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- Posted:Thursday, August 6, 2009
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Firstly, the group asks that you plan ahead and prepare. Make sure that you're aware of any regulations relating to the area you're in, repackage any food to minimise waste and schedule your trip so that you're not heading off at a time when everyone will be too. It's also important to dispose of waste properly. Leave No Trace advises digging six-to-eight-inch deep catholes to bury your poo in and then cover and disguise when you're done.
Leaving your environment as you find it is a big one. Building structures or digging trenches is a big no-no, as is introducing non-native species to the area. Speaking of species, Leave No Trace asks that you don't feed any animals you come across as it's bad for their health and leaves them at risk from other predators.
If you think you might still need a few lessons on how to be the perfect backpacker, Leave No Trace offers a huge range of different courses to teach you the ethics of travelling around. For the uninitiated, it runs an Awareness Workshop which covers introductory skills in things like minimizing campfire impacts and respecting wildlife. Right now, the team is on a tour of fifteen US states, going round schools and camps, spreading the Leave No Trace gospel. I hear you, brother!