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Leave No Trace - January 26, 2017

Alturas, CA:  Some years back, a few car loads of my friends and I were heading out to a remote cabin.  Our headlights traced through the darkness as we drove down icy dirt roads.  My friend Chris noticed that he had not seen the rigs behind us for some time.  We pulled over and waited a spell until finally our friend's truck pulled up.  "Chris crashed off the side of the road," he announced.  We turned around and headed back.  I traded my  sneakers for the boots I had brought.  

The SUV was down an embankment and wrapped around a large pine tree.  Our buddy Brad had been lying down in the backseat, his head pointed towards where the tree impacted.  We kept him calm and warm.  It took a long time for the rural fire department to arrive.  Snow drifted down slowly, and we all started to shiver.  Finally, the emergency crews arrived and we all pitched in to extricate Brad on a backboard up the embankment.  

He turned out to be fine, a little sore, but it was a stark reminder of how quickly a fun adventure can potentially become disastrous.  As Traveling Trainers we frequently drive over snowy mountain passes.  Here is a video about how we prepare for an emergency while out on the road.  


Have Fun. Be Safe. Leave No Trace.

Leave No Trace’s Alex Roberts and Emy Gelb are part of the 2017 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, REI, Fjallraven, ENO, Deuter, Thule, Taxa Outdoors and SmartWool.

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