Sjef Camping Adventures is the quintessential teacher and participant of “Leave No Trace.” We believe, from the bottom of our heart, that it is imperative to follow the 7 Leave No Trace Principles in “Frontcountry” and “Backcountry” areasin order to protect British Columbia complex and diverse ecosystems.
Before every adventure into the great doors, we will educate our guests on the 7 Leave No Trace Principles in order for our guests to be consciously aware of their; surroundings, actions and the recreational impact one person has on nature.
We also strongly believe that acting ethically outdoors helps build a stronger connection between humans and Mother Nature.
From your backyard to your backcountry, we can take care Mother Earth and live in harmony amongst her ecosystems, wild inhabitants and her children.
7 Leave No Trace Principles
Plan Ahead and Prepare
Adequate trip planning and preparation helps backcountry travelers accomplish trip goals safely and enjoyably, while simultaneously minimizing damage to the land.
- Fill out an emergency trip plan and leave your trip plan with a responsible person.
- Prepare for extreme weather, hazards and emergencies.
- Schedule your trip to avoid times of high park use.
- Meal plan according to group size and repackage food to minimize waste.
Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
The goal of backcountry travel is to move through the backcountry while minimizing damage to the land. Damage occurs when hikers trample surface vegetation or communities of organisms beyond recovery. The resulting barren area leads to the development of undesirable trails and erosion.
- Durable surfaces are established trail & campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses, snow.
- Camp at least 70m from lakes and streams.
In Popular Areas:
- Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.
- Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet and muddy.
- Keep campsites small – focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent.
In Pristine Areas:
- Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails.
- Avoid areas where impacts are already present.
Dispose of Waste Properly – Pack It In, Pack It Out!
Proper disposal of human waste is important to avoid pollution of water sources, avoid the negative implications of someone else finding the waste, minimizing the possibility of spreading diseases, and maximizing the rate of decomposition.
- Pack It In, Pack It Out! Inspect your campsite and rest areas to trash and spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter.
- Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 15 to 20 centimeters deep and at least 70m from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.
- Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.
- Wash yourself and your dishes 70m away from lakes or streams and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater in a pit toilet are on a durable surface.
Leave What You Find – Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Footprints
Allow other travelers a sense of discovery by leaving rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.
- Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
- Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
- Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.
- Do not build structures, furniture or dig trenches.
- Avoid damaging live trees and plants.
Minimize Campfire Impacts
The use of campfires, once a necessity for cook and warmth, is steeped in history and tradition. Campfire building is also an important skill for every camper. Due to popularity, the natural appearance of many areas has been degraded by the overuse of fires and an increasing demand for firewood. Lightweight efficient camp stoves has encouraged a shift away from the traditional fire.
- Should you build a fire? What is the fire danger for that time of year?
- Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans or mound fires.
- Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
- Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.
Most wildlife can adapt to consistent patterns of human activity. It is best to learn about wildlife through quiet observation.
- Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach wildlife.
- Never feed wildlife. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
- Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
- Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.
- Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or in winter.
Be Considerate of Others
Many people come to the outdoors to listen to nature and to escape the everyday.
Excessive noise, unleashed pets and damaged surroundings take away from everyone’s experience.
- If you must listen to music, use headphones so you do not disturb others.
- Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
- Take breaks and camp away from trail and other visitors.
- Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
- Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock (horses).
- Let nature’s sound prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.
In the past, negligence in recreational areas has seen complete park closures.
It is up to YOU to practice and share the knowledge of Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.