I know that most of us use hammocks because they are comfortable, but also because of the ability to leave no trace. On a recent hike I was flabergasted everywhere I hiked the trail was filled with trash. About one mile in someone decided to make a fire right on the trail and cover up the ashes with rocks. Where did they get the wood to burn, not the thousands of fallen limbs nearby, but they just decided to hack a sapling 3 feet off the ground. On the same hike I spotted 3 camps 2feet from the trail, again trees cut, firepits etc. One camp was 1/2 mile from an actual legal camp. I carried out 2 gallon ziplock bags of trash (not mine but what I picked up), plus my pockects were full. My personal favorite was the hacked up Dinty Moore Beef Stew can. It was hacked up because the genius that brought this weight saver forgot his can opener.
Do you guys have this big of a problem where yall hike? There are signs everywhere talking about leave no trace. I thought we could discuss it here to let people know the importance of keeping our hiking areas (the world) clean. I go into the woods to see the woods, not to see trash, and places where others have left their mark. Some people wonder why I purify my water even from natural mountain spring water, well with all the trash and etc. You can't trust people to properly take care of their body waste either.
Please leave the woods better than when you went in. If there are no camps set up, go at least 200 yards off the trail to camp. If you do not have to have a fire, don't, and you do not need rocks around your fire either, just clear the area (blackened rocks are not natural). Bury your poo, and poo at least 200 yards away from water.
If any of the rest of you have some neat tips ( I know you do) please share.