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Alaska’s Kigluaik Mountains

Alaska’s Kigluaik Mountains

A Rugged Range above Nome for Year-Round Backcountry Adventuring The Kiguluaik Moutains are inviting for their ruggedness and awesome beauty. Visitors will find all kinds of superb recreational opportunities, from fishing, hiking, backpacking, mountaineering and backcountry skiing to snowmobiling, dog mushing and photographing wildlife. There is evidence of early gold seekers, who entered this region […]

Denali’s Trailless Wilderness

Denali’s Trailless Wilderness

Hiking the Backcountry Less than a half-mile from the Denali park road and only ten minutes into our three-night backpacking trip, Dan Hall and I come to a sudden, unplanned stop. Seventy-five feet upstream, a brownish form moves among a clump of creek-bed willows. Then, sensing us, it too becomes still. The bus driver had […]

Wildland Ethics – Pack It In, Pack It Out

Wildland Ethics – Pack It In, Pack It Out

Pick up and pack out all of your litter. Trash and litter have no place in the backcountry. On the way out-when your pack is light try to pick up litter left by others. Reduce litter at the source. When preparing for your trip, repackage food into reusable containers or remove any excess packaging. This […]

Wildland Ethics – Properly Dispose of What You Can’t Pack Out

Wildland Ethics – Properly Dispose of What You Can’t Pack Out

As visitors to the backcountry, we create certain types of waste which usually cannot be packed out. These include human waste and waste water from cooking and washing. Human waste. Proper disposal of human waste is important to avoid pollution of water sources, the spread of disease and the aesthetic consequences to those who might […]

Wildland Ethics – Use Fire Responsibly

Wildland Ethics – Use Fire Responsibly

The use of campfires in the backcountry was once a necessity and is now steeped in history and tradition. This tradition is so entrenched in our minds that for some the thought of going on a backcountry camping trip and not having a fire is almost unthinkable. Yet the natural appearance of many areas has […]

Concentrate Impacts in High-Use Areas

Concentrate Impacts in High-Use Areas

Concentrating use in popular or high-use areas is a simple and effective method to reduce the impact of a backcountry visit. Main travel corridors and popular destinations usually have well-established trails and campsites. Continued use causes little additional impact to these features although overcrowding diminishes the overall experience for some. Respect other visitors’ need for […]

Minimize Use and Impact of Fires Part 2

Minimize Use and Impact of Fires Part 2

Selecting a Leave No Trace fire site. At established sites, use existing fire rings. These help concentrate the impact associated with fires and keep surrounding areas in more natural condition. Constructing new rock rings for campfires or building fires against boulders or ledges is inappropriate as it blackens rocks and disturbs underlying soils. If you […]

Minimize Use and Impact of Fires

Minimize Use and Impact of Fires

Campfire impacts are among the most common and obvious recreational impacts in wildlands. In backcountry areas of the Northeast, campfires are generally discouraged, and in any of the region’s alpine zones, fires should never be built. Backcountry visitors should always carry the appropriate equipment for warmth, shelter and light, and a lightweight campstove for all […]

Properly Dispose of What You Can’t Pack Out

In the backcountry, we create certain waste that usually can not be packed out. This includes human waste and waste water from cooking and washing. Dispose of human waste responsibly. Correctly disposing of human waste helps prevent pollution of water sources, the spread of illness such as Giardia, and aesthetic impacts to other visitors. Some […]

Leave What You Find

People come to wildlands to enjoy them in their natural state. Allow others the same sense of discovery by leaving plants, rocks, historic, cultural and archaeological artifacts as you find them. We all have a responsibility to anticipate and reduce our social impact upon others and to be considerate towards the wildland environment and its […]

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