Leave No Trace

Plan Ahead and Prepare

As long as I'll live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing.
I'll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche.
I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.
      John Muir
plan ahead

plan ahead and prepare Before you even set foot on trail or paddle in water, you've already done the most important steps of minimizing your impact on the environment. By taking time to plan and prepare for your excursion, you've maximized the probability of an enjoyable, safe trek and minimized the damage you'll do. The folks that cause the most trouble tend to be those that blast out the door on a whim without thinking through all the things for which they need to be prepared.

If you decide to be a dumb dude and skip making a trip plan, either because you're too lazy, don't have time, or want to be spontaneous and free then the result is probably going to be a miserable trip, unreasonable damage to the land, and maybe even expensive rescue help. In the outdoors, you need to set goals, have a plan and resources to reach them, and be willing to change or abandon goals when necessary.

Trip Planning is Important because it:

Considerations on Trip Planning:

Tips on Trip Planning

Examples to Consider

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