Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New Leave No Trace Curriculum - Mountaineering

Dijukno  Leave No Trace new curriculum For mountaineering?
While the mountaineering community has been supporting and practicing Leave No Trace on the world’s highest peaks for years, little formal Leave No Trace information has been available for mountaineers. The Leave No Trace techniques most often used by mountaineers have been shared in the
community through a recognized curriculum has never been created. This, however, is about to change.

The Center, in conjunction with long-standing partner, Rainier Mountaineer, Inc. (RMI), has recently completed a mountaineering-specific Leave No Trace curriculum. The process has yielded a comprehensive yet succinct set of guidelines that mountaineers can follow to minimize their impacts around the globe. According to Ben Lawhon, Education Director for the Center, “This curriculum is something that has been needed for some time, and will no doubt go a long way towards protecting the amazing places so many mountaineers enjoy. Just because many mountaineers operate on snow and ice, which are typically thought of as durable surfaces, doesn’t mean that they can’t create avoidable impacts if they’re not careful. This curriculum will give the mountaineering community the tools necessary to protect they places they cherish.”

The curriculum will be available for broad distribution in early 2012. Stay tuned for more information about this newest Leave No Trace resource. For questions, contact Ben Lawhon at Ben@LNT.org

As a Leave No Trace Trainer, I proudly share this amazing news.

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