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Smart low impact camping.
    Always Plan ahead and prepare thoroughly.
    this is not low-impact campingWhen 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.

    Be 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.

    Use correct methods with the disposal of trash, fish guts, waste water, cooking clean up, and human waste.
    a heavily impacted campsiteNever 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.

    Be 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. 
     

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