself distracted and preoccupied reading blogs like, “Top Ten Places to Visit this Summer” ? Do you call up your best friend to begin planting the seed that you two should skip a week…or three, from work and other obligations to experience some place new? As Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, our life is a roadtrip: camping over 200 nights a year, visiting 20+ states, cooking hundreds of meals outdoors, and being awe-mazed nearly everyday--you could say we...

Dinner to Dish Duty, Digging the Dirty

Arnold, MD: At the end of a busy day, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers treat ourselves to relaxation by cooking delicious meals. Afterwards, we are left with a small mountain of cutlery, cutting boards, plates, and food scraps caked to the frying pan with an intimidating clean up in sight. What is the best system for getting those dishes clean, you ask? Well, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers use a three-step process towards maintaining a clean camp kitchen. Step One: Gather the dishes and cleaning supplies. · Dish soap and sponge · Two plastic wash...

Be Full of Wonder to Create a Wonderful World.

Port Sanilac, MI: Why do snails take naps that last up to three years? How strong is a spiders’ web? It is important to take the time to think about our surroundings; to wonder about all the unknown marvels it holds. Finding our connection with nature, with this resource that we all love, sometimes means s l o w i n g down. Taking a fresh breath of air and appreciating it. To not only have wonder for the outdoors but a satisfying “Ahh…mazing” when you finally understand or see for the first time. It was once said that people become closer friends as stories and...

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