Leave No Trace: Gear Guide

by Patrycja Witt, Girls Who Hike Utah Ambassador

 Image courtesy of Unsplash.com

Image courtesy of Unsplash.com

Leave no trace.
That old camping motto we are taught from our very first experience and often reminded by our friends. Seven principles to plan ahead and prepare, travel and camp on durable surfaces, leave what you find, minimize campfire impacts, respect wildlife, be considerate of other visitors and most importantly dispose of waste properly.

So what about once we get home from our adventures?
Do we practice leave no trace in our daily lives? What happens to our gear once it becomes too worn or if we simply just want to upgrade to the latest technology? Do we try to dispose of our waste properly?

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Image courtesy of Unsplash.com

There are many different ways to help to keep our goods out of our landfills. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Donate It

If your beloved gear is still in good condition you can drop it off at your local nonprofit. There are a variety of options from the Goodwill and Salvation Army down the street to a more sport focused organization. There are many around the country such as New York’s Recycle A Bicycle ProgramPortland’s Gear HubBoston’s Bikes Not Bombs, Denver’s City Wild, Seattle’s Outdoors For All, and San Francisco’s Bay Area Wilderness Training. Why not give back to your local community?

 Image courtesy of gearforward.org

Image courtesy of gearforward.org

If your community does not have a sport specific charity, there is a nationwide initiative called Gear Forward. They provide youth in need with gear so they may have the ability to participate in outdoor themed activities such as hiking, camping and backpacking. They firmly believe no child should be denied access to all the outdoors has to offer because they don't have the necessary equipment. They work with youth and outdoor focused organizations to get donated gear into the hands that need it such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America. If you know of a need in your town please don’t hesitate to reach out to them directly at Gearforward@gmail.com.

Sell It

Why not get a little cash back from your gear? If you are feeling entrepreneurial why not list your item on eBay, Craigslist or even Facebook Market Place? Check your local community boards for local gear swaps. Or let someone else do all the work for you just drop off your item at a consignment store like Salt Lake City’s The Gear Room

 Pictured here with my climbing partner at The Gear Room’s annual Gear Swap. We walked away with matching beanies from the consignment store and some climbing gear from the swap. Always stoked to save some cash.

Pictured here with my climbing partner at The Gear Room’s annual Gear Swap. We walked away with matching beanies from the consignment store and some climbing gear from the swap. Always stoked to save some cash.

Recycle

Too worn for anyone else to love? Don’t dump it in the trash! There are countless of places to send your duck taped and too frayed gear. 

Where to recycle clothing:
North Face - Close The Loop

Patagonia - Reuse Recycle Program

Where to Recycle Shoes:
Nike - Reuse-A-Shoe Program

Where to Recycle Other Gear:
Green Guru - Recycling Program For Bike Tubes, Wetsuits, Climbing Ropes, Tents and Banners 

Terracycle - Collect and recycle almost any form of waste

Metamorphic Gear


Patrycja is the Ambassador for our Utah chapter. You can join her local meetups and discussions through the Utah chapter by clicking here.

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