“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time” – John Muir
When it comes to sustainable modes of transportation to use when travelling, nothing quite beats good old fashioned boots on the ground hiking.
Whether it’s a casual stroll on mostly even ground, or climbing up (and back down) a mountain, that moment when your feet leave the asphalt and hit the dirt marks the beginning of some of life’s most rewarding journeys…
The quote below the picture at the top of the blog by John Muir (aptly called the ‘Father of National Parks‘) truly embodies what it means to hike responsibly. Following some simple guidelines can help minimize your impact on the landscape in which you choose to hike:
- Follow marked trails and stay on the path – this goes without saying, ensuring you don’t trample sensitive vegetation, and also reduces the overall impact of what can be large numbers of visitors to a trail.
- Carry reusable water bottles and food containers – even though you are being responsible and carrying out your garbage, why not opt for containers which you can reuse time and time again?
- Make a Donation – the next time you pass by one of those trail donation boxes, throw in some of your loose change and help maintain those trails you love so much.
- Bring a friend (and share with them Steps 1 through 3!).
As you can see, hiking is something I have greatly enjoyed for much of my adult life. That said, I appreciate all kinds of hiking from gentle and short jaunts to gruelling multi-day adventures. Some of the best hiking I have experienced has to be in my home province of British Columbia but also during my year abroad in New Zealand.
Below are just a few of the highlights from my hiking adventures!
And some from closer to home in Beautiful British Columbia:
“The best view comes after the hardest climb”
Boy have I ever found this to be true!
So whether you are exploring trails closer to home or travelling to some of the best trails in the world, remember to be mindful of the environment and act like nature’s guest – don’t overstay your welcome and clean up after yourself and she will be more than happy to welcome you time and time again.