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The Leave No Trace Principles of Backpacking

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Learn the key principles of the leave no trace approach to hiking which promotes environmentally-friendly hiking, backpacking and trekking

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In this video, you are going to learn the main principles of the "Leave No Trace" philosophy for your daytime hikes. This philosophy, which comes from the United States and Canada, incites everyone doing outdoor activities to leave no trace of their presence on the environment.

We are going to present the 7 main principles of the "Leave No Trace" philosophy.

Firstly, prepare and plan ahead. Preparing well for your hike is crucial, as it will help you to achieve your objectives effectively and safely, whilst minimising damage to the area in which you travel.

When preparing for your hike, don't forget to find out about the regulations and special concerns particular to the area you are going to visit.

Secondly, use durable surfaces. During your hikes, walk on existing trails, paved or gravel paths.

In popular areas, walk on the paths in single file. In more remote areas, do the opposite, spread out to avoid creating new trails.

Thirdly, dispose of your waste properly. The principle is simple: take away everything that you bring with you. Don't leave any litter or left-over food, even if it is biodegradable.

Fourthly, leave everything that you find intact. Leave rocks and all natural objects as you find them and avoid picking and transporting plants.

Fifthly, minimise the impact of fires. As much as possible, don't make fires, as they have an irreparable impact on the countryside. Where fires are allowed, use designated places.

Sixthly, respect wildlife. Observe animals from a distance, without trying to approach them. Don't feed them and avoid sudden movements and excessive noise.

Finally, be considerate of other visitors. Be courteous, give way to others on the trails, and avoid talking loudly and making noise.

Theses few principles can help everyone adopt a morerespectful attitude to the environment, so that hiking outdoors can remain a pleasure for all to share.


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