This evening I’ll be giving a talk on Leave No Trace to the students in the Appalachian Mountain Club’s annual Spring Hiking Program, a 5 evening course that the Boston Chapter holds every year. It’s a great course if you’re new to hiking and want to learn how to do it safely and comfortably, especially if you plan on hiking in New Hampshire or climbing the White Mountain 4000 footers. This is the second year I’ll be teaching Leave No Trace for this course.
Unfortunately, I only get 25 minutes to give this talk in tonight’s program, but hey, that’s 10 more minutes than I got last year, so I guess I’m making progress!
Still, a part of me cringes whenever I get asked to give standing lectures about Leave No Trace because I don’t think you can really teach it effectively indoors, in a big lecture hall, in the dark. It’s far better to teach LNT experientially with lots of role play, in the environment where you want people to apply it. Nothing quite brings home the need to dispose of waste properly like teaching people how to dig a cat hole to bury their shit in the woods.