Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
|Bears were on the loose|
|Students exploring why they make the decisions they do|
The students got to learn about all seven principles through discussions, games, and demonstrations. Coming from a variety of different outdoor experience levels, it was great to introduce them to everything from cat holes and human waste disposal issues to using a campstove to cook dinner. Throughout the day, the concept of Leave No Trace as a personal ethic and mindset weaved its way throughout each discussion. For the capstone of the day, they explored the considerations that go into their own decision making both in the outdoors and in the rest of their lives. During the activity, the students evaluated different factors in their decision making processes and considered why they do what they do. As they make individual decisions both in backcountry travel and everyday life, we hope they take what they learned from this activity with them!
|Beautiful Lake Bemidji|
On the Paul Bunyan Trail,
Quinn & Frank
Sunday, May 6, 2012
|A Minnesota Sunset|
- Wear great boots -- Trails between lakes are, because of the fact that they go between lakes, much more likely to be muddy than usual trails. So make sure you have great boots so you can tromp right through that mud and protect the vegetation and habitat on either side of the trail.
- Don't crash into shoreline -- Give both the landing and your boat a break by wet-foot portaging. In this technique, you slow the boat and use your feet to stop it before it crashes into rocks and landing, avoiding damaging them and keeping from making that big old crashing sound. Hop out in the water to unload the boat and throw it up on your shoulders for that hike over.
- Check fire regulations -- Just because your around water doesn't mean you can get careless with your fire building. When you set off on a backcountry paddle, check the current fire regulations before you go and keep them in mind throughout the trek. If you start with a fire ban on your permit, it's a fire ban throughout your trip even if it rains or weather conditions change.
- Check your boat for invasive species -- Just like it's important to clean your boots before a backpacking trip, if you're moving your boat from one area to another you should check it for invasive species. Check in with boat permitting offices for the most up-to-date information about invasives and stop aquatic hitchhikers!
Paddle or Portage?
Quinn & Frank
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
|Bigfoot with Scouts at Minot Air Force Base!|
We had an awesome time with this group and think that everyone learned a lot about Leave No Trace. Without question, we loved our time being on base and wanted to thank all of these Air Force families for their service to our country! We want to thank the Air Force for welcoming the e-tour onto the base, it was a privilege to visit and share the Leave No Trace principles with the Scouting community on base. Thank you for all that you do, and we can't wait to get back up to North Dakota for another great event!
From the Barracks to the Backcountry,
Quinn & Frank
Monday, April 30, 2012
|Little Missouri River in Theodore Roosevelt National Park|
|Buffalo in Theodore Roosevelt National Park|
On a Buffalo,
Quinn & Frank
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Want to host the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers for an event? REQUEST A VISIT FROM THE TRAVELING TRAINERS!
Team East May Calendar
Team West May Calendar
E-tour May Calendar
- Craft Brewers Conference - San Diego
- Cuyamaca Rancho State Park - Descanso
- Conservation Camp - Buena Vista
- Clean Up Green Up - Salida
- Camp Chief Ouray - Winterpark
- Hot Spot Outreach and Backyard Session - Buena Vista
- SOS Outreach - Avon
- Grand Trunk - Chicago
- Hi-Cone - Chicago
- REI Lincoln Park - Chicago
- The North Face Role Model - Peabody
- Girl Scouts - Douglas
- Youth Leader Training - Bemidji
- S.A.L.T 'Mines & Pines' - Crosby
- Cuyuna Range Elementary School - Crosby
- YMCA - St. Croix
- Simley High School - Inver Grove Heights
- Minnesota Master Naturalist Conference - Mankato
- Rampano Valley District Northern New Jersey BSA - Oakland
- Cub Scout Pack 53 - Fords
- The North Face Endurance Challenge - Bear Mountain
- Boy Scout Troop 49 - Valley Falls
- Coleman Factory Outlet - Lake George
- Devils Run State Park - Devils Run
Spring is in the air; time to start planning trips, sorting gear, and possibly, replacing old equipment. But what are you supposed to do with those old, empty (and partially full) gas canisters for your stove? It's not always as easy as tossing it into the trash. Here are some things to know when disposing of old gas canisters:
- Most fuel canisters are steel and can be recycled along with your Dr Pepper cans. Just burn off any residual fuel and puncture empty canisters before recycling. Crushing empty cans with big rocks seems to work well. Note: Make sure canister is completely empty before puncture!
- Coleman, which makes Powermax aluminum fuel canisters, used to manufacture a "Green Key" puncture tool with compatible stoves. While no longer produced, this key is still effective at discharging residual fuel in canisters. However, JetBoil has produced a similar tool called the "Crunchit" that simultaneously vents the remaining fuel and punctures the can for recycling. The "Crunchit" can be used any any fuel canister, not just JetBoil! Here's a video...
- In Boulder, Burlington, and other eco-conscious towns, you can just toss empty, punctured canisters into your recycle bin. In Seattle, canisters that are empty (and marked as such with a Sharpie or adhesive label) can be placed in curbside recycling bins–no puncture holes necessary.
- Call your local Public Works Department and ask about rules in your area.
- Additionally, http://earth911.com/ is a very useful website for finding disposal facilities in your area. Simply enter you location and search for "propane tanks", "fuel canisters", etc.