At Mountain Chicks we want to ensure that our Ambassadors and our members are practicing the Leave No Trace principles. There is nothing worse than going on a hike and finding trash along the way!
“The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a national organization that protects the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. The Center accomplishes this mission by delivering cutting-edge education and research to millions of people across the country every year.”
The principles taught by Leave No Trace are ones that any of the adventurous should abide by. There are seven principles that embody their message:
The Seven Principles
The following are a selection from the Leave No Trace Seven Principles. © 1999 by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.LNT.org.
First things first. Littering.
Whether you are driving down the street or walking your dog, throwing your trash on the ground isn’t cool. Please don’t do it on the trail either. Almost every time I hike I am picking up after another person. A great practice to take on! If you see trash that isn’t harmful for you to pick up, please pack it out with you. Leading by a positive Leave No Trace example is a great rule of thumb to abide by.
Second. Using the bathroom in public.
If you must urinate in the woods, please don’t leave your toilet paper on top of the brush for everybody to enjoy. I practice the drip-dry method; find what works for you. More specifically, here are the rules Leave No Trace suggests following:
Dispose of Waste Properly
More can be found here on the Leave No Trace principles when it comes to wildlife, campfires, planning, preparing, and overall respect in the wild. We want to keep our reputation clean and positive on the trail as Mountain Chicks!
Written By Logan of Her Oregon Life
© 1999 by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.LNT.org.
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Dani is the Founder of Mountain Chicks and the primary author of the Mtn Chicks Blog. Here you'll find outdoor tips, travel experiences, gear reviews and more.