Training

Leave No Trace For Pups

Brevard, NC: You wake up and the sun is shining without a cloud in the sky. The first thought that crosses your mind is that today would be a perfect day to get outside for a hike up your local mountain with your best-four-legged-friend. You pack your bag with food, water, and all the essentials for yourself along with a doggie backpack for your pet including treats, water, a leash, and some dog waste bags. Driving to the trailhead, you couldn’t be more excited for another adventure in the forest. Your pet is just as excited as it peeks its head out of the window with its tongue flapping in...

Leave No Trace on the Slopes

Boulder, CO: The season for winter recreation is here! It is time to get out the skis, snowboards, and snowshoes to go out and enjoy the resorts and backcountry areas we love. Whether it is a day at your local slopes or a backcounty trip spent skiing to a hut, there are always Leave No Trace considerations to keep in mind. So when you spend time outside in the winter remember how the Leave No Trace principles can help you out there. In order to ensure not only a fun trip, but a safe trip planning ahead and preparing is essential for a successful trip outside in the winter. · Check snow...

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...

Layering 101

Charleston, SC: As Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers we chase adventure in all kinds of weather environments across the country. During the past three weeks Team East has lived in the southeast, northeast, and vacationed in the western desert. Throughout our adventures, we have been able to test out many different layering systems, each offering different levels of comfort depending on the weather. Have you thought about your layering system? After all, the more comfortable you feel, the better your overall experience will be. Layers keep us comfy, warm, and dry, but piling on five...

Kings Mountain National Military Park

Kings Mountain, SC: The beautiful and secluded National Military Park offers visitors a chance to step back in time while enjoying a peaceful out-of-doors experience. Kings Mountain was the location of a critical battle between Patriot and British forces in 1780, which prevented British forces from advancing northward. Many agree that the battle fought here was the turning point of the Revolutionary War. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers spent three days with visitors and rangers in the effort to protect the trails and monuments of Kings Mountain National Military Park , a beloved...

Andre Houser - Texas State Advocate

Spring, TX: Without volunteers Leave No Trace couldn’t accomplish our mission to teach people to enjoy the outdoors responsibility. We are fortunate to have people all throughout the country putting on awareness workshops and trainer courses, promoting Leave No Trace to schools and scout troops, and land management personnel advocating for our message. As an organization we are fortunate to have the support of individuals all around the country that volunteer as State Advocates. State advocates put on a variety of trainings from: Awareness Workshops, Trainer Courses, Master Educator Courses,...

Bayou Teche--2015 Hot Spot

Breaux Bridge, LA--Wrapping up our 2015 Hot Spot s, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers East Central Team discovered the importance, culture, and recreational impact surrounding the Bayou Teche. In January, 2015, the waterway was designated a national water trail due to its scenic 135 miles that stretch through four parishes (or counties). According to Conni Castille, executive director of the T.E.C.H.E. project who has a passion for Cajun culture and dancing to Zydeco music, "The Teche has historic and cultural value to us, and we are happy to share it with the nation. The trail...

The Hammock Life

Charleston, SC: After a busy day, how do you like to unwind? For some, the couch is a beckoning force, a place of solace and an opportunity to elevate ones feet. Life on the road as Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers offers adventure at every turn. A bit of relaxation is important to stay balanced though, so at the end of the day we opt out from the couch and trade it in for an ENO Hammock. Put up your feet and take a load off. Enjoy the sounds of nature, a great book, and a cozy place to enjoy a warm meal. Our ENO Hammock is a sacred place for rest and relaxation. Whether it’s strung...

Does a bear poop in the woods? Of course! But if you do, bury it or pack it out.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX: This week we camped in the remote and gorgeous backcountry of the Guadalupe Mountains; fall was in the air, the leaves were vibrant colors, and we had starry nights. Unfortunately, we found human waste near our backcountry campsite in the park. We have seen far too many improper human waste disposal impacts as we travel around the country as Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers; from toilet paper flowers, poop with simply with a rock placed on top of it, to poop just off the side on the trail. The negative aesthetic issue alone is often too much, but...

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...

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