Going Green in the Mountains Sandpoint ID

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.

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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:


  • 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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