Leave No Trace is an international organization dedicated to outdoor and wilderness ethics. The program strives to educate all those who enjoy and use the outdoors about the nature of their recreational “footprint” as well as teaching techniques to prevent and minimize human impact.
Trailguide Pictures adheres to the Leave No Trace principles as much as possible while producing all of our film projects. We believe that it’s our obligation to protect the landscapes that we enjoy and that working in those environments we should be stewards of conservation.
The Trailguide Pictures Leave No Trace Policy
In producing landscape and adventure films Trailguide Pictures will ensure that we follow the following principles:
Plan Ahead and Prepare
We will know the regulations and special concerns for the area we visit; Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies; Schedule our trip to avoid times of high use; Use a small film crew of no more than 4-6 people; Repackage food to minimize waste; and Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.
Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
When possible we will concentrate use on existing trails and campsites to protect riparian areas; We will walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy; Keep our campsites small.
Dispose of Waste Properly
We will Pack out what we Pack in; Inspect our campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods.
Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 15 to 20 centimetres deep at least 70 meters from water, camp, and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.
Leave What You Find
We will preserve the past by examining, but not touching cultural or historic structures and artifacts; Leave the rocks, plants and other natural objects as we find them; Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species; Not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.
Minimize Campfire Impacts
Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. We will use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light; Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires; Keep fires small, only using sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand; Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter the cool ashes.
We will observe and film wildlife from a distance; Never follow approach them or feed animals;
Protect wildlife and our food by storing rations and trash securely; Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.
Be Considerate of Others
We will respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience; Be courteous and yield to other users on the trail; Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock; Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors; Let nature’s sounds prevail, avoiding loud voices and noises.