Code of Conduct for Outdoor Enthusiasts by cmlang


									by: Chuck Fitzgerald

My favorite outdoor related quote comes from John Muir, the father of our national park system
and founder of the Sierra Club. He said, When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it
attached to the rest of the world. This quote means more to me today than it did twenty years ago
and will undoubtedly mean more to me still as I spend an increasing amount of time out of doors.
Muir is telling us something of great importance - we are attached to nature too. Therefore, how
we think and act while visiting wild places today will ultimately determine the amount of
enjoyment by outdoor enthusiasts for ever more. So how should we think and act?

A code of conduct exists for outdoor enthusiasts. It is called the Principles of Leave No Trace.
This set of best practices was designed specifically to ensure our outdoor recreational activities
are sustainable over long periods of time. Leave No Trace is an organization dedicated to
educating people on how to minimize their impacts while enjoying the outdoors. Here are their
seven 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 Other Visitors

BackCountry Toys is a supporter of Leave No Trace and we encourage all outdoor enthusiasts to
do likewise. To learn how to put these principles into action, you may find more information on
their website at or on our website as well.

Over the years, I have tugged on countless things in nature. I have found out they are indeed
attached to everything else - including me. As outdoor enthusiasts we understand the importance
of our relationship with the backcountry and we are keenly aware of how our attitudes and our
actions determine the long term viability of these wild places. Here is another of my favorite
quotes. This one is by Michel Montaigne. Let us permit Nature to take her own way; she better
understands her own affairs than we." Use this information and youll Get It Right The First
Time. Get Outdoors!

This article was posted on April 12, 2005

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