There’s one snack that has been forever etched on the American psyche when camping comes to mind. The S’more, a delectable treat combining the richness of chocolate, the fluffy whiteness of a marshmallow and the course graininess of graham crackers. REI’s infographic shows us that good S’more construction is more than haphazard.
We’ve all heard the phrase, “pack in, pack out.” The idea is whatever you bring into nature you should bring back out with you so as to not negatively impact the ecosystem.
By Brian Walker, CNN.
But what is the real impact of leaving trash laying about? There are immediate effects possible like possibly killing wildlife. But there’s an even more sinister effect possible. As man-made materials are left laying around they can leach chemicals into their surroundings as they degrade. But many of these items take many years to break down. They’re like a slow time released chemical weapon to the natural world.
How much time you ask? Well a Nylon jacket could take 40-50 years to breakdown. That baby’s diaper will take 450 years. So do your great, great, grandchild a favor and pack out that trash.
I’m a big fan of the Art of Manliness blog and over the years they’ve posted a few camping related articles. I also like history and old books so their post titled, “How to Get Ready for a Camping Trip Like an Old School Boy Scout” with excerpts from a boy’s handy book circa 1920 caught my eye. I think you’ll find it interesting as well.