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Leave No Trace

We highly encourage all hikers to closely follow the Leave No Trace principles, a set of guidelines designed to minimize the environmental impact of outdoor activities. The name sums up the intent of the guidelines– enjoy nature in such a way that you leave no trace of your presence.  “Take only photos, leave only footprints.”

Plan Ahead and Prepare:

  • Minimize packaging waste and bring along trash bags.
  • Plan a realistic route for your group, allowing plenty of time and energy to find a suitable camping place.
  • Keep your group size small or split a larger group into two.

Travel and Camp on Durable Surface:

  • Walk only on established paths to avoid causing erosion.
  • Camp in designated areas without disturbing flora and fauna.

Dispose of Waste Properly:

  • Pack out everything that you pack in.
  • Carry a trash bag and deposit all trash in proper receptacles, including organic waste (orange peels, egg shells, etc.)
  • Go at least 60 m (200 ft) away from water, camp site and trails to urinate or defecate.
  • Dig a hole 15-20 cm (6-8 in) deep to dispose of solid human waste.
  • Throw used toilet paper in a trash bag to pack out or bury it, do not throw on the ground or burn.

Minimize Campfire Impact:

  • We do not advice using campfires at all on the Jesus Trail, due to dryness of the region and lack of adequate firewood.  Devastating forest fires have been caused by hiker campfires.
  • Use a camping stove for food preparation.

Respect Wildlife:

  • Don’t feed or approach wild animals.
  • Store food and garbage securely, so that animals do not get into trash and eat things that are damaging to their health.

Leave Anything You Find:

  • Respect history– do not damage or remove pieces of historical structures.
  • Do not take or move rocks, plants or other natural objects.
  • Do not build, dig, stack or otherwise mutilate the natural surroundings.

Be Considerate of Other Visitors:

  • Keep your voice down so the sounds of nature prevail for the enjoyment of others.
  • Respect other people using trails and facilities.
  • Be kind and polite to locals as you walk through their towns and near their properties.  Remember that you are a guest, and treat locals as your generous hosts!

This copyrighted information has been adapted and reprinted with permission from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics:  www.LNT.org



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