Skip to main content

Questions tagged [leave-no-trace]

Questions related to outdoor ethics including considerations for outdoor activities and the impact on the environment. This tag can also be used for questions related to the 'Leave No Trace Seven Principles' from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
17 votes
1 answer
905 views

What are the principles of Leave no Trace?

What are the fundamental principles of leaving no trace in the backcountry?
ShemSeger's user avatar
  • 53.6k
25 votes
2 answers
3k views

When is it not OK to leave feces behind?

I saw this article recently. I also know that human solid (not sure about liquid) waste is collected in buckets on river trips down the Grand Canyon. What are some basic guidelines for determining ...
amphibient's user avatar
  • 4,053
16 votes
5 answers
20k views

How to make a fire without burning the ground

I was wondering if there was a way to make a fire pit and start a fire in it, and have a way to protect the ground beneith it as much as possible. I don't really know how I could manage to do that, ...
Romain Braun's user avatar
32 votes
6 answers
10k views

Is burying human waste always the lowest-impact solution?

According to leave-no-trace principles, one should bury human waste (poo). But burying damages plants and roots. Is this really always better than not burying it and pooing on the surface? (Of ...
gerrit's user avatar
  • 27.3k
28 votes
3 answers
22k views

What's the problem with burying toilet paper?

In the backcountry, we should bury solid human waste (i.e. poop), and we are told to carry out toilet paper. According to this answer on tissues, for some kinds of waste the ecological impact is ...
gerrit's user avatar
  • 27.3k
14 votes
2 answers
7k views

What are the best methods to clean out a fire pits and dispose of the ash?

Are there any recommended methods for disposing of ash from fire pits while primitive camping? I have run into several fire pits in National and State forest camping areas where the fire pit or fire ...
Eliot G York's user avatar
  • 1,172
30 votes
8 answers
4k views

What should I do about large trash left by others on USFS land?

When you find large trash items left by others in less accessible places, what should be done? The exact scenario: We were hiking a ten mile trail on US Forestry Service land with river crossings and ...
Russell Steen's user avatar
22 votes
3 answers
13k views

When is it OK to hike off trail?

I visited my local forest preserve recently (in a suburb of Chicago, IL) and found new signs every mile or so that read something to the effect of Please stay on the trail so as to preserve the ...
drapkin11's user avatar
  • 323
21 votes
4 answers
10k views

What is the Leave No Trace way to dispose of coffee grounds?

If one makes coffee in the backcountry, there will be used grounds. Coffee grounds are biodegradable, but should one instead pack them out completely? What is the Leave No Trace way to deal with used ...
Charlie Brumbaugh's user avatar
31 votes
12 answers
15k views

Toothpaste in the back-country and the principle of leave no trace

I am a staunch proponent of leave no trace. I don't carry dish detergent (sand and small rocks work much better on stainless steel anyways,) and I don't use soap or shampoo, not even of the ...
DudeOnRock's user avatar
  • 7,491
29 votes
5 answers
5k views

What are some things to keep in mind when stealth camping?

Stealth Camping definition: Stealth camping is the act of quietly finding a place away from people where you can camp for the night and then quickly slip away in the morning without being detected. ...
sixtyfootersdude's user avatar
24 votes
2 answers
5k views

Leave-no-trace-exception for tissues?

I'm absolutely harsh when it comes to littering in the woods. After a break I take an extra turn to check if everything was picked up. Someone accidentally left a tissue on the last tour and I put it ...
OddDeer's user avatar
  • 23.5k
20 votes
3 answers
11k views

Washing clothes on long hikes

I'm looking for a good solution for clothing (or clothes washing) on long hikes with the following considerations Southeastern United States, Appalachians We hike light 10+ day trips I don't want to ...
Russell Steen's user avatar
17 votes
3 answers
615 views

Where is the optimal place to do dishes in the backcountry?

I just came back from a backpacking trip in an alpine area. I was cleaning some kitchen items (pot, spork, pan, etc) with some remnant food particles that were coming off. I use a very small amount of ...
Eric's user avatar
  • 2,138
16 votes
4 answers
7k views

Can I use a trail camera to identify a roadside litterer?

The roadside in our semi-rural area is relatively litter free. With very few exceptions, it can be easily picked up with one hand, and is not gross. But one litterer is getting to me. He (or she) ...
ab2's user avatar
  • 23.9k
12 votes
4 answers
5k views

Trail marking material that will last a few years

I'm currently trying to remark a trail that seems to be forgotten or had very little use in the past few years. The markers that remain (different types of ribbon) are fraying or crumbling depending ...
WaterMolecule's user avatar
8 votes
3 answers
843 views

Why aren't the mule trains outfitters required to clean up after their animals?

When we venture into the wilderness, we bury our solid human waste (or may even have to pack it out in some places). The basic guideline is to not leave faeces anywhere where it can be discovered or ...
gerrit's user avatar
  • 27.3k
7 votes
3 answers
1k views

What's the purpose of the huge amount of stone piles on the trails in Gran Canaria

I went for a few hikes in Gran Canaria. The trails were perfectly signposted and everything. My beautiful experience was a little bit disturbed by the sheer amount of stone piles everywhere. You ...
OddDeer's user avatar
  • 23.5k
6 votes
1 answer
690 views

What's is the Leave No Trace way to dispose of loose tea leaves?

It's possible to buy tea that is loose leaf instead on in the tea bags and use it while in the outdoors such as cold brewing in a Nalgene. Coffee grounds need to be packed out but what about tea ...
Charlie Brumbaugh's user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
2k views

Is dryer lint worth using as a fire starter even if it's also a pollutant?

I have been reading about dryer lint as an effective kindling material, but I keep having the feeling that in some way it implies burning "plastic": all the artificial materials, coloring (although it ...
Akabelle's user avatar
  • 2,832