When you go backpacking, it is imperative that you leave your areas as clean or better than how you found them. That is where the Leave no Trace concept comes in. Perhaps you have never heard of Leave no Trace or need a reminder on what it is: it is an organization put in place to encourage those in outdoor spaces to enjoy wild places responsibly by following their basic core principles. These principles are:
- Always prepare and plan ahead
- Set up camp on surfaces that are durable and hard
- Properly dispose of any waster
- Leave behind anything you may find
- Minimize the impact of your campfires
- Be respectful of all wildlife
- Show consideration towards other people
As noted by their name, the ideologies behind Leave no Trace are centered upon making the smallest impact as possible on nature. I have always been a strong supporter of the Leave no Trace campaign, and follow their standards everywhere I backpack.
Over the years, I have backpacked on some of the most beautiful trails in the United States. I love exploring the pristine wilderness many areas offer backpackers and other nature enthusiasts. Though many of these parks are managed by Park Service Managers, it is crucial as visitors that we treat the property respectfully once we have gained access to ensure the natural areas continue to be provided for years to come.
By being diligent at following the principles of Leave no Trace, we help to keep our lands clean so future generations can continue enjoying them for many years to come. When following the Leave no Trace principles, you are not only following the rules and regulations of the parks you are visiting, but you are being a responsible steward of the places you go.
To learn more about the Leave no Trace organization, simply visit their website. There are many things we can all learn about keeping nature natural.