In early February, Leave No Trace put out a call for storytellers to share their wildest tale or experience in the outdoors in 200 words or less. The Center was putting together a resource guide and was looking for engaging and impactful stories as they relate to the organization’s Seven Principles.
I knew just the story I wanted to submit. I still remember my first training run on Mt. Hood Ski Bowl —there was so much trash—the mountain was littered with bottles, cans, and papers, most likely remnants from past ski seasons. You could say the mountain was trashed.
Since my hydration vest couldn’t hold all the trash, I went back the next day to pack it all out. Unfortunately, I had to leave some behind since my 13-gallon plastic bag was overflowing and at risk of ripping (as soon as the snow melts, I’m going back to get what I missed). I condensed the blog post I wrote about my trashy run to 200 words and off it went to Leave No Trace.
I’m honored to share my submission was selected for the March Resource Guide. The timing for the Guide couldn’t be better. In many parts of the country (at least here in the Pacific Northwest) Spring is in the air with summer not far behind—and with better weather coming, many of us will be spending more time outside.
The Guide serves as an important reminder our wilderness belongs to everyone and we all play a critical role keeping it beautiful and viable. Th helpful Guide is packed full of updates, educational tips, and inspirational stories. One of my favorite parts is an overview of the Center’s campaign to educate youth about the outdoors and the responsible use of our shared public lands. The campaign includes programs for both kids and teens—and in a time when kids tend to be attached to their many screens, programs like what the Center offers are incredibly important to help them interact with the natural world.
Leave No Trace is a national organization that protects the outdoors by teaching people to enjoy it responsibly. I encourage everyone to read through the Resource Guide and then visit the Center’s website to learn how to get involved with the organization, become a member, and practice the Seven Principles.
Located in the Pacific Northwest? Join me during my next trashy run retrieval on Mt. Hood Ski Bowl.