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Biodegradable Hiking Essentials

"Leave No Trace" is an important principle in the wilderness.

We all want to stay clean, green, and avoid disturbing the environment. And there's definitely a whole lot of fancy high-tech products to bring with you on the trails. Biodegradable this and soil-friendly that. How about we avoid all that packaging? Let's talk about things you can pack in that you don't need to pack out.

An Abbreviated List of Biodegradable Essentials:

Sweat: Specialized soap is expensive. And you're already bathing in sweat after hours of hiking, so why not bathe in some more? Sweat is biodegradable and rolls right down your back. Phew!

Downed Foliage: Fallen leaves can be anything you want them to be..hats, fans. Just don't transport them from one forest or biome to the next. Palm fronds do not belong in the desert.

Body Heat: Who needs a fire? They take a lot of work, care and attention to maintain in the backwoods. That's why you brought your hiking buddy: put those bodies together, tell some old camping stories and you'll be warm in no time.

Aging Logs: Mean perfect balance beams and resting spots! No need to pack that camp chair made of natural fibers. And who knows if you'll need a canoe on the trip?

A Really Good Time: Enjoying yourself is definitely recyclable. And much easier than dragging Mousetrap on the trail and keeping track of all the pieces. So get going on making your own fun. That's why we came out here, right?

OK so this is just the Reader's Digest version. Before your next wilderness trip you should read up at Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. They've got the full scoop.

Pack it in/out,

-KK

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