The WHAT and WHY:
August is a great time to get in that last week or weekend to take the family camping in the wilderness before the school year begins. An avid camper can carefully purchase zero-impact gear, camp locally or regionally and leave the electronic gadgets at home to reduce his or her footprint.
Packing the car with tons of gear, food, and amenities was what campers did decades ago. Getting away from all the amenities of the modern world and reconnecting with nature is really the objective. Trying bicycling to your destination; if that is not possible, perhaps you can carpool with friends or neighbors.
Let’s honor Mother Nature and the environment, its creatures, flora and fauna; try solar water bags (for your evening shower) and solar powered or hand cranked gear is a solution for minimal environmental impact.
This week’s practice is to plan and enjoy a sustainable camping experience.
We suggest you adopt the “Leave No Trace” Seven Principles *, (click on Seven Principles to learn more):
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
The Deep Dive:
Hand Crank SteriPen water purifier, one liter in 90 seconds
Other non-battery powered camping products that use solar or human powered crank systems here.
Leave No Trace, Center for Outdoor Ethics website
Sustainable camping in Sardinia, (one of the Founder’s favorites)
*The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. This copyrighted information has been reprinted with permission from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.LNT.org