Take Nothing But Pictures – Unless It’s Someone Else’s Trash

I always have a grocery sack or two in my backpack. They take up no space at all and weigh practically nothing.

Like duct tape and Ziploc bags, they come in handy whenever you have to MacGyver your way out of a tight spot – rain hat, moisture barrier, things like that.

They’re also useful for packing out what you – or someone else – packed in. Most of us don’t want to see garbage when we go for a hike. And most of us pack out our own garbage.

But there are a few people who don’t.

It’s not like we’re ever going to change them. They didn’t listen to their mothers about cleaning their room so why should they listen to us.

Instead of getting indignant about it, I just clean it up and pack it out myself. It’s not fun, but it makes me feel better.

Look what I found along the trail today. It’s a good thing I had two bags with me.
Trail TrashJust a reminder – here are the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace Ethics*:

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find [This doesn’t include garbage.]
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

You can learn more details about these Seven Principles and The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics at http://lnt.org/learn/7-principles.

There’s a reason we enjoy the great outdoors. Together we can keep it that way.

See ya’ on the trail,


*The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. This copyrighted information has been reprinted with permission from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.LNT.org

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