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7 Ways to Leave no Trace

Byline: Shafeeqah Gordon

Recently certified mountain guide and Salomon Ambassador, Shafeeqah Gordon shares seven ways that you can enjoy the outdoors without leaving a trace!

  • Plan and Prepare
    • “Know before you go”
    • Know regulations and special concerns for area you’ll visit
    • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards and emergencies
    • Repackage food to minimise waste
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
    • Only use or camp on established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grass or snow
    • Camp at least 70m from lakes and streams
    • Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites
  • DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY
    • Pack it in, pack it out
    • Human waste to be buried in cat holes 15 to 20 centimetres deep and at least 60 meters from water, camp and trails
    • Litter bags to be taken with on hike if necessary
  • LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND
    • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them
    • Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches
    • Preserve past - leave natural objects & cultural artefacts
  • MINIMISE CAMPFIRE IMPACT
    • Use a lightweight stove for cooking and a candle lantern for light
    • Keep fires small and use sticks from ground that can be broken by hand
    • Burn all wood to ash, put out fire completely & scatter cool ashes
  • RESPECT WILDLIFE
    • Observe wildlife from a distance
    • Do not follow or approach
    • Never feed
    • Store food and trash securely
    • Control pets or leave at home
    • Avoid during, mating, nesting, raising young or winter
  • BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER USERS
    • Respect other visitors
    • Be courteous. Yield to other users
    • Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors
    • Avoid loud voices and noises

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“Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.”

Just some classic advice from Shafeeqah Gordon when it comes to using the outdoors as your playground, without jeopardising it – because we know how much of you head out for a run and end up building furniture. Jokes.

Do you have any tips to conserving the environment?

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“Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.”

You know a mountain guide is being serious when they stop you from building furniture or digging trenches. Jokes aside, peruses the following blog from Shafeeqah Gordon who works hard to explain how you can enjoy the outdoors while at the same time conserving it.