Want to be respon­si­ble and act sus­tain­ably in the back­coun­try, but don’t know where to start? Look no fur­ther. Leave No Trace (LNT) is a non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides pro­tec­tion for the out­doors “by teach­ing and inspir­ing peo­ple to enjoy it responsibly.”

Over the years they’ve iden­ti­fied these sev­en prin­ci­ples to help thought­ful adven­tur­ers keep wild places pristine.

Prin­ci­ple 1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
Exe­cut­ing a suc­cess­ful back­coun­try mis­sion starts long before you hit the trail­head. Do your home­work before you leave: know the reg­u­la­tions and any par­tic­u­lar envi­ron­men­tal con­cerns for the areas you’ll be vis­it­ing. Check the fore­cast to avoid get­ting caught in extreme weath­er. Repack­age food to min­i­mize waste. And when­ev­er pos­si­ble, sched­ule your trip to avoid the area’s times of high­est use.

Prin­ci­ple 2. Trav­el & Camp on Durable Surfaces
While it can be tempt­ing to romp across a ver­dant mead­ow Sound of Music-style, you may well be tram­pling del­i­cate veg­e­ta­tion. By trav­el­ing and camp­ing on durable sur­faces (which include estab­lished hik­ing trails and camp­sites, rocks, grav­el, dry grass­es, and snow), you’ll min­i­mize your group’s impacts on the local ecosys­tem. Pro­tect ripar­i­an zones by camp­ing at least 200 feet from lakes and streams, and keep camp­sites small. Ask your­self: if every vis­i­tor to this place camped here, what would it look like in five years?

Prin­ci­ple 3. Dis­pose of Waste Properly
Pack it in, pack it out. This applies to trash (plas­tic, wrap­pers, food pack­ag­ing) and food waste (left­over edi­bles, sun­flower seed shells, apple cores, etc.)—but it also applies to human waste. Poo pro­to­col varies depend­ing on what kind of ter­rain you’re trav­el­ing through and the area’s fed­er­al des­ig­na­tion, so check with local autho­rizes for guidance.

Prin­ci­ple 4. Leave What You Find
If you love it, leave it wild. Resist the urge to steal that sum­mit rock or inter­est­ing ani­mal bone. Avoid intro­duc­ing or trans­port­ing non-native species, and be par­tic­u­lar­ly care­ful around cul­tur­al or his­toric struc­tures and arti­facts. Enjoy the sights, take lots of pho­tos, and drink it all in—just don’t take it home.

Prin­ci­ple 5. Min­i­mize Camp­fire Impacts
Camp­fires can have last­ing impacts in the back­coun­try, so only burn where fires are per­mit­ted. For cook­ing, use your camp stove instead of fire or cold-soak your meals. When­ev­er pos­si­ble, use estab­lished fire rings. Keep fires small, and have enough water on hand to put out an unex­pect­ed spark. And last­ly, nev­er leave a fire unat­tend­ed. Rather, if you’re leav­ing your camp­site or going to sleep, always be sure to thor­ough­ly extin­guish your fire.

Prin­ci­ple 6. Respect Wildlife
Catch­ing glimpses of wildlife can be one of the most thrilling parts of a back­coun­try experience—but it’s impor­tant not to feed, fol­low, or approach them. Store your food and trash prop­er­ly and accord­ing to loca­tion best prac­tices, and con­trol pets at all times. Most impor­tant­ly, give ani­mals plen­ty of space at all times, but espe­cial­ly dur­ing their most sen­si­tive times: mat­ing sea­son, nest­ing, rais­ing young, or dur­ing the deep win­ter months. As a rule of thumb, if a wild ani­mal’s behav­ior is chang­ing in any way because of your pres­ence, you’re too close.

Prin­ci­ple 7. Be Con­sid­er­ate of Oth­er Visitors
Respect oth­er vis­i­tors. Be cour­te­ous and yield to oth­er users on the trail. (In most cas­es, peo­ple going uphill have right of way.) And man­age your group’s audi­to­ry impacts, too—avoid loud music, shout­ing, and oth­er dis­tract­ing nois­es when they could impact the expe­ri­ence of others.

In clos­ing thoughts, you or some­one you know might be tempt­ed to say, “I’m just one per­son, how much harm could I real­ly do to the envi­ron­ment?” But this is wrong. Yes, one per­son is like­ly to make lit­tle impact, but no man is an island. Hun­dreds or even thou­sands of peo­ple might be think­ing the same thing. Do your best to fol­low, but also spread the word about the best prac­tices to leave no trace.

 

Cred­it: Leave No Trace

Hap­py Fri­day, Clym­bers. Earth Day is on Sun­day and we’re cel­e­brat­ing all week­end with our friends at Leave No Trace. Like The Clymb, Leave No Trace is mem­ber-dri­ven but instead of gear­ing peo­ple up for adven­tures,  it edu­cates them how to enjoy the out­doors respon­si­bly. Not to brag, but we’ll be cel­e­brat­ing with the orga­ni­za­tion behind the most wide­ly accept­ed out­door ethics pro­gram used on pub­lic lands—anywhere. And you’re invit­ed. For every order you make through Sun­day at mid­night, we’re going to donate $1 to Leave No Trace. Don’t be late. The par­ty begins now.

Here’s what we’ve got on the dock­et for you today:

Can­non­dale —  The Can­non­dale sto­ry began in a loft above a pick­le fac­to­ry in 1971, when the com­pa­ny intro­duced the cycling indus­try’s first bicy­cle trail­er. The com­pa­ny has come a long way since, becom­ing to cyclers a brand as famil­iar and beloved as Dill.

Pacif­ic Out­door Equip­ment: Pacif­ic Out­door Equip­ment (POE) is head­quar­tered in Mon­tana’s Rocky Moun­tains, where the men are tough, the women tougher, and the Great Out­doors calls its own shots. POE respects the envi­ron­ment by design­ing gear tough enough to stand up to it.

There’s Still Time! Don’t Miss: POC, Men’s & Wom­en’s Craft, VonZip­per, Goorin Bros, Core Con­cepts, Thule, Wool­rich, Home­school, Men’s Footwear, Wom­en’s & Kids’ Footwear, Cycling Goods, & Men’s & Wom­en’s Tees.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Pick­le Me This: Did you know? Can­non­dale got its start in a crowd­ed loft above a pick­le fac­to­ry in 1971. The com­pa­ny has come a long way since then but then again so have pick­les. Take, for exam­ple, the pop­u­lar south­ern “koolick­le,” which is cre­at­ed by soak­ing dill pick­les in a mix­ture of Kool-Aid and pick­le brine. And if you think that’s cool, today marks the start to our week­end-long Earth Day cel­e­bra­tion, where we’ll be donat­ing $1 from every order through Sun­day to one of our favorite out­door non-prof­it groups, Leave No Trace. Bust out the koolick­les and let the cel­e­bra­tion begin!

KAVU believes in a life lived out­doors, where every day leaves you exhil­a­rat­ed and inspired. That belief can be felt in their appar­el and acces­sories which is why we’re pleased to offer a selec­tion of their bags and totes to fit all of your out­door car­ry­ing needs. Shop our KAVU bag event at up to 60% off retail now.

We know you guys love it when we fea­ture bikes and we’re sure that today you won’t be dis­ap­point­ed. Kilo­watt Bikes return to The Clymb with elec­tric and human-pow­ered bikes for peo­ple who want to reduce their car­bon foot­print and focus on con­ve­nience, health and hap­pi­ness. Clymb mem­bers will receive pric­ing, up to 70% off, on Kilo­watt Bikes here.

Also, we’re fea­tur­ing bike pan­niers and seat post bags from Vaude, a com­pa­ny known for qual­i­ty and devel­op­ing a range of out­door prod­ucts that per­form con­sis­tent­ly under any con­di­tion. Our Vaude event is exclu­sive­ly for mem­bers. Save up to 50% on Vaude now.

We’re hon­ored to once again work with Leave No Trace, an orga­ni­za­tion that works towards the pro­mo­tion and edu­ca­tion of out­door respon­si­bil­i­ty. We’re debut­ing exclu­sive Leave No Trace T‑shirts which fea­ture an artis­tic depic­tion of their Sev­en Prin­ci­ples. 100% of the t‑shirt pro­ceeds will go to sup­port Leave No Trace and their mis­sion. And when you pur­chase a tee, your entire order ships for free.

You can still shop our GU Ener­gy, Sunice GORE-TEX, Lib­er­ty Bot­tle­works, Pow­der and SNOWBOARDER Mag­a­zines, and Poor Boyz Revolver events.

Besides being a good place to get infor­ma­tion on orders and upcom­ing events, our Face­book and Twit­ter pages are also a buzz with our lat­est con­test where you could win $10, $20, $50 (and at least one $500) cred­it to The Clymb. Check the sites for more info.

We know our mem­bers love the out­doors. We’ve got­ten to know you from the pic­tures you sub­mit­ted, the prod­ucts you bought, and the won­der­ful blogs you’ve shared describ­ing your Clymbs; the feel­ing of accom­plish­ment you get when com­plet­ing a climb, what moti­vates you to rise before the sun and go for a run, and the appre­ci­a­tion you have for nature’s beau­ty when tak­ing a hike or rid­ing your moun­tain bike.

We know that our mem­bers not only love the out­doors, you respect it. That’s why we’re excit­ed to announce our part­ner­ship with The Leave No Trace Cen­ter for Out­door Ethics — an edu­ca­tion­al, non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cat­ed to the respon­si­ble enjoy­ment and active stew­ard­ship of the out­doors by all peo­ple, world­wide. Over the next week, we’ll share with you the core prin­ci­ples behind Leave No Trace born from the core prin­ci­ple that you should leave the places you enjoy as good or bet­ter than you found them.

Along with Leave No Trace, we’re proud to announce today’s brand event with KEEN — a com­pa­ny that stands for more than just qual­i­ty active footwear, but social respon­si­bil­i­ty as well. Mem­bers of The Clymb will receive up to 70% off footwear for men, women, and chil­dren AND low, low ship­ping of $7.98. The sale begins today at 9am PST and ends on Sun­day (7/18) at 9am PST.

If you need a mem­ber­ship you can fol­low us on Twit­ter or check out the info sec­tion of our Face­book page. Remem­ber that our Give $10, Get $10 refer­ral give­away ends on July 18th.

From a Leave No Trace out­door edu­ca­tion at Joshua Tree Nation­al Park, here’s a rap: