Being a smart hiker

I’ve been hiking nearly every chance I get since 2005. In that time, I’ve learned a lot, mostly the hard way. But I’ve also taken classes, learned from mentors, read books, watched videos, attended seminars, and spent countless hours trying to improve my skills both on and off trail. Throughout my career, I’ve been an […]

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Leave No Trace

As users of public lands, we are all responsible for managing our impact while out on our adventures. While it may seem at first that there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to take a walk in the woods, it may eventually occur to you that some behaviors are more impactful than others. And if you […]

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LNT: Respect Wildlife

This is part 6 of a 7 part series exploring the why’s and how’s of practicing the seven principles of Leave No Trace. The sixth principle, respect wildlife, encourages people to view wildlife from a distance and to minimize your impact on the animals’ natural behavior and movement patterns. Why respect wildlife? Part of the […]

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LNT: Minimize campfire impacts

This is part 5 of a 7 part series exploring the why’s and how’s of practicing the seven principles of Leave No Trace. The fifth principle, minimize campfire impacts, outlines ways you can still enjoy a fire in the woods without causing a forest fire or depleting fragile landscapes of limited resources. Why minimize campfire […]

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LNT: Leave what you find

This is part 4 of a 7 part series exploring the why’s and how’s of practicing the seven principles of Leave No Trace. The fourth principle, leave what you find, refers to minimizing your impact on a space by leaving it as it is, not removing plants, animals or artifacts. Here’s an exception: remove all […]

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