Camping Sustainably – Leave No Trace


‘A thing is right when it tends to preserve the INTEGRITY

of the biotic community.

It is wrong
when it dose OTHERWISE’,

As Aldo Leopold said.

Leave no trace: what is it, people ask. Is it a responsibility, a stewardship, a passion, a legacy or what?

The truth is that it is ALL of the above. Leave No Trace is about preserving the national parks and forests of your country and about protecting the wildlife and plant life that live there. The seven principles of leave no trace are

  1. Plan and prepare: Remember even the most experienced camper may be forced to make bad decisions if they don’t prepare.
  2. Camp on durable surfaces: Camp on surfaces such as dirt and rock to avoid killing plants
  3. Dispose of waste in trash cans, or take it out with you.
  4. Leave What you find.
  5. Minimise campfire impact.
  6. Respect wildlife.
  7. Be considerate of other visitors.

To preserve our wild life and national parks Leave No Trace behind and leave it for the next person (and wild creature) the way it was for you.

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  6 comments for “Camping Sustainably – Leave No Trace

  1. Penny Rixon
    September 24, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Way to go Liam, great post. I am glad you are adopting a’ leave no trace’ policy with your camping. It really is important. I thought your list was very interesting and gave me something to think about. When I go camping with my family, we have always looked for soft grass to pitch our tent so it is softer under us when we sleep, but from now on I am going to try to camp on dirt or rock so we don’t squash any plants.
    Your trip sounds like a lot of fun and I look forward to more posts and pictures. Happy travels,
    Penny. X

    • Liam
      October 23, 2014 at 8:38 am

      Thanks 🙂
      yes we are having lots of fun and are now in Virginia.
      Once we camped on grass when we left the grass under the tent was yellow!

  2. Leonie
    September 24, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Great post Liam and it looks as if you’ve all got the hang of camping by now, and camping sustainably I’m sure. I almost wish I could try it again myself – almost! You’re going to have some wonderful memories if the photos are anything to go by. I look forward to more of your posts.
    xox Nanna

    • Liam
      October 23, 2014 at 8:44 am

      Thanks Nanna 🙂
      yes we are having lots of fun and are now in Virginia.
      Once we camped on grass when we left the grass under the tent was yellow!

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  4. March 7, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Great article on ‘leave no trace’. Spend a lot of time camping around Brisbane, Australia and it is a real shame when you go somewhere beautiful and find it covered with trash. People need to remember that in the bush there is not someone following around behind them picking up all their trash.
    Thanks for raising awareness of these issues.

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