Tracks in the snow are an unavoidable sign of human presence in the middle of winter. Fortunately, they’ll disappear with the next snowfall, windstorm, or after a few day of hot sun.
Energy bar wrappers and metal strips from wax containers are avoidable signs of human presence. They don’t disappear.
But picking up garbage is only one consideration for leaving no trace while out on the trails or in the backcountry.
What is “Leave No Trace” all about?
We’ve all been at that trailhead where even finding a parking spot is an epic adventure. As we wander away from the masses, the beaten path and the overwhelming signs of human presence, it becomes critical to reduce our impact and keep the wild in wildlands.
Leave No Trace is simply awareness, appreciation and respect of wild spaces. It is a way of thinking that guides actions to help reduce our impact – a great goal for 2011 and beyond!