How closely to you follow Leave No Trace?

The Leave No Trace Blog conducted a small poll; the basic question was: How closely to you follow Leave No Trace practices and techniques? The four answer choices were:

1) I strictly follow Leave No Trace practices and even carry out my human waste. 2) I try to practice Leave No Trace […]

Winter Camping Poo: Pack it out

What to do with your Winter Camping poo? If you don’t have the luxury of portable toilets near your activity area, you’ll need to consider how to best dispose of human waste. The soil is usually several feet out of reach and hard as a rock unless you can locate a patch of bare ground […]

Leave No Trace 101

I have attended two Leave No Trace training classes: a weekend Leave No Trace trainer taught through the Green Mountain Club and a week long Master Educator class taught by the Appalachian Mountain Club through the Adirondack Mountain Club.

In both classes the participants were required to teach some of the concepts. What struck […]

LNT Principle #2: Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

Surface Durability – The concept of durability is an important one for back country travelers to understand. Natural surfaces respond differently to backcountry travel. Durability refers to the ability of surfaces to withstand wear or remain in a stable condition. The effect of travel across ice and snow is temporary, making snow and ice a […]

LNT Principle #1: Plan Ahead and Prepare

Poor planning often results in miserable campers and damage to natural and cultural resources. Trip planning important is important as it:

It helps ensure the safety of groups and individuals. It prepares you to Leave No Trace and minimizes resource damage. It contributes to accomplishing trip goals safely and enjoyably. It increases self-confidence and opportunities […]

Leave No Trace Tips for Winter Camping

Leave No Trace has posted tips tailoring their principles to winter conditions.

Plan Ahead and Prepare Know the area and what to expect; ALWAYS check avalanche and weather reports prior to departure. Consult maps and local authorities about high danger areas, safety information, and regulations for the area you plan to visit. Prepare for extreme […]