Traveling Trainers

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Protecting the Most Photographed Spot on the Appalachian Trail

Eugene, OR: When we think of the Appalachian Trail, we think of high adventure, green mountain vistas - and, of course, McAfee Knob. A Leave No Trace Hot Spot in 2015, McAfee Knob is beloved by thru-hikers and day hikers alike, all of them making the four-mile trek from Virginia Highway 311 - and some heading the four miles back to the trailhead parking lot - just to snap that picture of them and that iconic view. As a part of our Hot Spot Revisit program, a pair of Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers went back to McAfee Knob this year, and brought back some tips on how...

Generation Green Jr. - South Lake Tahoe, CA

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are partnering with the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit's Generation Green Junior program to educate local middle school students about Leave No Trace principles and practices through interactive, hands-on activities. 

Subaru Winter Fest - Sierra At Tahoe, CA

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be joining the Subaru WinterFest Tour to educate the winter sports community about enjoying the snow ethically and responsibly. Swing by our outreach booth for games, prizes, and to test your Leave No Trace knowledge. 

Subaru Winter Fest - Boreal Mountain Resort, CA

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be joining the Subaru WinterFest Tour to educate the winter sports community about enjoying the snow ethically and responsibly. Swing by our outreach booth for games, prizes, and to test your Leave No Trace knowledge. 

Body by Bigfoot: Five Tips for Staying in Shape on the Road

With the eating season, we mean, holiday season fast approaching, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers like to stay active, even while living on the road. Want the latest “Body by Bigfoot” workout routine? Check out this video! In all seriousness, road life keeps us on the move. Packing up and setting up camp every few days, getting our loaded cooler in and out of the car several times a day, water hauling, and just living outside means we move our bodies a lot. We also get to do lots of our favorite outdoor activities – hiking, biking, running, and climbing – in some amazing places...

Assume the Best: An outdoor enthusiast’s guide to talking with people who drop trash on the ground, blast music on the trail, and leave their dog’s poop behind.

Phoenix, Arizona A writer for Sunset magazine recently asked me how I “really” felt about people who throw their trash in the bushes. The subtext was something like, “I know what you’re supposed to say, but surely there are just jerks and idiots out there in the world, amirite?” Well, yes, maybe there are jerks and idiots out there in the world, but I couldn’t do what I do if I believed that people were all incorrigible. The question she raised is a common one. While most people are sympathetic to a newbie who doesn’t know what to do with his or...

Traveling Trainer Tips: Shoulder Season Camping

Fayetteville, WV: Fall is gently tapping winter on the shoulder, ushering the new season into the eastern states. We had our first sub-freezing evening a few days ago, waking in the morning to a thin layer of ice on the car. Keeping warm under these conditions requires knowledge and some practice - and as Traveling Trainers sleep outdoors as many as 250 nights in a year, we've got both to spare. Here are our top three tips for making sure you stay warm when you're camping in late fall or early spring. 1. Layer Up Layering is important in these shoulder...

Lazy ENO Days of Fall

Roanoke, VA: We Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are always on the move. Between events all over the nation and the travel time it takes to drive, we stay busy, and it's easy to let the days pass by while remaining deep in the throes of work. Still, when the weather is nice and we've cleared our schedules, we try to take a day to relax and reconnect with ourselves and the world around us. Spending a lazy afternoon with a book in our ENO Hammock is one of life's simple pleasures - and ENO has partnered with Leave No Trace on a Double Nest Hammock designed with our logo...

Vamping, Zombie Hiking and Creepy Doll Heads: A Leave No Trace Halloween

Grand Canyon National Park, AZ: The Traveling Trainers get lots of interesting questions as we travel and teach all over the country, but things can get bizarre around Halloween. Been dying to know what zombies should do with body parts that fall off in the backcountry? Check out the video below to get the inside scoop on monster outdoor ethics. 1. Vlad the Vampire sleeps in the daytime, but we can follow his lead by setting up our coffins, um, we mean, tents on durable surfaces like bare dirt, sand, rock, or snow. The best camp/coffin sites are found, NOT made. Vlad’s case is also a good...

5 Biggest Myths Hurting our Public Lands

Lake Tahoe, CA : For the past 16 months we've been traveling the Western United States, visiting national and state parks, designated campgrounds, BLM sites, and wilderness areas to teach visitors how to protect our public lands by recreating ethically and responsibly. We’ve camped 250 nights this past year and have seen some incredible places- and some not so incredible places. Places where the wildlife issues are so bad the squirrels will jump on you while you’re eating to get at your food, places littered with toilet paper and smell of human feces, places where there are...

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