Code of Conduct in the Mountains

Traverse Line and its representatives are committed to conducting hikes and treks, and visits to all wilderness areas (including wildlife reserves) in the most environmentally friendly manner possible. Here are a few simple guidelines we adhere to ourselves, and would encourage all those travelling to the natural environment to follow:

1) "Pack it in - pack it out". All litter must be carried out and disposed of properly back in “civilisation”. This includes items such as apple cores, banana peels, cigarette butts etc.

2) "Leave nothing behind except your footprints". Preferably follow an established trail, so keep in single file when on the move and try and keep to paths to limit the damage.

3) "Take nothing but photographs and memories". Do not remove or damage any flowers or plants, animals, rock art, artifacts, rocks and minerals or anything that you did not bring in with you.

4) "Be clean, and keep it clean". When going to the toilet your faeces should be disposed of by burying under at least 10cm of soil as far from any watercourses, paths, caves, forests and potential campsites as possible (min 100m) and on a gentle slope. No soaps or detergents should be allowed to enter watercourses directly and any washing of camp utensils and bodies (including brushing teeth), should be done out of containers away from any watercourse. Use soaps and toothpaste sparingly, and use biodegradable products.

5) Do not light fires.  All cooking must be done on camping stoves with liquid fuel. Be especially careful during the dry season that you do not start any wildfires.  However, please burn toilet paper in the hole you have dug, unless this practice is prohibited owing to a fire hazard, in which case bury it.

6) "Keep the peaceful wilderness a peaceful wilderness". Try to keep your noise down and respect the rights of others. Do not throw or roll rocks down mountains - it is dangerous! Please avoid the use of radios and music players in the wild, unless you are using headphones discretely (eg. an iPod).  A great many people visit the natural environment to escape these man-made intrusions and listen to nature, so please respect the rights of others to experience the wild naturally. 

7) Be economical in using water for washing in places where water is in short supply