This weekend we traveled to beautiful Bellingham, Washington to be a part of the North Face Endurance Challenge. It was inspiring to see athletes from all over the country testing their mental and physical toughness out on the trail. It was equally inspiring that many of these athletes were interested in talking to us about Leave No Trace after spending hours running up and down the muddy trails in Bellingham. As fatigue settles in during a long trail run (some racers were on the trail for more than 12 hours) it can be easy to let some of the Leave No Trace principles slide. For this reason, it’s a good idea to have a Leave No Trace plan before you hit the trail. Here are some of the Leave No Trace strategies that athletes shared with us pre and post race:
1. Have a zippered pocket that is for trash only.
2. Stay on the trails and don’t cut switchbacks.
3. Be prepared to dispose of human waste properly.
THE SUBARU/LEAVE NO TRACE TRAVELING TRAINER PROGRAM
Currently in its 12th year, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, 2 teams of professional outdoor educators, have reached over 10 million people in 48 states with Leave No Trace education and training.