"...take only photos, leave only foot prints..."
|© 1999 by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.LNT.org.|
What is Leave No Trace
|Irish version of the Leave No Trace principles|
The seven principles of Leave No Trace theory:
Principle 1: Plan ahead and prepare
Principle 2: Travel and camp on durable surfaces
Principle 3: Dispose of waste properly
Principle 4: Leave what you find
Principle 5: Minimise camp-fire impacts
Principle 6: Respect wildlife & farm animals
Principle 7: Be considerate to other visitors
My approach to Leave No Trace
|Jon in his natural environment...|
Here are a few photos demonstrating aspects of the seven principles of Leave No Trace and how they impact on the environment.
|One of the nearly 200 DOC camp-sites in New Zealand: Torrent Bay Camp-site, Abel Tasman NP|
|My Luxe tent set up in the established camp site at Cowshed Bay, Marlborough|
|Plan thoroughly to prevent accidents...|
Always, always pack out what you have packed in, do not leave litter in the natural environment. Don't burn plastics in a camp fire or wood burner. If you have space take any rubbish you find with you. Trying to minimise the packaging you use is also a good general method of environmental care.
|Lucky Jon carrying the rubbish bag...|
|Firing up the billy on sand minimises its long term visual impact...|
|...or use an existing fire pit!|
|Brew time on the bed of the Blue Grey River, Victoria FP in 2016|
If you find some kind of historic structure or artefact please respect its scientific, cultural and historic values and leave it in place! Often its importance is tied to the location...removing it or vandalising it devalues its worth. This is especially important for Maori artefacts...they represent the history of their people and should never be touched.
|Historic boat wrecks, Quail Island, Banks Peninsula|
When I'm out tramping I stay on the tracks whenever possible, obviously this is not always possible but if there is a choice between track or virgin bush always use the track. Do not go around muddy spots on a track, doing so will encourage others and widen the track.
|Following the St James Walkway in 2015, nice dry track, use the stiles and bridges provided|
|A muddy track...go through it not around it!|
You should avoid building shelters in the outdoors unless it is an emergency. Moving the materials for these shelters can damage the local ecology by removing a natural home/food source and are visually offensive. If you must build a shelter make sure you return the materials to their original location afterwards.
|Don't build shelters of natural materials unless absolutely necessary!|
|St James wild horses...one of the few large wild animals we have in New Zealand!|
What we do have are birds...when you are out on your adventures ensure you interact with our native birds in a careful and responsible manner. Do not feed them, do not interfere with them and respect their boundaries.
|Kea or New Zealand Mountain Parrot at Arthur's Pass...don't feed them!|
|A Weka or native Wood-hen, fearless scavengers of human detritus|
|Tramping in a small group is less invasive to the environment|
Final thoughts on Leave No Trace
|Waimakiriri River Valley...the type of rugged beauty we are trying to preserve|
|Me enjoying quiet commune with nature, Travers-Sabine Circuit 2018|
|...take only photos, leave only footprints!|
Useful Links: Leave No Trace
Department of Conservation: Leave No Trace care codes
Leave No Trace.Org: Leave No Trace Centre for Outdoor Ethics
Mountain Safety Council of New Zealand: Trip planning resources
The New Zealand Leave No Trace site: Leave No Trace New Zealand
Wikipedia: Leave No Trace