9 Leave No Trace
Outdoor Project was created with a community in mind, and one that we hope will become an integral part in collectively inspiring everyone to spend more time outdoors.
Winter in the backcountry is all about having fun while staying warm and dry. It also means experiencing the best of the outdoors in a different way, when established trails give way to snow-covered paths and campsites are rarely located on dry ground. Do you know the Leave No Trace principles for winter adventure?
How often do you wake up and think to yourself that it's a great day to do something stupid?
Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Of all the questions which can come before this nation, short of the actual preservation of its existence in a great war, there is none which compares in importance with the great central task of leaving this land even a better land for our descendants than it is for us.” While this statement makes a case for the urgency of being conservation minded and practici
As more and more people recreate outdoors each year, it becomes absolutely essential for us to practice Leave No Trace [1] individually - and in this day in age, we need Leave No Trace now more than ever! By making more responsible choices about what we do in the outdoors we make sure that the places we love stay beautiful, clean, and open. However, practicing Leave No Trace is not easy.
I teach at a high school on Hawai'i's Big Island, and every week we have an assembly in which students and teachers make announcements. As the leader of our school’s budding outdoor program, it isn't uncommon for me to get up and announce upcoming trips.
Most outdoor enthusiasts would agree that outdoor adventures should always strive to have a limiting impact on a place. Practicing the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace [1] is an excellent start to minimizing our corporeal footprint left on a place. However, leaving your mark on a place doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve left a physical footprint, or one that is evident via our senses.
In the fall of 2005, I found myself in the backcountry wilderness of Chilean Patagonia, trudging across wetlands covered by foot-high moss like sponges to the touch, where we sometimes pitched a tent in standing water and the rain fell in unrelenting and steady monotony. Despite the seemingly indefatigable march of progress, there are still parts of this world that remain largely untrammeled
Practicing Leave No Trace [1] is a collective effort, meaning that its success or failure at minimizing impacts to nature depends on millions of individuals making responsible choices each time they recreate outdoors. Each of us is ultimately responsible for our own actions outdoors, and hopefully we will each take it upon ourselves to become properly educated in Leave No Trace.