Episode 006: Hiking ethics, Leave No Trace Principles and Trail etiquette – Hike or Die Outdoor Adventure Podcast

Hiking ethics, Leave No Trace Principles & Trail etiquette.

In this episode we delve into the controversial, often misunderstood and tricky world of human impact on the great outdoors. We take you into the wilderness and while watching the sun set and moon rise we discuss the 7 principles of Leave No Trace, how they apply to what we do and some examples of our own mistakes in the past. We also discuss our personal opinions on hiking ethics and what we consider to be good trail etiquette and understandably, things get a bit heated around a few of those topics. This is a really important episode that we’d like you all to listen to and consider before you next venture into the wilderness.

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Here’s the new Platoon 70L Auscam Rucksack that I was testing on this hike.


Here’s just one of Kate’s many fantastic images on her Instagram account. Make sure you check out the rest of her account.

I’m sure some of you have already read about the threat to the beautiful Mackenzie Country in New Zealand. Industrial dairy farming is invading the area, which is also the gateway to the incredible Mount Cook, one of my favourite places in all of New Zealand. Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki and the stunning braided lakes that feed them are favourites for anyone visiting the area. My buddy @geoffreidnz and a bunch of fantastic folks from @greenpeacenz are doing everything they can to stop this. The beautiful lakes and rivers of New Zealand are more important to protect than allowing industrial scale dairy conversions. I’ll post a link to the petition in my stories. Please ehelp to spread the word! #SaveTheMackenzie #StopDairyExpansion | Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, Mackenzie District, New Zealand 🇳🇿 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #ig_newzealand #newzealand #newzealandguide #kiwi_photos #nzmustdo #purenewzealand #bestnewzealand #destinationnz #newzealandfinds #meanwhileinNZ #newzealandvacations #therealmiddleearth #seetheworld #theglobewanderer #welltravelled #ourplanetdaily #earthofficial #lonelyplanet #discoverglobe #earthfocus #majestic_earth #awesomeearth #discoverearth #travelawesome #livefolk #theglobewanderer #shotoncanon #themountainiscalling

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Thanks also to Candace. Check out more of her outdoors images like the below.


This is the astrophotography shot that Tom took on his recent trip through outback Australia.

This is the other photo that we discussed of the Aboriginal artwork at Baloon Cave, Carnarvon National Park.

I chose to post this image as the first from my 2 weeks in the outback because of the impact it had on me. These were the first aboriginal cave paintings I had ever witnessed first-hand and they were truly spectacular. They were created by the Aboriginal people by spraying an ochre (iron rich dirt) liquid from their mouths against their hands or other objects. In this photo you can clearly see a stone axe that has been stencilled along with many different hands. Artwork in the area has been dated to around 3,650 years old so it was incredibly humbling to stand before these paintings and I love this image for the history it brings from the original custodians of the land. #aboriginal #aboriginalart #australia #tradition #cavepaintings #caveart #carnarvon #carnarvongorge #hikeordie #history #sacred #hiking #outdoors #discoverqueensland #qldparks

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All of the amazing hikes and sites to see in the Carnarvon National Park can be found via the link below:
Carnarvon National Park Journeys
We strongly encourage you to check out the Leave No Trace websites listed below and familiarise yourself with their 7 Principles. These are what we used as a reference during this podcast episode.
Leave No Trace (U.S. website) lnt.org
Leave No Trace (Australian website) lnt.org.au
Leave No Trace 7 Principles, detailed explanation (U.S. website)