Traveling Trainers

Any information pertaining to the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer program

Climb Hard & Protect the Peregrines

Gardiner, NY: On the Shawangunk Ridge, peregrine falcons are nesting on the steep east facing cliffs, intending to catch the morning sun. These birds of prey perch high above the ground to easily catch some air and hunt small animals down below. With spring here in the Gunks, it is height of the nesting season for peregrine falcons. As climbers come to visit and test their limits on the steep cliffs of the infamous quartz conglomerate rock we encourage all to check the rules and regulations . This way all visitors will be aware about route closures that are in effect, simply so we can all...

How to Pack Out Toilet Paper

Aspendell, CA: You've dug your cat hole 200 feet away from water camp and trails in one of the most scenic places you’ve ever been. You’ve covered and disguised your hole. Now how do you pack out your toilet paper? With a Ziploc bag and a small trash bag, that’s how (at that’s one way). Furthermore, first put the trash bag inside the Ziploc. Then put the paper in the trash bag and fold it up. Next seal the Ziploc and put in pack to carry out . Vwa la! That’s it. We like this method because it keeps us from having to look at used toilet paper. It also creates a double bag barrier, which gives...

Leaving No Trace on the Beach

Monterey, CA: We dream of frolicking along the oceans shore, amongst the pristine beaches our world has to offer. Ahhhh, what a wonderful visual that conjures in our minds eye. We would like to say that visual is what we always encounter when spending time on the coast. Reality check! It's quite the opposite. In fact it is almost an anomaly to find a pristine beach! We know a few, but we're not going to tell you (well maybe if you bribe us ;-)). The most recent example of the hope for a pristine beach was in Seaside, CA. We drove down the beach access road, left our sandals in the car and...

How to Respond to Less Than Leave No Trace Moments

Seaside, CA: Have you ever been enjoying yourself outdoors when you stumble upon someone who is doing something "less than leave no trace"? Does your blood start to boil? Do you have a hard time not overreacting? While we recognize that being nice, even being civil for that matter, isn’t always easy in the heat of the moment, we know that it is critical to approach these less than leave no trace moments with an educational mindset and friendly attitude. Here’s why — you are MUCH more likely to change that person’s less than leave no trace actions by smiling, getting to know them and most...

4 ways to Practice Leave No Trace at Community Festivals

Bishop, CA: While enjoying the Bishop City Park Earth Day Festival, it dawned on us that Leave No Trace applies in this type of frontcountry gathering as well. With this thought in mind, we bring you 4 ways to practice Leave No Trace at community festivals. Watch the video or read the tips below! 1. Reduce waste by opting for re-useable – our favorite reusable option is Kleen Kanteen wear. 2. Trash your trash - recycle what you can. 3. Select a durable surface to enjoy the show – including picnic tables or dry grass. 4. Let the flowers grow – leave what you find. 5. Enjoy your world and leave...

How to Geocache the Leave No Trace way

Lake Convict, CA: Looking for a way to engage the whole family in an outdoor activity? Ever tried geocaching ? Neither had we; however, on this particular Saturday we decided to see what it was all about. During our adventurous treasure hunt, we documented a few points to keep in mind when you’re geocaching. Watch the video below to see what are recommendations are for practicing Leave No Trace while seeking and placing a cache. 1. Properly plan for your geocaching outing by having the items or equipment you need to safely enjoy your adventure. Also, if placing a cache, make sure it's legal...

Mud season – now what?

Mammoth, CA: True or false - You should walk around a mud puddle to avoid damaging the trails? False. Walking around a mud puddle can lead to trail widening by damaging the vegetation. It is best to walk single file through the mud puddle to protect the integrity of the trails and plant life. So get dirty (or wear the proper attire) and enjoy mud season! Want more? Enjoy the video and please practice Leave No Trace. Helping keep our wild spaces wild, Jenna and Sam - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team West Leave No Trace’s Jenna Hanger and Sam Ovett are part of the 2016 Subaru/...

Leave No Trace for City Parks

Bishop, CA: Frontcountry areas , like city parks and day use sites, are receiving more and more visitors every year and overall account for 85% of recreational use taking place today. So it’s more important than ever that we practice Leave No Trace on these easy to access public lands. Check out the tips listed below, and corresponding video, on how you can do your part and keep our favorite parks beautiful. 1. Go before you go – use the facilities when available. 2. Stick to durable surfaces – established trails are the way to go! 3. Keep wildlife wild – do not feed animals. 4. Let the...

True or False – You should pack out fruit peels?

Lake Sabrina, CA: True! All food scraps, including fruit peels, should be packed out of the backcountry and thrown away in frontcountry environments. But they biodegrade, so why does it matter? Well that’s a good point, however, the likely hood that a critter will get it before it disintegrates is very likely. In desert environments, orange peels can last up to 2 years or longer! If an animal does snag the leftover food, this can lead to habituation and a lost ability to forge. Additionally, the food scraps can rot food supply stores over time. Furthermore, the rotting scraps are unsightly to...

The Yield Triangle

Columbia, MD: The yield triangle is an illustration depicting the standard of yielding between different user groups while out on a greenway or other multipurpose trail. It is important to respect the yield triangle while out on the trail to be considerate of other people and to promote a safe trail environment. For hikers and cyclists it is imperative to be cautious around horseback riders. This is because horses are large animals that have the potential to spook easily, posing a safety hazard to the rider, horse, or even the hiker or biker. It is always best to communicate with the rider to...

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