Trail Break Radio – Episode 4: Transit to Trailheads: Navigating Equitable and Eco-Friendly Access

From microtransit to gondolas to reservation systems, how do we ensure access to the backcountry is sustainable and equitable? Do we build parking lots and infrastructure to improve access? Or do we limit infrastructure to give greater opportunities for solitude and to give the resource a rest?

Photo Credit: Dally Hue @dallyhue

This week’s Trail Break Radio episode is relevant to anyone who seeks adventure beyond their own front yard.

Gary Kofinas, Jay Erickson, and Anthony Cupaiuolo will be delving into the art of getting from home to the trailhead, exploring innovative transit strategies that aim to solve parking and crowding issues and improve equitable access to our cherished wild spaces while also ensuring these places are kept in good shape for generations to come.

Gary serves as Chair of the Teton Backcountry Alliance and is Professor Emeritus in Resource Policy and Management at the University of Alaska. Before that, he directed and instructed experiential education programs internationally.

Jay has a strong passion for transportation equity and ensuring that all humans can experience the soul-nourishing nature that so many of us have built our lives around. He recently joined the Wasatch Backcountry Alliance board and is a construction project manager by profession.

Executive Director at Tahoe Backcountry Alliance, Anthony is a long time splitboarder, South Tahoe local, and passionate advocate for public lands access. In his spare time, Anthony is a photographer and filmmaker where his passion also often intersects with advocacy and stewardship in projects for the National Forest Foundation, Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association, and Tahoe Rim Trail Association.

This isn’t just a conversation about transportation; it’s a passionate quest to protect both the access and the health of the backcountry.

You will not want to miss Episode 4, sponsored by generous Backcountry Partner, Tahoe Mountain Sports.

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