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Date Saturday  7/31/2021
End Date Sunday  8/1/2021
Group State CMC
Event Title Leave No Trace Trainer Course Fossil Ridge Wilderness Backpack
Start Time 10:00 AM
Status Approved
Leader Tobias Nickel
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 5
Type Trip
Trip Type Backpack
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate 
Trail Mileage 10
Elevation Gain 4000
Driving Distance


Fossil Ridge Wilderness

The Fossil Ridge Wilderness is located approximately 15 miles northeast of the city of Gunnison in west-central Colorado. The ‘Fossil Ridge’ contains fossilized remains of numerous prehistoric sea creatures and rises well above tree line, providing panoramic views of almost half of Colorado’s fourteeners. In this majestic and tranquil wilderness, opportunities for solitude and primitive and unconfined recreation abound.


For more info Contact

Tobias Nickel

(619) 302-8755


Backpacking Itinerary: We will be backpacking for two days in the Fossil Ridge Wilderness. We will meet at the Gold Creek Trailhead at 10:00am on Saturday, July 31st. From there, we will hike 3-4 miles on the South Lottis Trail to upper Lamphier Lake, where we will camp for the night. The next morning, we will summit Henry and Square Top Mountains. We will then break down camp and hike back out of the wilderness to Gold Creek Trailhead. The trip total is approximately 10 miles with about 4,000 feet elevation gain/loss. We will allow plenty of time to cover course material. This allows us to cover course curriculum at a reasonable pace. Anticipate to be back at the vehicles on Sunday at 5:00pm.

Curriculum: This two-day course is designed for individuals who are interested in learning about Leave No Trace and deeping their own wildlands ethics. A Leave No Trace Trainer Course emphasizes skills and techniques essential to practicing and teaching Leave No Trace minimum impact outdoor ethics. We will cover the seven Leave No Trace principles and give participants tools and techniques for disseminating low-impacts skills to recreationists. The Trainer Course does not teach outdoor skills other than those based on the principles of Leave No Trace.

Core Components for Trainer Course Curriculum:

1. A minimum of 16 total hours of experiential instruction.

2. The role and function of a Leave No Trace Trainer.

3. The principles and ethics of leave No Trace.

4. Teaching skills and techniques and student learning styles.

5. At least one student led teaching exercise by each participant.

6. Overview of the national Leave No Trace program.

7. The role and function of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.


Course Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this two-day course, each participant will become a Leave No Trace Trainer and receive a completion certificate from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Successful completion of the course requires participation in all course activities and teaching exercises. Those who complete the Trainer Course are equipped to:

Understand, practice, and teach minimum impact techniques for friends, family, and/or community groups;

Lead a discussion on outdoor ethics and help others explore their own personal outdoor ethic;

Understand and explain the mission of and need for Leave No Trace;

Serve as a co-instructor for Leave No Trace Trainer Courses with a qualified Master Educator;

Offer Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops.


Course Requirements and Expectations: Participants should be in good physical condition and be able to hike with a full pack (30-40 pounds) for 5 miles per day. Successful completion of the course requires participation in all course activities and teaching exercises. Student participant is key for lively discussions, and it is my hope that we will all learn from each other. Some readings and preparation prior to the course are required. To facilitate an open and constructive exchange of ideas and viewpoints, all students are expected to support their peers through active listening and thoughtful questioning. Behavior that is disrespectful of others will not be tolerated. If you have concerns about the course or the classroom environment, please bring them to the attention of the instructor as soon as possible.

Food and Equipment: We will discuss group items and meal planning prior to the trip. If you have special dietary needs, please notify the instructor. Please refer to the packing list that will be provided by your instructor.

Safety: As participant safety is a high priority for all courses, procedures and policies have been developed to limit participant risk. Participants are expected to work with staff to reduce risks and make the experience successful for all. In case of an emergency, course instructors are trained in wilderness first aid, carry first-aid kits, and follow a comprehensive Emergency Action Plan. Despite such steps, participants should be aware that there are risks associated with outdoor adventure activities, including but not limited to, cooking and camp chores, adverse weather and environmental conditions, remote location, and transportation via vehicles and on foot. Please carefully read and sign the Participant Acknowledgement and Assumption of Risks and Release and Indemnity Agreement. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tobias Nickel at (619) 302-8755 or

Individual Teaching Sessions: The Leave No Trace Trainer Course is a critical component of the Leave No Trace education model. Graduates of the Trainer Course are expected to teach others, including agency personnel and the public, the principles of Leave No Trace through various forms of outreach, including Awareness Workshops, seminars, ranger talks, and short presentations. In order to better equip Trainers to meet this expectation, each participant will teach one short class in the field during their Leave No Trace Trainer Course. These classes provide hands-on learning experiences and the chance to practice Leave No Trace teaching strategies in a supportive, educational environment.

We will be assigning teaching topics a week before the course. You will be assigned to teach one of the 7 Leave No Trace principles or a related topic to the rest of the group. Your teaching sessions should be 5-10 minutes long. We encourage you to use a creative and interactive teaching style (skit, role-play, game, question & answer, etc.). The Leave No Trace website is a great resource for background information and teaching ideas. Check out the page on Teaching Resources under Training. Start planning your teaching session as best you can before the course.

Remember that your class will take place in the field, so you will not have access to audiovisual equipment. However, visual aids can be drawn on packable items such as a white plastic bag slipped over a sleeping pad. A good visual aid leaves a strong image and reinforces the topic of discussion.

Each participant will receive constructive feedback from the instructor and other participants at the end of their teaching session. This process is not intended to be


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