Plan ahead and prepare thoroughly.
you pick up your permit find out the rules and regulations for the area
or areas you plan to visit. Study the latest map and memorize your mileage,
route, and locations of water . Be prepared for the possibility of bad
weather, hidden hazards (like loose rock, flooding, or avalanche) and potential
medical emergencies that could occur. Remember to always leave a detailed
trip itinerary with a responsible person that you know before your departure.
careful where you hike & camp and be extra mindful of the more sensitive
areas. Just think "low impact" and your always good to go!
Hike on established
trails and use existing campsites whenever possible.
When you arrive at
your destination take a moment to locate the best site possible. Pick an
area that can withstand some impact and be particular about where you set
up the cooking , sleeping, Water source, and food storage areas. Most backpacking
areas require you to camp at least 100 feet from any water source. When
it is time to clean up after cooking do so at least 200 feet from all water
sources, trails, and campsites. Bury waste 6'' down or more and cover it
up nice so you can't even tell anything ever happened there.
correct methods with the disposal of trash, fish guts, waste water, cooking
clean up, and human waste.
wash anything including yourself in lakes, streams, or springs.
Pack out all of your
trash, toilet paper and hygiene products and make sure not to leave any
little scraps behind. A walk through before you head out of camp is always
a good idea. Use a couple heavy duty sealable plastic bags for the bad
stuff. Air freshener is nice to help ease the pain and suffering of whom
ever is stuck with the trash bag. When your ready to take care of business
grab your camp shovel or hand trowel and make yourself a 8" inch toilet
hole in an appropriate place Dig your hole at least 200 feet from all water
sources, trails and campsites.
considerate of other hikers and campers. Peaceful and quiet is nice when
enjoying time away from the hustle and bustle.
When having a campfire
think Indian fire and save some wood for next time. Never feed, throw sharp
rocks, or attempt to inflict harm to the wildlife unless left with no other
option. When in bear country always use bear proof containers. Resist
the temptation to bring home natural souvenirs or ancient artifacts that
you might run across while on your journey. Most importantly have
the time of your life. Unwind, relax, and enjoy all that is beautiful.