Five Tips for Sharing Your Favorite Trails on Social Media
Before you upload your favorite photo from your trip, take a look at these tips.
We all love sharing the amazing trails and destinations we hike to. Whether it's an alpine peak or a glacier-fed lake, Washington is photogenic. Before you snap and share your next hiking shot, consider these tips for creating a positive trail culture and becoming a steward for the wild places we share.
Show off your Leave No Trace camp
Be aware of wildlife and keep your distance
Those mountain goats and marmots are mad cute, but remember to give them plenty of space. No matter how cute a face they have or how much they beg, a sweet shot on your phone isn't a reason to feed or approach wildlife too closely. Use a zoom lens to capture wildlife from a safe distance. This not only keeps you safe, but doesn’t disrupt the animals in their natural habitat.
Lead by example
Being a steward of the outdoors means that it falls on you to show how to treat the outdoors with respect. Lead by example and show proper Leave No Trace practices and safe activities.
That doesn’t mean your photos need to be boring. Make them awesome and exciting, but don’t forget to set an example for others to follow. You never know who might find your photos and emulate your actions (good or bad).
If you visit a fragile backcountry environment, consider the implications of leaving an exact geo-targeted location on your social media posts, as that may encourage a larger number of people to visit an area not intended for heavy use.
If you're on a popular trail, consider showcasing how to treat and navigate well-traveled trails so other hikers can understand the implications of hiking in some of the more popular areas in Washington. For example, point out how cutting switchbacks can damage plant life, etc.
See an awesome photo in your circles on Instagram, Tumblr, or on a trip report where someone is promoting proper outdoor etiquette? Give them kudos! Nothing will promote the protection of our amazing trails and wild spaces on social media more than positive reinforcement of good practices.
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