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Who's been naughty this year?

Postby balzaccom » Sun Dec 19, 2010 8:50 am

This from our blog:

The Top Ten LNT Naughty kids in the backcountry
Santa keeps a list, and so do we. And the people who do these things in the back country aren’t going to find any presents under the tree from me this year!

10. Micro-trash on the trails. Yeah, I know it means you would have to bend over and pick up that tiny piece of foil. But if you don’t, it will be there for years, telling everyone else on the trail that you were too lazy. Not a good message to send. We collect a pocketful of this stuff on every trip.

9. Horses. If you are going to leave no trace, a horse is a very bad piece of equipment. They damage trails and trample campsites into hard-packed pavement.

8. Fire rings. OK fine, if one is there, go ahead and use it. But please don’t create another one thinking that the person behind you is going to appreciate it. We don’t. If you absolutely NEED a fire, pick a campsite that already has a ring.

7. Denuded campsites…from those same people who need a fire every single night, and will strip the bark off trees, hack off branches, and police the ground until there is nothing left but packed dirt. Sorry, but if you want to camp that way, go to a car campground and have the time of your life. In the wilderness, we’d like you to leave no trace.

6. Cutting switchbacks on the trail…because you are cooler than everyone else, and you get to damage the trails all by yourself? Those trails will now erode into ruin, and somebody will have to fix them, instead of doing something more helpful.

5. Carving your initials (or anything else) anywhere in the backcountry. Please. Write your name in yellow snow…but not on anything more permanent than that. We don’t want to know that you’ve been here. That’s the whole point.

4. Leaving stuff behind. I don’t care if your tent leaks, pack it out. If your fleece has a hole in it, pack it out. There is no fun in getting to someplace beautiful and finding that some jerk decided to abandon his or her garbage in it.

3. Fishermen who think that they are special and can leave monofilament, powerbait containers, or other crap along streams and lakeshores. The fish remember this stuff, and so do we.

2. Toilet paper. There is nothing worse than arriving at a beautiful spot and finding the ground and bushes littered with toilet paper the rodents have dug up. Nothing. Pack it out.

1. Habituated wildlife—there is no question about it. The worst thing that can happen to a wild animal is for it to become habituated to humans. A pox on everyone who feeds (intentionally or not---there’s no excuse) or otherwise accustoms a wild animal to humans.

What's on your list?

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Re: Who's been naughty this year?

Postby Cross Country » Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:01 pm

Without taking horses to Anvil Camp I would never have gone over Shepard Pass with my wife (2 times).
What a shame (at least for me) to have missed 2 of the best experiences of my life. Also, my 1st son would have probably have been someone else. Surly you remember this balzacom. It's the human element of life. You and I are humans.
Personally I never expected the backcountry to be perfectly pristine. To me it's close enough to pristine the way it is (with all it's human imperfections). For me, tolerance of others (even with their imperfections) is so very important.
What's really on my list? --- We get all the critics to be less critical.
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Re: Who's been naughty this year?

Postby toejam » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:21 pm

I wasn't really expecting a gift from you. Maybe next year.

Merry Christmas to you all! I don't really need anything from Santa.
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