The 11th Essential

Exciting news! We have teamed up with Granite Gear’s Groundskeepers for a virtual clean-up event on April 19 for Earth Day! #DoGoodFriday.
You can head HERE for more information or to register!!

Hello everyone! Welcome to The 11th Essential. We have all heard of the 10 essentials but now, we must add an 11th – the trash bag.

Every day we can make a difference with the smallest act. Pick up a piece of trash here, a bag of trash there, educate someone on Leave No Trace. There are so many great ways to make a difference.

Let’s all do our part to prevent our wild places from turning into a wasteland. Next time you’re on the trail or whatever outdoor activity you enjoy, pack your 11th Essential and let it help you start conversations with others about the importance of Leave No Trace.

Not only is the actual clean-up important, educating and advocating are equally as important in helping to win the fight in protecting these beautiful places.

By adding a trash bag to our essential items, we deepen the purpose of our adventures. Now, our adventures are one of stewardship. Educating others we come in contact with on our adventures elevates this even more.

Through every adventure, with every bag, with every person we start a conversation with – we can make a difference and help protect the wild and natural places we love.

Never stop fighting to protect something you love. Every little bit DOES make a difference. Together, WE CAN move mountains (of trash). WE CAN protect the places that our hearts beat for. We can do it each time we #GetOutGrabOne 🌲🗻🗑

You can make a difference by also helping us spread the message of the #11thessential – a message of stewardship and protection for our wild and natural places. A simple act of adding a trash bag to your outdoor essentials can help save our wild places. 🗻🗑🌲

Follow along on Instagram at @11thessential for updates! Thank you and happy and clean trails to you! – Britany