Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace is an American initiative to educate and encourage users of the outdoors to converse, protect and minimise impact on the environment. 7 principles are urged:

  1. Plan Ahead & Prepare
  2. Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Others

Whilst the principles tell nothing new, their teaching is growing amongst UK outdoor professionals.

Success!

I came across a wild camp today, and my blood instantly boiled. But dropping down, it wasn’t that bad. I’ve seen worse. A plastic bottle, broken chair, firepit, and, the biggest item, a brand-new erect tent. I can carry this lot back.

The tent was a Eurohike 200 pop-up type. Sold in a well-known outdoors shop (which shall remain nameless) for £25.

The problems started when trying to fold up the tent. A degree in origami is needed. I eventually gave up after  managing to squash to a metre diameter. No wonder so many of these tents are thrown away after being used once for festivals. Or is that the idea — single-use?

So much for the outdoors shop ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ credentials.

What a waste of resources.

The one that got away.

I nearly lost my new found kite on the walk back to Gribdale.

I had thought the campers had at least made a token effort of tidying up but then I came across their litter bag which had obviously not withstood the weight of empties and shredding by the heather. Top-tip: use a heavier gauge poly bag next time.

This was too much for me to tidy. I’ll have to make a return trip.

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