Ethics are the attitudes and behaviors you choose because they are the right things to do, even when no one is watching. Leave No Trace skills are the application of an outdoor ethic that values the integrity of existing wilderness life processes. Developing your personal outdoor ethic is a dynamic process; you may change certain attitudes and practice different actions after talking with people or observing the good and bad practices of other campers.
Virtually everything we learn about has a knowledge, skill and disposition (or attitudinal) component. Ethics is a reflection of the disposition component. Leave No Trace camping is a good example. We must have the knowledge of leave no trace camping and we must have the skills to be good Leave No Trace campers. If however we aren't willing to put the skills into practice at the end of a long day when we're tired or in the pouring rain when all we want to do is get a hot drink then we don't have the "disposition" and we don't have a Leave No Trace ethic.
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Adapted from The Camper’s Guide to Outdoor Pursuits by Jack Drury and Eric Holmlund published in 2006 by Sagamore Publishing