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Q&A 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 dependin...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by WaterMolecule‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A When should I avoid geotagging?

I did not use to think of geotagging photos as a leave-no-trace issue. In fact, one slogan says leave only footprints, take only photos. Yet the Leave No Trace Social Media Guidance states: T...

8 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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 ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is this plastic net with a wide middle and bottom that looks like an upside-down flower hanging from a tree?

We recently (July, 2019) went to Bar Harbor, Maine, United States, to visit friends who live on the ocean. My husband took a walk on an established path (he's very serious about Leave No Trace) at ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Impact of throwing away fruit waste on a peak > 3200 m above a glacier

Is it okay to throw away the non-edible part of the apple - the apple core / or in general fruit waste? Does it decompose on the rock (maybe with the help of animals) and temperature, or does it in...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by cerv21‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do you properly dispose of human waste while snow camping?

Assuming the cat-hole is the preferred protocol for waste disposal in the area you are backpacking, what should you do when the soil is buried below A LOT of snow, and/or frozen?

4 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Lost‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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 le...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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 u...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the leave no trace thing to do when parallel trails start to form?

Sometimes in areas with sandy/muddy ground, multiple parallel trails will start to form. What is the least impactful way to walk a trail like this? Do you stay on whichever trail shows the most ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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 ...

8 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to minimise erosion damage to footpaths when walking?

As a fair-weather walker I frequently find myself on routes that have suffered from erosion due to the large numbers of people hiking along them. I wish to cause the least possible amount of furthe...

4 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Brian Hooper‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do some of the materials in the clothing we wear endanger marine life and the undersea environment?

I was recently told that many of the clothes we wear are made up of materials that are dangerous to marine wildlife, and the undersea environment. I'm curious as to whether or not it's true. I kn...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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 s...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How does bushcrafting relate to the "leave no trace" principles?

The skills mentioned in "What is bushcrafting?" sound useful but potentially destructive. How does bushcrafting relate to the "leave no trace" principles?

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Loduwijk‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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 s...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What kind of mementos, if any, am I allowed to collect from State and National parks in small quantities?

What kind of mementos am I allowed to collect from State and National parks in small quantities, if any? I am especially wondering about: pebbles, shells, sea-urchin-skeletons, sand-dollar-skelet...

12 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by DudeOnRock‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should I close a cathole (toilet-hole) at night?

I have made camp for one or more nights in a pristine wilderness. It may be desert, tundra, or a forested environment. At a suitable distance from camp, I have dug a nice cathole (toilet-hole) an...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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 c...

6 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Tips for using a "wag bag" to pack out human waste

I've been an avid lover of the outdoors for all of my life, camping in quite varied terrain, but so far in all these locations I've been able to use the usual LNT cat-hole methods to take care of h...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by manoftheson‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is an effective technique for plogging?

See this article on plogging, from the Washington Post Swedish Fitness Craze Coming to the US (March 06, 2018): Have you recently spotted people toting trash bags while jogging? Or their hand...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to get rid of illegal artificial paints on historical monuments?

India is known for its historical monuments and Caves are essential part of them. While among them, almost all major tourist attractions are very well conserved and looked after, unfortunately some...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A From the point of view of wildlife, what is the most dangerous component of roadside litter?

As my other litter question stated, I live on a semi-rural road, and about twice a year pick up litter from the verge. Others pick up litter too, but there are swathes of floodplain land, conserva...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How long does it take for trash to become a historical artifact (in the United States)?

How long does it take for trash like beer cans, old mattress springs, or glass bottles to go from trash and need to be packed out to being a historic artifact with archaeological significance?

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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...

5 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Romain Braun‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Akabelle‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What should an outdoors traveler know about the biodegradability of plastic?

I was wonder how long it takes plastic to biodegrade and if there is anything a person can or should do to facilitate the process for plastics in the outdoors. I know that optimally "Carry in, Car...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Eric‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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 determinin...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by amphibient‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Groups: What are proper occasions for a large, shared hole for waste?

So of course the common standard for proper burying of solid human waste is burial in a cat-hole, and generally this means one hole per instance per person. This is what I practice and teach on per...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by manoftheson‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it within Leave No Trace to spread someone's ashes in a wilderness area?

While in the Wind River Mountains, I found a bronze plaque that marked the spot where a person's ashes where scattered, and while that was done in the early 1930s, it made me wonder if it would sti...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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 biodegr...

12 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by DudeOnRock‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to minimize impact on terrain at camp?

I recently went backpacking above treeline in Colorado. It was in a National Wilderness and there were no designated camping areas. Finding a flat enough spot for 3 tents proved to be difficult at ...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Brad‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to deal with diarrhea when using a cathole in the wilderness?

I was sitting and thinking last night... If you have gas and loose stool (diarrhea) and you are squatting over a cathole in the wilderness how do keep your pants and foot wear clean? Related ...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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 fir...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by PV22‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there a Leave No Trace equivalent specifically for boaters?

This question lists the principles of Leave No Trace, taken from the Center for Outdoor Ethics website. While the general principals apply to many types of outdoor activities, this particular set ...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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 th...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by drapkin11‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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 co...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to discard of ashes when in a wilderness cabin?

I was staying in the spectacular free and open Ragohytte in magnificent Rago Nasjonalpark, and used some of the provided firewood and coal to heat up the stove in order to dry my gear and enjoy a b...

0 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by gerrit‭

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Q&A Where does uncommon litter come from?

On my last tour I've found a lot of litter in the woods again. While I do my best to get things out, I was not able to take an old oil barrel and a care tire with me =). However, these two items ma...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What can I do to discourage people from littering in the back country?

There are few feelings worse than hiking deep into an area that should be pristine and finding garbage. What are some steps that I could take to help prevent or lessen this?

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it an acceptable Leave no Trace practice to bury ruined food?

I am only considering those situations where human waste can be buried, since if that has to be carried out in a wag bag, then the food should be as well. If someone burns the oatmeal to a crisp, ...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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 wa...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is considered a water source, and why is it recommended to camp so far from them?

I've read one one of the US national forest or wilderness websites that when camping in the wild, one should camp at a certain distance from a water source. Should I understand a water source to m...

3 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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 ...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to introduce individuals to the concept of Leave No Trace

How do I prioritize teaching about the concept of Leave No Trace to someone who is unfamiliar with it, without coming across as off-putting because there are so many rules?

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by DudeOnRock‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Leave no Trace: Are campfires unethical?

According to the Centre for Outdoor Ethics: "The use of campfires, once a necessity for cooking and warmth, is steeped in history and tradition [...] the natural appearance of many areas has ...

6 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by ShemSeger‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A What's the best way to dispose of a body in the backcountry?

Suppose you needed to dispose of a large carcass for one reason or another while in the backcountry... what would be the best way to dispose of it in the woods so that it wouldn't be discovered? Yo...

7 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by ShemSeger‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do you build a campfire that leaves no trace?

Say you're camping in the backcountry where there aren't any developed campsites or fire rings. What methods are there for building a camp fire that will leave absolutely no trace afterwards?

0 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by ShemSeger‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the principles of Leave no Trace?

What are the fundamental principles of leaving no trace in the backcountry?

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by ShemSeger‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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 detec...

3 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by sixtyfootersdude‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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