You are not in your home. This is a shared space, so be considerate when you are out on the trail. We hike and camp to escape from technology and the sounds we are used to hearing every day, so leave the speakers at home. Listen to your breathing, the wind through the trees, or engage in a genuine conversation with your group. Remember that hiking is not a competition or a race. You don’t have to be the first one up or down the mountain. If you’re slower and there are people behind you, let them pass. Everyone has their own pace. Embrace your pace and soak in every moment.
In short, the biggest impact we can all make is not making an impact at all. To put these seven principles into action, find your Adirondack trailhead and go explore!
The preceding was a selection from the Leave No Trace Seven Principles. © 1999 by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.LNT.org.