Posts tagged fire safety
How to Be Eco-Conscious on the Trail: a Hiker’s Guide to Sustainability

No matter how small we might think we are, everything we do have an impact on the environment. Some people are more some less aware of the dare state our Planet is in. As I live in a heavily polluted area, with smog rates up to 11x the norms, where anti-smog mask is a must-have not just for running errands but for sleeping - I try to do whatever I can to lower my negative impact.

The very nature of hiking makes it a very ecological-friendly activity already. You use your own legs to propel yourself, no gas or harmful emissions. Hiking teaches us to live on less, make do with whatever we packed, appreciate water and natural resources. Yet, there is still more we can do to make our hiking trips as Nature-friendly as possible!

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What's In My Backpacking Kitchen (and why)?

Choosing the right items for your hiking and camping kitchen is a process. You learn what works fine for you and what is not a good match. If you are lucky, you don’t accumulate too much stuff that just gathers dust somewhere at the bottom of your gear closet. It’s well worth to read advice and see what works for others – to make it easier for yourself.

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Fireless Backpacking - For the Love of our Planet (and Ourselves)!

Some of my warmest memories from childhood come from spending summers at scout camps – around a huge campfire, singing songs, and waiting for potatoes to be ready. And yet, I believe there is no need for hikers to build fires when they are backpacking through the wilderness unless it’s on well-established campsites with fire rings prepared for visitors. And even that - only once in a while. Why on Earth would I write that?

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Leave No Trace. Or: How Not to Be an A-hole in Nature

Why should we learn the Leave No Trace principles?

Why should you care?

We are taught contradictory messages about ourselves.

On one hand, we are told we are unique, wonderful and can move mountains if we only wanted. We can reach the stars, change the course of history and achieve magnificent things.

On the other hand, we are reminded how insignificant we are – just a tiny pebble on a gigantic beach of humankind. We are lost in the crowds, another face, and another body in the sea of people. Nothing we do truly matter on a big scale; we play in our own tiny sandboxes.

Which one is the correct view?

Well, both.

It’s a pity we often apply the wrong attitude at the wrong moments.

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