In the mid 20th-century there was a cultural shift in wilderness ethics from woodcraft where wilderness travelers prided themselves on their ability to rely on the resources of wild lands to minimal impact on the environment. Leave No Trace was born out of necessity, as there was a large increase of people venturing into the wilderness. Leave No Trace is about making good decisions to protect the world around you - the world we all enjoy. A concept, which has long found its way from its origin in the National Parks of the United States.
Leave No Trace refers to a set of in the outdoors. It is built on seven principles:
These seven principles have been adapted to different activities, ecosystems and environments.
I am a qualified Leave No Trace trainer, delivering one-day awareness courses, which again are very Hands On and practical. We will be covering all seven principles in a workshop-style, spending time indoors as well as outdoors. Past clients have included 5* adventure travel tour operator Wilderness Scotland and the training provider, Wild Scotland.
I was lucky enough to spend a week with lecturers and students from Finland, Iceland and Scotland as part of an ERASMUS project in Fort William.
The lead of the ADVENT project, Hulda Hauksdottir, has written this lovely reference.