Mister LNT: An advocacy for responsible mountaineering through the Leave No Trace principles
An advocacy for responsible mountaineering
in the Philippines through the Leave No Trace* principles

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Leave No Trace Principle #1


  • Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you will visit.
  • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.
  • Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use.
  • Visit in small groups when possible. Consider splitting larger groups into smaller groups.
  • Repackage food to minimize waste.
  • Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.


Additional details by Mister LNT (For Philippine context)


  • Make sure all climbers are mentally and physically prepared
  • Assign a team leader, assistant team leader, scribe, medic, sweeper. The team leader spearheads the research and gathering of relevant information.
  • Prepare a itinerary complete with a contact person and a list of all climbers with their contacts in case of emergency. All, including the contact person, must have a copy of the itinerary.
  • Do the pre-climb at the latest 2 days before the climb to provide everyone time to prepare and buy all needed items, including assigned ones.
  • Secure a guide if unfamiliar with or first time in the area
  • Let people at home know where you are going.
  • Make it a habit to register with the barangay for monitoring
  • No to mass climbing/freedom climbs Go for Ideal Max: 14. What's this?