The Guide To No Trace Camping

The Guide To No Trace Camping

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No Trace Camping

Leave No Trace camping is a national program honored by many organizations committed to the preservation and enjoyment of the outdoors, including The Boy Scouts of America.

As applied to camping, there are several guidelines to follow to adhere to the principles of this important program. As an individual or family, you may believe your impact upon the environment is miniscule, but multiply your footprints by millions of other outdoor enthusiasts, and you can easily imagine why commitment to this program by everyone is needed.

Basic Rules of “Leave No Trace” Camping

The main website for this program, offers campers seven basic rules:

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare – follow area rules, build campfires of appropriate size
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces – to avoid trampling vegetation and organisms
  • Dispose of Waste Properly – Sanitation – wastewater and human waste need proper disposal. Do not contaminate nearby water resources and bury feces
  • Leave What You Find – enjoy, view and photograph, but do not remove objects
  • Minimize Campfire Use – use lightweight camp stoves and candle lanterns, use existing campfire rings. Do not have fires when wood is scarce, supply is limited, or in the desert. Build small fires, using small dead and downed wood. Burn wood to ash and remove unburned trash and food. Make certain all burned materials are dead out before you leave.
  • Respect Wildlife – observe from a distance, stay away from animals and store food securely
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors – be courteous, yield to other users and pack stock on trails, avoid loud voices and noises

In addition to these, The Boy Scouts of America organization recommends these practices:

  • Minimize Activity – use existing trails and campsites, spread out large groups to avoid creating new trails and erosion
  • Pack It In, Pack It Out – whatever you pack in, take out with you
  • Minimize Site Alterations – do not dig tent trenches or build furniture; do not harm trees with nails, hatchets or saws. Do not tie horses to trees and replace rocks or twigs you move from the campsite. Leave high-impact sites clean and as you found them.

Plan Ahead & Be Thoughtful When Camping The basic concept here is to leave natural areas in the same condition as you find them, without disturbing the local environment or wildlife. It is an excellent method for preserving natural areas for use by future generations, and it reduces any potential negative impact campers and their activities might have on those resources. Before you pack up and head for your campsite, take a few minutes – or more – to plan ahead. Make a list of what you are taking along and then go over it to be sure you have everything needed to leave no trace of your visit behind when you leave your campsite. Have the trash bags, backpacks, tools and trail maps you will need packed along with your camping gear. Be thoughtful before, during and after your camping trip to make it a teaching experience for others who accompany you. Careless camping behavior can destroy natural areas beyond recovery. Your example of care for the environment is the best way to pass this information along to future campers. If every camper strives to leave no trace behind, beautiful camping areas will always be available for visitors to use and enjoy. Order your camping tent from Litefighter today!