Leave No Trace

We at Here to Camp follow, support, and believe in the principles of ‘Leave No Trace’ – and we push our community to do the same. Abiding by the principles of Leave No Trace is a foundational value to us at Here to Camp, and we hope to raise awareness and adoption of these principles by making it a focal point in our community.

So what is Leave No Trace?

Leave No Trace is a non-profit organization with a mission of providing solutions for the protection of the natural world. Leave No Trace works to accomplish this by educating the public on its science-based principles.  When these principles are understood and followed, everyone is empowered to do their part in protecting the great outdoors. The science of minimizing your impact has been summarized into these 7 principles:

      1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
      2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
      3. Dispose of Waste Properly
      4. Leave What You Find
      5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
      6. Respect Wildlife
      7. Be Considerate of Others
Simple, right?

Well, if you’re anything like us, we’ve been guilty of breaking these rules in the past before we truly understood them. And since educating our community on these principles is a key focus, we have linked each of them back to in-depth articles and explanations from our friends at Leave No Trace. We ask each person in this community to please take the time to read through each one and put them into practice.

Why We Care

Our obsession with following and educating others on these principles is simple: we cherish what the great outdoors provide, and it’s our responsibility to protect them for future generations. With these principles in hand, we can each do our part in helping to protect the thing we enjoy and value the most.

We’d like to leave you with the words of Craig Childs, taken from the Soul of Nowhere:

“I believed even worse would happen to us if we abandoned this wilderness, and I stared out across the night desert imagining what worse could be. We would become nothing without deep and pressing country, places we can never name or possess. Our insides would weaken if we did not have such things. Our minds would become bitter and self-absorbed. I had many times tried to invent a valid argument for the preservation of wilderness and could never find it within the bounds of my language. But I knew without these far places we were risking ourselves as a species. We need these anchors in the land. If we didn’t have a place like this, we’d die without ever knowing we were dead. We’d just keeping building things that make lives better, letting us live longer, but dead the whole time.”

Who’s ready to do their part in protecting these wild places now, WE ARE! And we hope you are too, see you out there!