Traveling Trainers

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

Wilderness Words: Carr

Georgetown, Colorado: Traveling trainers are always talking about their cars. But today, we want to talk about the other type of carr. A carr is a variety of wetland characterized by low woody plants like willows and alders. It's like a swamp, but with shrubs instead of trees. When hiking through a carr, stay on the designated trail, even if your boots get wet. And they will get wet. Learn more in the video below: Leave No Trace's Joe and Joe are part of the 2018 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to...

Palisade Rim Trail - Palisade, CO

In partnership with the Bureau of Land Management's Grand Junction Field Office, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be at the Palisade Rim Trail educating trail runners, hikers, cyclists, and local volunteers about minimizing their impacts and enjoying the outdoors responsibly in this popular multi-use area. 

Anatomy of a Successful Hot Spot

Aspen, CO: Imagine a cross between a frat party and a Phish concert. Now drop that scene onto a high alpine basin with a small hot springs pool and you’ve got an idea of the trouble that was facing Conundrum Hot Springs until recently. Trash, discarded clothing, exposed piles of human waste (yup, poop), loud groups and music playing on speakers, vegetation damage from trampling and firewood gathering, human-wildlife conflicts, and safety risks to unprepared hikers marred the wilderness character of this otherwise idyllic spot high in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness...

What's With All the Dog Poop Bags?

Long Eddy, NY: Does your walk routine with your furry best friend look something like this? Grab poop bag. Walk dog. Pick up poop. Leave bag on ground because you’ll definitely grab it on the way back. Walk back to car and realize that you definitely forgot the fully loaded poop bag on the ground. Doh! Down with picking up dog doo, but need a better way to carry it? Check out this video for easy ways to hold onto used dog poop bags until you can throw them away in the trash. Dog Poop FAQs We’ve discovered that there’s often no malice behind leaving poop bags...

UNC Outdoor Pursuits - Greeley, CO

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be at the University of Northern Colorado on August 20, tabling during the Outdoor Pursuits program's used gear sale event to kick off the first day of the Fall Semester. The Trainers will be educating program staff, trip leaders, and the campus community about Leave No Trace ethics and principles.

Powder Horn Training/Great Smoky Mountain Council- Andersonville, TN

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be leading an interactive Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop at the Powder Horn Training for the Great Smoky Mountain Council of the BSA.

Powder Horn is a training opportunity designed to expose Venturers, Venturing Advisors, Boy Scout Leaders or Scouts to activities and resources necessary to operate a successful Venturing Ranger or Troop High Adventure Program. 


Researchers Discover Traces of Pharmaceuticals and Other Contaminants in Colorado Backcountry Lakes

Denver, CO: Researchers from the United States Geological Survey in Colorado published new findings detailing the discovery of pharmaceuticals, hormones, pesticides, and other contaminants in both remote and accessible lakes of Rocky Mountain National Park. Common contaminants detected from water samples in this study were caffeine, camphor, para-cresol, and even DEET (the active ingredient in many insect repellents). While some of the contaminants discovered can be attributed to naturally occurring sources, other traces of pharmaceuticals, including oxycodone, are clearly a result of human...

Raft right this summer

Boulder, Colorado: It’s another scorching summer, and that local lazy river is looking pretty nice right now. But before you head to the creek with your floats and your friends, here are a few things to keep in mind… Map the route: Plan a route and locate a few existing, durable trails that lead to the water. By knowing the area, you can find exit routes that avoid stepping on creekside plants and further eroding stream banks. Check to see if you’re passing through residential areas or past busy trails, and keep the volume down along the...

How to Camp in Hot Weather

The dog days of summer are almost upon us, and that means two things. First, IT’S STILL SUMMER CAMPING SEASON! And, second, it’s HOT. Don’t let the heat keep you from taking advantage of summer weekends – read on for Traveling Trainer tips (we are full-time campers, after all) on how to have a cool trip no matter what the mercury says. Always pumped to find block ice on the road! 1. Block ice – If there’s anything that has revolutionized our #roadlife experience, it’s been discovering block ice. Block ice is large, solid rectangles of ice, usually sold in 10-pound...

Wilderness Words: Humus

Littleton, CO: Let's talk about humus. Humus is the dark organic material in fertile soils, full of microbes that can break down human waste. It's the perfect environment if you need to dig a cathole. Hummus, on the other hand, is a Middle Eastern chickpea spread. It's not the right environment for digging a cathole. Learn more about the difference between humus and hummus in the video below. Leave No Trace's Joe and Joe are part of the 2018 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the...