Backpacking Skills >> Leave No Trace
These ethics are the core guidelines for low impact methods of hiking and camping. After the basics you can check the other sections on this page for more detailed articles.
Most negative human impacts occur at campsites which is why extra care is needed to preserve their natural state.
We can take the lightest of steps by traveling on durable surfaces and staying on the trail but there are also other ways to minimize your impacts while hiking.