Pee on a rock, and other things I learned at the Leave No Trace clinic

Buffered Bike Lane with a bike symbol and arrow pointing forward
IMG_0774

Donnie Kolb sharing his knowledge.
(Photo: Lisa Luna/Mountain Shop)

Leave No Trace ethics aren’t something we talk much about in the bike world. But we should.

As “gravel riding” and “bikepacking” skyrocket in popularity, everyone promoting it (I’m raising my hand) has a responsibility to make sure people who do it act with care and consideration for each other and the places they visit.

It was in that spirit that I joined Jocelyn Gaudi from the Komorebi Cycling Team, Gabe Tiller of Limberlost, and Donnie Kolb of Velo Dirt and OregonBikepacking.com last night at Mountain Shop. Our event came on the heels of two major bits of bad publicity last year: Donnie’s frustrated rant after people left trash and human waste along the Oregon Outback route and the story of that guy in Idaho who caused a wildfire after using flames to dispose of his soiled toilet paper.

Read more