Guys Go Camping: Storing Gear at Home

Storing Gear at Home

Guys Go Camping: Storing Gear at Home

Photo by Anne LaBastill 1978

Nothing ruins an enjoyable camping trip faster than broken, dirty, or mildewed camping gear. If your camping gear is not ready to use and easy to find for each camping trip, then you are less likely to camp as often. Proper storage of camping equipment not only extends the life of your equipment, but it also makes it 100 times easier to gather the gear for next time.

If you store your gear properly after every camping trip, you will never regret it.

Clean Your Gear Before Storing

Before storing your camping equipment, all items should be clean and in like-new condition. This will prevent the spread of mold and bad smells, and will keep animals and bugs from getting into your gear.

Set up your tent in the backyard after you return home. Wash away any dirt with a hose and scrub brush. Spread the tent out to dry after cleaning. When the tent dries, use a vacuum to suck up any remaining dirt or sand.

Wash pots and pans in de-greasing soap. Make sure they have no stuck-on grease or food particles. Allow the cooking gear to dry completely before storing.

Any other wet gear that you have, such as shoes, sleeping bags, pillows, etc; place them on a drying rack to dry before storage. Remove any dirt from the gear before packing away.

Storing Your Camping Gear

Set up a dedicated storage area for camping gear. An indoor area is best, but a clean, dry garage or storage unit can also work. Try to choose a storage location that has a steady temperature and does not freeze or get above 80 degrees.

Use these ideas for storing your own camping equipment:

Electronics: Remove all batteries before storage to prevent corrosion. Place the batteries in a plastic baggie and store them nearby the equipment. Place all electronics into one airtight container, such as a large plastic tub.

Sleeping bags and blankets: Fold blankets and place on a shelf or in an airtight container. Do not store sleeping backs in the roll-up packs; this can damage the insulation inside. Use a pants hanger to store sleeping bags by hanging. This also prevents mildew and musty smells.

Cooking gear: Store cooking gear in a large plastic tub. Store larger cooking items, such as grills and washing basins on a shelf or the floor. Empty all fluids and dry the containers before storing.

Miscellaneous gear: Store all other gear, such as climbing equipment, special shoes and clothing, fishing gear, and any other equipment you have by storing with like equipment. For example, keep all first aid supplies stored in the same place, or all hiking gear in a single container.

Preparing for Next Time

As you store the gear, make note of any lacking supplies, such as matches, stove fuel, rope, and first aid supplies. Replace these items so you are ready to go for the next trip. Do the same with any broken gear. You can also make a list of supplies you wish you had and gather them for the next trip.

How do you store your camping gear? 

Guys Go Camping: Tips for Camping on a Slope

Tips for Camping on a Slope

While it is easiest to camp on flat ground, sometimes camping on sloped ground is inevitable. Sloped ground, embankments, hills, and mountainous terrain are not the friendliest areas for camping, but with a few tips and tricks, you can make the most of the angled ground and still enjoy yourself.

Guys Go Camping: Tips for Camping on a Slope

Photo by JJ Harrison 2010

Follow these tips to stay safe and comfortable on any sloped ground:

Choosing the Right Location

If you have a choice, set up your campground on the south side of the hill in colder months and the north side in warmer months. The south side of a hill has less wind chill, and the north side is cooler.

Pitch your campsite as close to the top of the hill as you can get, unless it is extremely windy. Pitch the campsite close to the bottom of the hill if the area is dry and windy.

Make sure your slope is not in the direct path of water flow or a creek. This can be a disaster when it rains because your tent will get flooded or completely washed down the hill.

Pitching the Tent

Position your tent so that the opening sits perpendicular to the slope of the hill. That way, if you do slip down inside the tent at night, you will run into the wall, rather than fall out the door.

Dig a small trench around your tent to catch any water that rolls down the hill and you will stay much drier if it rains. [Editors Note, best not to disturb the land if possible. But let safety dictate your actions.]

Position your head at the top of the slope and your feet at the bottom. Propping pillows and other elevating cushions under your feet can help prevent rolling and slipping. Place your sleeping bed as far up the slope as possible inside the tent because you will slide down some during the night.

Dealing with the Slope

Look for flat areas surrounding your sloped campsite. If possible, set up your camping equipment on a flat area. The top of the hill or the valley below the hill are better locations for fires and furniture.

If moving your equipment is not an option, bring equipment with adjustable legs. Many camping tables, chairs, stoves, and other accessories come with adjustable legs.

Use pieces of cardboard, bark, pieces of wood, sticks, or whatever else you can find to prop up your equipment.

Just because you are camped on a slope does not mean you will have a miserable camping experience. Use these tips to help make your sloped camping experience comfortable and fun.

How do you deal with hills or slopes while camping? 

Breaking in Hiking Shoes

Hiking is an enjoyable and healthy activity. However, with ill-fitting footwear, this beneficial activity soon turns into a nightmare.

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by Brazzy 2005

Before traveling on any hiking trail, make sure your footwear is properly broken-in.

There are three basic types of hiking shoes: long distance hiking shoes, boots for backpacking, and boots for day trips. The breaking-in steps for each type of shoe is slightly different. For all hiking boots, however, the shoes should feel comfortable in the store. If any part of the shoe irritates you in the store, choose a different shoe model. No amount of breaking in will transform a poor fit into a good fit.

General Break-in Instructions:

Wear the shoes around the house with the socks you plan to wear on the trail. Watch for any signs of discomfort. Always lace the boots up firmly and keep the tongue aligned in the front of the shoe.

Take your boots out around town after wearing them in the house for 3-4 days. Gradually increase how long you wear the boots and

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by Han-bich 2009

how far you travel in them. If you notice any pain at any stage, take a break for a while.

Add in a little extra weight (to mimic the weight of a hiking backpack) after wearing the boots out. Gradually increase the weight of the pack and the distance you travel. Your boots should fit comfortably at every stage. If not, take the boot to the store where you purchased them and ask them to stretch the boot to remove any remaining hotspots. Once your boots feel comfortable traveling several miles around town, you are ready to take them onto the trail.

Breaking in Lightweight Hiking Boots

In the store, look for shoes that have a flexible sole with an aggressive tread and as much cushioning as you can get while still

maintaining a lightweight shoe. The theory goes that one pound of weight on the foot equals five on the back, so lightweight shoes are essential for long hikes. Try to find hiking boots under two pounds, if possible. If any part of the shoe pinches or feels uncomfortable, choose a new style.

Breaking in Moderate and Heavy Weight Boots

Moderate and heavy hiking boots are perfect for hiking in tough terrain. However, they take longer to break in than lightweight hiking shoes. Expect to wear your hiking boots for several weeks around the house and town before they are ready to take out on the trail. You will know the shoes are ready when they flex easily and are slightly larger around your feet.

Proper preparation is the best way to break in any hiking boot. Do not try any quick breaking-in tactics, as these could ruin your hiking boots. Be patient, and remember that the more time you spend breaking in your shoes at home, the more comfortable you will feel out on the trail.

How do you break in your hiking boots?

Best Android Apps for Campers

5 Best Android Apps for Camping

Best Android Apps for CampersCamping under the stars may seem a bit primitive, and while we try to leave behind more of the electronics and luxuries at home when we’re roughing it, smartphones can actually bring a lot of fun to a camping trip and with the right apps, could help save a life. We all know about the compass apps and flashlight apps. They’re pretty cool. But what about a directory of first aid help or a map of the stars? These camping apps for Android have been rated some of the best available.

Location, location and safety – The Best Camping Apps for Android

Camp Finder – Campgrounds by CampingRoadTrip.com
Touted as the #1 app for campers and RV’ers this app will help you locate campgrounds and RV resorts across the USA. With great search capabilities and info on each campground, park and resort this app will make choosing a campsite fun and easy

My Tracks by Google Inc.
Knowing where you’ve been sure makes it easier to find your way home! But no one needs to know that’s why you’re using this app. My Tracks is a great way to show off where you’ve gone and how far you’ve hiked. This app using location based services to track your moves on the go, creating a map of your hike.

First aid by British Red Cross
Created by the British Red Cross, this app covers basic first aid. All the information is stored in the app itself meaning you don’t need cell service or an internet connection to access it. And, it’s free!

Android Apps and Games for Family Camping Trips

Sky Map – Sky Map Devs
Turn your smartphone into a star map with this app then lay down under the night sky and be amazed at all the constellations and planets and learn the names of the stars. Even the kids will enjoy this app!

Campfire Games by brew82
Once the sun has set and you’re all seated around the campfire you can pretty much count to ten and the small children will be bored. This app is full of rules to fun campfire games you can all play. Then rate the games you’ve tried and see what everyone else is playing and what their favorites are!

Not an Android user?

Fear not! We have a great post on camping apps for iPhones too!

Two Footwear Overheating Solutions for Cross Terrain Hiking

A guest post by Mike Smith from Hi-Tec UK.
Specialists in walking boots and tactel socks.

When setting out for a day’s hiking, you are often able to work out which is the right footwear without too much deliberation. As long as the terrain of your planned route doesn’t change too
much, you will only require one pair of hiking socks and one pair of walking shoes. However, some hikes may involve a variety of terrains, from easy walking through grassy fields, to clambering over more challenging rocky ground. Such a situation is more likely to arise if you are going on a hike that is going to take days rather than hours. Of course, a solid pair of walking boots will be able to handle all types of terrain. Yet, if hiking in warm weather, walking boots can cause your feet to overheat. As your feet perspire, it can make walking uncomfortable and even cause soreness. So, what can you do to overcome the problem?

Take Two

The first and perhaps most obvious option, is to take along two pairs of footwear. If you are likely to experience extreme terrain, then it is advisable to take walking boots to provide support to the ankle and sole areas. You could then pack a pair of walking shoes, which can be worn when the trail is less demanding. Of course, there is the weight factor to consider. Taking a pair of sandals can help keep your backpack weight down, whilst being the ideal solution on especially warm days. Be sure to avoid fashion sandals and source out a specially designed model that is suitable for hiking. These sandals should be comfortable, well-cushioned and manufactured from wicking materials to keep your feet dry.

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In instances where you will encounter mid-difficulty terrain, you can further reduce the weight of you pack by taking walking shoes and your sandals; leaving your boots at home. Whichever two footwear models you decide to take, do not overlook the weight issue. Whilst your backpack may seem manageable when you try it on at home; you will soon feel the extra weight once you set off on your hike. Try to shed as much weight form your pack as possible, without leaving yourself short of the essentials.

Midway Approach

hi_tec_tactel_socksIf you don’t like the idea of taking two pairs of footwear, or simply can’t shave enough weight from your pack to make it a viable option, then you could instead opt for taking only walking shoes. This, of course, means that you will have less support around your ankles and soles when you reach the rougher terrain. To counter this, you should be wearing walking socks, which will offer some support to these areas.

In addition, you could also take along a pair of insoles, which can be added into the walking shoes as required for additional cushioning. Just remember to adjust your laces accordingly to make a little extra room for the insoles, or you may end up making your feet sore. Whilst the insoles will add a little weight to your pack, it is only minimal. In terms of the overheating issue, you could try a strong antiperspirant, such as Dove or Rexona. Just remember to get a little one can so that you can squeeze it into your backpack without losing too much room.

Camp Beverages

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by Aih 2006

An essential part of any camp packing list is a stock of beverages to stay hydrated during your stay outdoors. Packing beverages can be difficult, because liquids require a large amount of space to store. If your campsite has clean, running water, you can pack beverage powders and eliminate the need to transport liquids. If not, you will have to make room in your packing for beverage storage. You may also want to pack liquid beverages if you do not want to limit your drinking to powdered beverages.

So, what kind of drinks should you take on your camping trip? The beverages you choose depend on your personal taste, time of year, and activities that you want to do. Pack a large supply of water to keep hydrated even if you also bring other beverages.

The Ultimate Hydrating Drinks

Staying hydrated while camping is top priority. Water is the best option for staying hydrated, but there are also other options. When hiking or engaging in other physical activities, an electrolyte-replacing drink can help you maintain hydration. Flavored electrolyte tablets are hydrating and healthy. Avoid electrolyte drinks filled with sugar, or worse high fructose corn syrup. Pickle juice is hydrating and can reduce muscle cramps after strenuous activity.

The Best Camping Drinks for Kids

Always give children water to drink as a first option. I usually make my kids drink a cup or more of water before they are allowed to have other beverages. Healthy drinks for kids include juice and tea- either unsweet or lightly sweetened with honey. While cool-aid, soda, and Gatorade are all popular drinks for children, they are not recommended during outdoor activities because of their high sugar content. Soda is also a dehydrating beverage.

Drinks Just for Adults

Many people enjoy relaxing with a couple of adult beverages while camping. Beer is an ever-popular choice. If you bring beer, stick to aluminum cans to avoid scattering glass shards in the camp site if a bottle breaks. Camping cocktails are also popular, but require more storage space. Hard liquor can be added to other beverages, like tea, coffee, soda, and juice to give them an extra kick.

Powdered Drinks

If you want to pack lightly, pack beverage powders rather than liquid. Beverages that come in powder form include coffee, tea, milk, hot chocolate, and Gatorade. Pack the powder and add water once you get to the campsite.

Hydration is one of the most important safety concerns during a camping trip. With the right drinks, you can stay hydrated while still enjoying a variety of tasty beverages.

What is your favorite camping drink?

Best iPhone Apps for Campers

The Top 5 IOS Apps for the Modern Camper

Best iPhone Apps for CampersWhen it comes to smartphones, we’re a house divided. My husband loves his Android and I love my iPhone. So, when he asked me to write about the best camping apps for smartphones I had to start with iPhone apps for campers.

From survival to entertainment, apps can make camping trips enjoyable. Just remember to charge your iPhone’s battery and always have a backup plan for when that battery dies.

Survival and First Aid iPhone Apps for Campers

Survival Guide By Max Soderstrom
Based on the U.S. Military Survival Manual FM 21-76 and featured in PRIME living’s July/August issue 2012, the Survival Guide iPhone app is a guide book of sorts that covers everything from basic survival medicine to water purification, types of shelters and how to build them, building a fire and identifying dangerous plants. If there is anything you’d like to learn about surviving outdoors, this app will have you covered. Of course learning before you pitch your tent is advised, but I’d recommend even experienced campers keep this app handy.

St John Ambulance First Aid By St John Ambulance
While this app is based on UK protocols, I found it highly recommended as a first aid app. With instructions and illustrations for assisting people with allergic reactions, bites and stings, hyperventilation, diabetes and more this app could help you save a life.

An iPhone App to Help You Find Your Way

Spyglass By Pavel Ahafonau
Quite possibly the coolest compass app I’ve seen, Spyglass projects a compass over the image seen through your iPhone’s video camera so that you get a real sense of direction while using it. I’m terrible about finding my bearings, even when the sun is clearly rising in the east and I’m so excited to have found this app!

Entertaining iPhone Apps for Family Camping Trips

MyNature Animal Tracks By MyNature Inc.
Our oldest son’s favorite part of camping near the lake is waking up in the morning to discover all the tracks the nocturnal creatures have left on the beach and around the campsite. Having grown up in the country, I too enjoy trying to identify the footprints and track the creatures or speculate with my six year old about what they may have been doing while we were sleeping. MyNature Animal Tracks is sure to become a favorite app at our next camping trip.

GoSkyWatch Planetarium – the astronomy star guide By GoSoftWorks
Many of us camp to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and one of the best perks of a quite night away from it all is the view of the night sky… something we don’t see in our lit neighborhoods. Even if you’re not crazy about astronomy like my husband, you look up in wonder at the millions of tiny lights flickering above you. Next time you’re under the stars, try this app and see how many constellations you can find with it’s location based overlays of the night sky. Just lay down, point your iPhone at the sky and be amazed!

Thomas Hiram Holding: Father of Modern Camping

Thomas Hiram HoldingThomas Hiram Holding was, in 1908, the worlds leading proponent and practitioner of camping. It seams strange to me now to think that there was a time when humans didn’t camp for enjoyment. But up until the late 1800s people camped out of necessity not sport.

Oh sure there were folks who camped while undertaking a sport, say hunting, but camping was a given for the long distance traveler and so not something one did for enjoyment.

Travel was in fact the reason for Holding’s first experiences camping. In 1853 the British tailor was only 9 years old and in the process of crossing the vast American plains with his parents. At the start of their 1,200 mile journey they camped along the banks of the Mississippi river for 5 weeks, the longest encampment of his life. Subsequently, they camped every night on their journey west upon finally leaving in the spring of 1853 until the end of their journey in August of that same year.

The following year, he took another wagon train East, from Salt Lake City, through the Rockies and back to civilization.

Jump forward another 24 years and the now 33 year old Holding found himself with a canoe. He wrote that the canoe led to camping, then to a multi-day canoe cruise and camping through the Highlands of Scotland.

He continued to camp, canoe and added in cycling as well. He was quote proud of the Cycle-Camping epidemic which spread through the British country side. In 1878 Holding, and others, formed the Bicycle Touring Club, and some few years later he and four friends managed a cycle-camping expedition through Ireland.

Cycle and Camp in  Connemara_smlAfter the Ireland adventure, Holding published the book, “Cycle and Camp in Connemara” in which he described his trek through the Irish country side and invited readers to contact him. There was enough interest in the endeavor that a new community formed as the Association of Cycle Campers in 1901. This organization later became the Camping a Caravaning Club, the largest camping enthusiast club in Briton today.

In 1906, he found himself declared the “greatest known authority on Camping” which started him down a path towards authoring the “Campers Handbook” which was published in 1908. You can still find a copy of the Campers’ Handbook for your own reading pleasure. Many of the tips and tricks still apply today, and the author’s humor make the read quite enjoyable.

Further Reading

Water Purification: Survival Filtration

Some day, you may find yourself out camping or in the wilderness without any modern forms of water filtration and treatment. This does not mean you have to remain dehydrated. A survivalist water filter will clean the water sufficiently for short-term consumption. However, it is still possible that a few pathogens or bacteria will remain in the water after using these survivalist techniques, which is why you should only attempt them in a true  emergency.

In general, you have two options for purifying water in survivalist situations- boiling and making your own water filter. A combination of the two methods will produce the cleanest water.

Look for pure water sources

Before you filter or boil water, look for a pure source. Look for water features, such as:

  • Running water from a river or stream
  • Clear water
  • Sources away from roads, farms, cities, and other man-made locations
  • Water free of animal waste, dead plant debris, and dead animals

Building your own survivalist filter

Since it is nearly impossible to find fresh drinkable water in the United States, you will probably have to build a filter to strain out mud, tree branches, and other particles from the water. The easiest way to do this is with a sand filter.

If you have a plastic bottle or metal can handy, you can use that as the container for the filter. Otherwise, you will have to fashion a cone shape from bark or large leaves. Birch bark is ideal. Punch holes in the bottom of the plastic or metal container.

Fill the very bottom of the container with a 1-2 inch layer of small pebbles. You can also use non-poisonous grass or moss. Place a 3-5 inch layer of gravel over the pebbles. Fill the rest of the container with sand. If you have any charcoal leftover from a fire, place a 1-inch layer between the gravel and sand. Another filter recipe alternates layers of grass, sand, and charcoal. Use what you have on hand.

Pour water through the container and allow it to drip into another container. Keep filtering the water until it comes out completely clear on the other side. After filtering the water, boil it for safety. Boil the water for at least 10 minutes to remove as many pathogens, bacteria, and viruses from the water as possible.

Filtering water survivalist-style is not ideal. It is still possible to develop health issues from impure water using this filtering and purification method. However, a survivalist filter will produce cleaner water than simply drinking from a natural source, and you will have a much lower chance of injuring your body from impure water or dehydration.

What kinds of survivalist filters have you tried?

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Pack In, Pack Out

 

We’ve all been taught not to litter. At least in the United States there have been several major public initiatives to counter the onslaught of littering along road ways. And while many folks will never litter, there are some who’s lack of respect for their world and fellow residents causes them to just not give a damn and throw trash all over the place.

In 2009 there were over 51 billion pieces of trash thrown beside US byways. We spent nearly $11.5 billion in clean up initiatives. If you’d like the gory details, check out the 2009 National Visible Litter Survey… I’ve not taken the time to look for more current statistics, but you can imagine they’ve grown.

While littering along roads is bad, it’s contained geographically enough for society to at least attempt a clean up. The impact that littering would have on America’s back country, parks, and wildlife would be far greater.

If you’ve been involved with experienced campers or hikers you’re probably familiar with the concept of Leave No Trace, or at the least the idea of Pack It In, Pack It Out. These concepts became necessary during the post World War II era.

Prior to WWII American the outdoors man focused on woodsman ship and conservation. We didn’t have access to the plethora of man-made materials that we do today. Packed lunches were wrapped in paper, packs were made of cloth or leathers which would decompose somewhat naturally if left on the land, and anything else was constructed from the resources found in nature.

After the war ended and the strange reintegration of society had finally completed, families became one again, expanded most often, and “benefited” from the excess materials produced by the war time manufacturing machine. Nylon, Rayon and other man-made materials began appearing in consumer products. Plastics soon eased the work load of housewives everywhere packing lunches and weekend pick-nicks.

$1,000 Littering FineAmericans also began rediscovering an affinity for the outdoors. But unlike their fathers, these Americans trudged out into the wild bringing the trappings of the modern age. Items so foreign to the natural world that nature literally doesn’t know what to do with them.

The onslaught of litter that followed raised the ire of many a conservationist. Soon individuals began teaching new principles of conservation. The idea was simple, since the material being brought in couldn’t be handled by nature, you must carry out what you brought in.

My first introduction to the idea of pack in, pack out, was during my teen years as I started mountain biking. The MTB community is incredibly conservation minded. It appeared to me, at the time thinking in very black and white, to be a strange juxtaposition. Here were folks bringing destructive bicycles into nature, riding them at great speed on trails sometimes barely wide enough to walk down, yet if you were seen littering you’d vary likely be taunted and driven out of the woods by pure peer pressure.

What I leaned from that community of bikers was, nature is meant to be enjoyed but fearlessly protected. Yes the bikes would erode the trails fast, but the bikers would rebuild the trails. Yes the temptation was there to take your bike off through the woods, off the trails, but you just didn’t; you stayed on the trails to protect those inviting woods. And you sure as hell packed out everything you brought in, period.

Today, the need to pack out what we pack in is still important, perhaps more so than ever before. Fortunately, there are concerted education efforts on going by many organizations which teach adults and children alike how to enjoy nature while keeping it safe.

The Leave No Trace campaign, is probably the best known public outreach offering guidance and courses on conservation and principles for leaving a light foot print on nature.

Their seven principles are what I try to follow and think you should as well.

Plan Ahead and Prepare

  • Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you’ll visit.
  • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.
  • Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use.
  • Visit in small groups when possible. Consider splitting larger groups into smaller groups.
  • Repackage food to minimize waste.
  • Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

  • Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.
  • Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams.
  • Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.
  • In popular areas:
  • Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.
  • Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy.
  • Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent.
  • In pristine areas:
  • Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails.
  • Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.

Dispose of Waste Properly

  • Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter.
  • Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.
  • Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.
  • To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.

Leave What You Find

  • Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
  • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
  • Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.
  • Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.

Minimize Campfire Impacts

  • Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.
  • Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires.
  • Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
  • Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.

Respect Wildlife

  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
  • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
  • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
  • Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.
  • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.

Be Considerate of Other Visitors

  • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
  • Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
  • Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock.
  • Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors.
  • Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.

– See more at: http://lnt.org/learn/7-principles#sthash.l4cemn0r.dpuf

The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. This copyrighted information has been reprinted with permission from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.LNT.org