Eco Conscious Hiking; Caring for Nature One Step at a Time

Eco Conscious Hiking; Caring for Nature One Step at a Time

Posted by Bert Jansen on

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Hiking With Care

Hiking is undoubtedly one of the most delightful ways to connect with the great outdoors, breathe in fresh air and escape the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. However, it's crucial that we prioritize preserving the environment we hold dear while indulging in this beloved activity. In this blog post, we'll delve into some simple yet eco-friendly hiking practices that even novice hikers can easily adopt.

Stick to Designated Trails

    When embarking on a hiking adventure, it's essential to stay on marked trails. These carefully planned paths are designed to minimize any negative impact on the environment. Venturing off track can lead to soil erosion, harm vegetation, and disrupt wildlife habitats. By respecting these designated trails, you not only preserve the beauty of nature but also ensure your own safety. Remember, these trails exist for a purpose – safeguarding nature and providing a secure hiking experience.

    Embrace "Leave No Trace."

      The "Leave No Trace" principal acts as an invaluable guideline for practicing eco-friendly hiking. It comprises a set of principles that promote responsible outdoor behavior.

      Here's a quick summary:

      • Take everything with you; Whatever you bring, make sure to take it back when you leave. This includes trash, food scraps and even things like banana peels that might biodegrade slowly in nature.
      • Dispose of waste correctly; If you need to go to the bathroom, use designated facilities or a portable toilet if available. If not, dig a small hole at least 200 feet away from any water source and bury your waste. Remember to use biodegradable toilet paper and always follow the principles of Leave No Trace.
      • Show respect for wildlife; Keep a safe distance from animals and avoid feeding them as it can disrupt their natural behavior and diet. The best wildlife encounters are those where you observe from afar, allowing them to carry on with their activities undisturbed. 

      Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

        Before starting your hike, consider the items you're bringing along. Try to minimize waste by using reusable water bottles instead of disposable ones. If you do have disposable items, make sure to recycle them properly once you're back home. Additionally, leave the trail cleaner than how you found it by picking up any litter left behind by others if it can be done safely. 

        Three Key Actions:

        1. Stick to the trail; Always stay on designated hiking paths to protect the environment and ensure your safety.
        2. Respect nature; Adhere to the principles of Leave No Trace by properly disposing of your trash, handling waste responsibly and showing respect for wildlife.
        3. Embrace sustainability; Be conscious of the items you bring along, strive to reduce waste, and pick up any litter you come across while hiking.

        Overall, eco-friendly hiking practices are not just limited to experts; they are accessible to everyone. By following these straightforward guidelines, you can play a significant role in preserving our magnificent natural landscapes for future generations. So, put on your hiking boots, embrace these principles and embark on your next adventure with nature—leaving behind only footprints and taking home cherished memories.  Enjoy your journey Into the Wild!

        Photo by Toomas Tartes on Unsplash

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