Leave No Trace: It's that Simple
You love being outdoors? If you're reading this, then we can bet you're nodding your head right about now. It's pretty simple folks. If you're outdoors, then you've heard the saying "Please take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing...seriously nothing, take all your sh!t back where you came from."
But seriously, respect the outdoors. Keep wild places wild.
Still in doubt? Here's your checklist to make sure you're leaving no trace.
Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Know where you're going.
- Know what you're doing.
- You can predict the weather. Kinda.
- Most importantly, plan how you're bringing your trash back out with you.
Travel and camp on durable surfaces
- Stick to maintained trails or social trails. They are there for a reason.
- Find established campsites. There's no need to recreate the wheel.
Dispose of waste properly
- Pack it in, pack it out. Everything.
- Use ziplock bags to repackage your foods, then to cook in. Then reuse them as trash bags.
- When pooping like a bear, dig catholes 6 to 8 inches deep. 200 feet from water, camp, and trails. Then cover that sh!t.
- Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products. Bears have their own TP and don't need yours.
Leave what you find
- Preserve the past. See it. Take pics. Post it. Go home.
- Preserve nature. See rock. Take pics. Post it. Go home
Minimize campfire impacts
- Unless there's a designated fire ring for campfires don't build one.
- If fires aren't permitted, don't build one.
- If you can't break sticks with your bare hands, then don't use them. Unless you go with the Rock, who can probably break pretty big sticks with his bare hands, keep your fires small.
- Kill the fire when you're done. Burn your fire to ash. Pee on it. Then scatter cool ashes. Don't make Smokey the Bear come after you.
- Or don't, and get attacked. And possibly die.
- As much as you'll try to talk to wild animals, remember, they don't speak English. Or Spanish. We've tried.
- So, keep your distance and keep your life.
- Don't feed animals. Period.
Be considerate of other visitors
- Respect others. Period.
- Don't play loud music, unless you have exquisite musical taste that can get people dancing.
- Know proper trail etiquette. Share your snacks.