14 Jan 6 Eco-Friendly Considerations: Mountain Biking and Kayaking
By Staffer Lena Wilson
Eco-Friendly themes have become trendy … but we should remember it is important none the less. While we are immersed in our gear-driven activities it can be easy to forget that that the source of all our fun and nifty swag is still NATURE. It’s good to pause and reflect on how we could possibly be better stewards. As humans we have the ability to stand back and think about how we can change things for better, for worse; for more or less fun. Ultimately, our continued fun and excitement depends on the natural conditions and in lieu of our Sustainable/Responsible Tourism practices, here are a few things to keep in mind…
Sea Kayaking & Mountain Biking Eco-Friendly Choices
Sunscreen Choice: Choosing eco-friendly, ‘reef safe’ sunscreen is better for nature… and better for your body.
Awareness of Waterfowl Nesting and Wildlife: Paddlers are able to reach remote locations. Knowing more about the local wildlife and their needs or patterns can help them be more successful.
Choice and Care of Gear: One of the best ways to be an eco-conscious adventurer is to take care of your gear and choose gear based on longevity. The more durable and long-lasting a product could mean less gear in the landfill overall. Even just pondering the source of our gear may help us choose our next ride: ‘Where did my bike come from?’ ‘What are the business practices of the manufacturer?’ (Checkout this webpage on Neoprene.)
Maintenance Choices : Gotta make an emphasis here: Choosing to keep old gear going is such a good thing! An additional note on Gear Care: How can we more mindfully conduct maintenance? There are more eco-friendly bike lubricants, cleaners, and disposable items. Are the tools we use also going to last?
Sticking to the trail as much as possible: Cutting corners, making new trail, riding around puddles or obstacles can all expand trail or create more erosion. It’s tempting to roam, but to create the least amount of environmental impact in this silent sport – sticking to the trail is important. This might mean not riding when the trail is encumbered with rain.
Litter Mindfulness: Accidents happen… if you see it, pick up and pack it out with you. Maybe even consider how to get all your snacks and goodies without all the extra packaging (that’s really going the extra mile).