Share Your Leave no Trace Tips

This week I wrote this article with Leave No Trace tips from 7 of our top Legends:

I wanted to open up the discussion further to ask everyone what their tips are for new campers learning to Leave No Trace?

And thanks to Legends @bbvanlife @Shari_G @Art_S @Hayley_K @Erin_S @JanetR and @Dave_V for their contributions as well as to the other Legends who I wasn’t able to squeeze into this article


Thanks for a great article, Taylor! It’s so encouraging to learn what others do to leave the “outdoors” better, cleaner, quieter than we find it. Love that tip to always be a learner! So easy to rest in the faulty notion that I’ve got it all dialed in.


I carry a trash bag and dog poop bags to pick up after lazy hikers and campers. People who let their dogs off leash rarely clean up after their dogs, in my experience. It’s obviously a pet peeve of mine. I am also shocked by the number of cigarette butts I find in the woods. Do smokers not get that butts are still trash? Ok, that’s another pet peeve. It comes from living in a National forest that was destroyed by a fire. I live near a dispersed camping area and I walk the trails cleaning up trash during the week when the sites are empty. I fill bags with shotgun shells, water bottles, cigarette butts, dog poop, cans, bottles, discarded clothing, ATV parts, oil bottles, paper…you get the idea.


We are member of Back Country Horsemen of America, and “LNT” is a primary mantra of the organization. Here’s a link to the national organization’s information, and if you explore the site a bit, you can find local chapters offering workshops & clinics on the subject. Yes, we’re “horsemen” and “horsewomen,” but all who are interested in trails and backcountry are welcome! We also create and maintain trails for all to use, so join in. BTW, we’ve shared camps with hikers more than a few times, and hauled a couple out who ran into problems.

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Good piece, Taylor. I always try to take a bag with me on hikes or walks on the beach. There always seems to be trash to pick up. I used to take plastic shopping bags, but lately I have been using a paper shopping bag. If I’m home I separate recyclable things. If I find a trash bin in a public place I empty the bag into the bin and save the bag for the next walk. Every day is Earth Day in our minds!


We pick up trash at every place we camp, whether it’s hiking or kayaking. I don’t understand why so many people think it’s okay to leave their crap behind, but it’s a surety it will happen.


We share the same pet peeves!