Due to the unpredictability of springtime in the desert, we made the decision ahead of time for this course to be camping optional, which turned out to be a good thing because it rained all day Friday making the playa impassable and surrounding areas wet and muddy. Thankfully, the rain subsided by Saturday morning, but we had sustained winds of about 30 mph for most of the day (you know, typical Nevada) which made it a little hard to hear and effectively teach in our preferred outdoor setting. We did however make it out to Fly Ranch on Saturday and were able to explore the property and discuss how Leave No Trace principles apply there.
On Sunday, we hiked down Guru Road and back, learning about LNT as well as some Gerlach history. It was a beautiful day and we were able to spend the day outside in the sunshine. We wrapped up the course back at the Friends office discussing how to use the Authority of the Resource technique to approach and teach other people about responsible recreation.
Overall, it was a very good course with a wonderful group of people.
If you are interested in taking a course like this is the Black Rock Desert, we have another one scheduled for June 9th and 10th. To register contact Sarah at Volunteer@blackrockdesert.org
To learn more about Leave No Trace or how to get involved in spreading the message of responsible recreation in the state of Nevada, email: NVadvocate@lnt.org