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Kigluaik-Mountains
Hiking US

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,…

denali outerrange
Hiking US

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…

fire-uses
Camping

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…

backcountry-hiking
Camping

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…

camp-fire
Camping

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…

use-of-fire
Camping

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…

outdoor-backpack
Backpack check list

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…

campsite
Camping

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…