As many hunters and fall hikers venture into the wilderness it is always important to remind ourselves of outdoor etiquette. To protect and conserve our resources so that the future generations can gain what we often live for.
Plan Ahead & Prepare
Prepare for all types of weather and descend by noon to avoid lightening. Always know your route.
Travel & Camp on durable surfaces
If there is no trail, travel on durable surfaces such as rock or snow. Camp below tree line; in existing campsites to avoid damaging alpine plants.
Dispose of Waste Properly
Pack it in, pack it out! Human waste and food will not decompose above tree line. Avoid urinating on plants; salt attracts animals to chew on them.
Leave What You Find
Leave plants, rocks, and historical items, such as mining relics, for others to enjoy.
Minimize Campfire Impacts
Avoid campfires near or above tree line; dead wood is crucial to those ecosystems. Use a camp stove to prepare meals.
Be quiet and keep your distance. Never feed animals. If you have a four legged companion, keep them on a leash.
Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Travel in small groups and talk quietly. Avoid brightly-colored clothing outside hunting season.
Please consider practicing these seven simple steps to help maintain the outdoors for pure enjoyment. To learn more visit Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.