01 February 2009

Hiker's Etiquette

Hiker should always be a nature lover. We should try our best not to damage the natural environment. Following guide lines provide 'must do' ones as well as 'good to do' activities for a hiker.

1. Never throw or leave behind plastic, polythene or any non-degradable items while hiking.
2. Always limit carrying non-reusable items while hiking unless absolutely necessary.
3. If you take such material (plastic bottles, polythene, food wrappers etc.) keep a small area in your backpack to bring them back 'home'.
4. Even though items like used paper are degradable, try not to throw them unnecessarily, as they destroy the beauty of the nature.
5. Use only the marked garbage bins (places like Horton Plains) to throw away your garbage.
6. After camping or staying at one place, clean the area and make it look better than what it was 'before you came there'.
7. If possible collect all the plastic or polythene items you find on your way. In a place like Horton you can always bring them back to Wild life office area and put them in the marked garbage bins.

Simply let your children enjoy the nature the same way you enjoyed!

To view more on hiking guidelines click here and here.


Amaris in Wonderland said...

excellent advice! i abide by these rules & have been called the "enforcer"/"protector" by fellow hikers that were not mindful of these rules, prior to our hike. ;)

Kirigalpoththa said...

Hi Amaris in Wonderland,
Great to hear that :) Sometimes you need an enforcer to get certain things done. It is extremely important to have an enforcer in a hiking team .. I know that by experience..

Sach said...

You sound like someone I should meet. I love hiking too, well a little less than beaches, but still...

Kirigalpoththa said...

Hi Sach,
Thanks for dropping by..yep we should meet..may be for a hiking escapade along a seashore :D

My email - kirigalpoththa@yahoo.com

Knuckles Mountain Range said...

We really appriciate the authers of this blog as trekking proffetionals in tourism in Sri Lanka!

Kirigalpoththa said...


Thanks for dropping by and for your comments!
I saw your website and very impressed!
Appreciate your efforts to popularize Sri Lanka as an adventure tourist venue..
Keep up the good work!!
I would like to meet you guys one day :)


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Kirigalpoththa said...

You are most welcome!

rainfield61 said...

leave nothing behind your foot prints.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Exactly. You can leave only your footprint.