As hikers we know that, when we enter nature, we become guests. That is why everyone who practices sustainable hiking must be governed by an ethical code in which respect for the environment and sports sustainability prevail.
Our activity, when practicing sustainable hiking, must not damage the ecosystem of our route, thus entering into what is known as “positive climate“, which are actions that we can do now, at this time, to leave a positive impact on the environment. future. If we all do our part, the environment will prevail.
Principles of the hiker’s code of ethics
To enjoy your outings generating the least possible impact on nature, follow the next steps, integrated into the ethical code.
Plan your route
Without any doubt, this is a very important point to practice sustainable and safe hiking at the same time.
Before starting your activity, review the plan well. Plan the distance, difficulty of the journey and weather conditions that can vary your route in various ways. To do this, at TwoNav, we have the Land software, excellent for planning, editing and analyzing your output.
If you bring food, try to make it as polluting as possible and forget about unnecessary wrapping and plastic. We also recommend that you bring a reusable ecological water bottle.
The path is made by walking
Respect the sidewalks and stay on the marked paths. Of course you have to enjoy getting lost, but always respecting the free access trails. The objective is to avoid increasing the areas degraded by our use.
If you arrive at a place without signs, do not leave marks on trees, do not break branches or build mounds with sticks or stones.
At TwoNav we have been making our users aware of the importance of Ploggin, such as in this blog article. This action consists of collecting the garbage or waste that you see along your route.
Stay with the experience, not with what you find
The experience of the adventure, and the photographs you can take along the way, should be the only thing you take back home. Remember that other travelers who arrive later will also want to enjoy the same views as you. That is why it is essential not to uproot plants or flowers, respect the ecosystem and leave everything as you found it (except if there is garbage, then it is time to put plogging into practice).
It cannot be said that fire is dangerous. Remember to cook or make a fire in areas enabled for it. Do not leave lit fires on your route or throw cigarette butts on the ground. This could cause a fire.
Behavior with other hikers
Some unwritten rules that also belong to the hiker’s code of ethics are to treat all people with respect; give way to those who have less mobility; let bicyclists pass when going uphill; give way to horseback riders you may meet along the way; travel on the right side of the trail or report any incident you have seen along the way to the hikers you come across. Of course avoid yelling and disturbing the peace and quiet of the area you are in.
Plan your routes with TwoNav Land
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