Going Green in the Mountains Bozeman MT

Leaving no trace of your hiking and camping adventure in the mountains is the best way to ensure these massive beauties exist to enthrall future generations. Please read on for more detailed information in the following article.

Whitefish Mountain Resort,
3910 Big Mountain Road
Polson, MT
 
Community: Polson Fairgrounds, Inc.
(406) 883-1100
PO Box 1243
Polson, MT
 
Alice's Cabin
(406) 887-2216
34599 Eagle View Lane
Polson, MT
 
Mission Mountain Resort,
(406) 883-1883
36296 Fulkerson Lane
Polson, MT
 
Fleming Rentals,
(406) 883-9264
811 llth Ave E
Polson, MT
 
Bayside Property Management and Vacation Rentals
(406) 883-4313
907 4th Aveune East Suite A
Polson, MT
 
South Shore Veterinary Clinic
(406) 883-5229
35768 South Hill Drive
Polson, MT
 
Lake County Rental Services,
(406) 883-8000
784 Shoreline Drive
Polson, MT
 
Blacktail Mountain Ski Area,
(406) 849-0999
PO Box 1090
Polson, MT
 
Skiing: Whitefish Mountain Resort,
(406) 862-1900
PO Box 1400
Whitefish, MT
 

Going Green in the Mountains

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Going Green in the Mountains

Keep the hills alive

Despite their impervious looks, mountains are as delicate as molehills. Their rocky slopes host sensitive undergrowths with shallow root systems that can be destroyed by a single careless footstep. And once stripped of vegetation, even the mightiest mountain will fail to nourish the wildlife that resides there. Also, waste left on slopes can contaminate water sources below.

To ensure we have living mountains for the next generation, the basics of green camping and hiking still apply. But climbers pose a unique threat to mountains. And the higher you go, the more you rely on environmentally damaging tools, like pitons and hammers. If possible, learn to climb clean.

Clean ascents reject the use of damaging climbing tools and opt for more mountain-friendly nuts and hexes . Even though the clean climb technique means acquiring a new skill set, they're common (and expected) on many American Southwest slopes, including Yosemite Valley and Eldorado Canyon .

To help prevent the environmental assault that befell Everest it's crucial you:

Prepare

  • Read up on the regulations and special concerns for the area you'll visit.
  • Eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging by learning how to use a map and compass .
  • Bring sealable bags to remove your waste with you - human waste included.

Use Durable Surfaces

  • Minimize environmental impact by camping on rock, gravel, dry-grass terrains or established campsites.
  • Camp at least 200 feet from lakes and streams.

Love It and Leave It

  • Look, but don't touch cultural or historic structures and artifacts you encounter while climbing.
  • Don't collect rocks, plants and other natural objects you find.
  • Do not build structures, furniture or dig trenches as you ascend.

Steer Clear of Wildlife

  • Do not follow or approach wildlife you encounter along the way, especially during mating season or if young are pre...

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