The great outdoors is our office and our playground, it is where we at Mountains By Nature work and where we have fun. Most importantly, it is where we entertain our clients. That is why we keep it clean. We are environmentally-friendly in as many small ways as possible, eg in our indoor office we prefer emailing instead of letter-writing, recycling everything we are able to recycle, and to make up for anything we cannot recycle (because the recycleman won’t accept it) we support carbon offset programs in Equador. On our trips we do not leave anything behind where we camp – all trash is carried out and dealt with at the end of the trip. We leave places like we found them, (sometimes even nicer than when we found them!) Let’s face it, hiking is an environmentally sound way to travel. You are the energy needed to get you up and down mountains!
To support the local communities, we buy our produce from them along the way, sleep and eat in locally-run establishments where possible, and interact sensibly with locals as we believe in positive cultural exchanges so as not to change their lives – this means trade not aid.
Continued conservation is important to us as well, particularly localised projects such as local schools and opportunities in the areas we are visiting. We have many plans as the business develops to leave a far more philanthropic legacy for future generations.