When traveling through natural environments, we strongly reccomend adherance to the Leave No Trace principles, developed by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, which present a framework for enjoying outdoor activities with minimal damage to the environment and respect to local residents. Below are the seven principles of Leave No Trace with additional commentary specifically for the Abraham Path.
Plan ahead and Prepare: Think through your schedule and bring the supplies you need (e.g. adequate trash bags). Split large groups into smaller groups to minimize impact. When camping, schedule your journey with plenty of time to arrive during daylight hours, allowing time to find an adequate campsite.
Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces: Walk on existing paths and roads to minimize erosion. Camp in established camping areas or on durable surfaces (rock, gravel, dry grasses) at least 75m (200ft) away from water sources.
Dispose of Waste Properly: Pack out everything you pack in, including organic waste (apple cores, egg shells, etc.) Bury solid human waste in cat holes 15-20cm (6-8 inches) deep. Pack out toilet paper. Only use soap (even biodegradable) for washing if you are at least 75m (200ft) from a water source.
Leave What you Find: The Abraham Path cultural route includes many historical sites, which are not adequately maintained or protected. Do not touch historical structures or take historic artifacts and avoid walking on them. Leave rocks and other natural features where they are. Don’t build any structures.
Minimize Campfire Impact: The cultural route includes many dry areas, and campfires are highly discouraged and sometimes illegal in these areas as they contribute to wildfires. Fires also damage the local environment by depriving it of precious wood, and scarring the ground. Cook on a camping stove and use a lantern for light. In areas where fires are permitted, use fire rings and keep fires small and manageable. Never leave a fire unattended and make sure the ashes are cool to the touch before leaving a campfire site.
Respect Wildlife: Do not approach or feed wildlife. Keep your food and items securely packed and stored so that animals do not eat foods or items that may be unhealthy for them.
Be Considerate of Other Visitors (and the local population): Remember to keep your voice down to let the sounds of nature prevail. Traveling within the Abraham Path cultural route is an incredible opportunity to interact with the residents of the many villages, and towns along the way. Greet local people in their own language and treat them as your generous hosts.