If you go hiking I’m sure you know that you should always “pack it in, pack it out”, but what else do we need to know to keep the wilderness wild, to “Leave No Trace” of our presence? What should you do if you have to go to the bathroom and there is no outhouse? How should you wash your dishes? What is the most responsible way to have a campfire? The reason we travel to the backcountry is because we want to appreciate nature in its pristine state, but as we visit we impact the land, often in a negative way.
To make sure I’m respecting the land and leaving it as unchanged as possible by my presence, I live my life outdoors by the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace.
I have been a Certified Leave No Trace Trainer since 2006. This means that I’m trained to lead Awareness workshops to help other backcountry users learn about the Seven Principles and how to best implement them while camping and hiking.
Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops
My workshops are typically held outdoors while hiking. On the hike, we will make stops to introduce and discuss each of the Seven Leave No Trace Principles and then continue the discussion while we hike. I teach in an informal manner that encourages dialogue and participation from the whole group.
Workshops are at least 2 hours in length but could last for a full day’s hike if requested. I will tailor the hike length and difficulty to the group. I run workshops for groups of up to 8 people. There is no cost for the workshop but I do ask that the group make a donation to Leave No Trace Canada or another environmental or outdoor recreation based non-profit.
To learn more or to schedule a workshop please contact me. I can be reached by email: HappiestOutdoorsBlog [at] gmail [dot] com.
In the social media age more and more people are finding outdoor inspiration online and it seems that more and more people are heading out into the backcountry. This means that fragile places are seeing increased use and that many people aren’t aware of the impact they are having on the land when they pitch a tent, light a campfire, or do their dishes. I started the #LeaveNoTraceTuesday hashtag movement on Instagram to share LNT tips on my Instagram each Tuesday and to encourage others to do the same.
Learn More About Leave No Trace
You can learn more about Leave No Trace at lnt.org, the website of the American-based Leave No Trace Centre for Outdoor Ethics or at LeaveNoTrace.ca, their Canadian counterpart. I’ve also written Leave No Trace articles for a couple outdoor websites that you can check out: