+ Backcountry Impact Series: Climbing THE MOUNTAINEERS WHEN

+ Backcountry Impact Series: Climbing THE MOUNTAINEERS  WHEN

+ Backcountry Impact Series: Climbing THE MOUNTAINEERS

WHEN YOU HEAR CONSERVATION, WHAT DO YOU THINK? (1 minute)

LEAVE NO TRACE 7 Principles Plan Ahead and Prepare Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces Dispose of Waste Properly Leave What You Find

Minimize Campfire Impacts Respect Wildlife Be Considerate of Other Visitors 4 LOW-IMPACT SKILLS FOR CLIMBING IN WASHINGTON

Traveling in Different Environments Human Waste Wildlife The Human Experience DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTS ONE

MIGHT CLIMB IN HERE IN WASHINGTON Alpine SubAlpine Rock Wet Semi-Desert Crags

Wilderness And how to travel in them + ALPINE ENVIRONMENTS

ALPINE COMMUNITIES (SUBALPINE) Some alpine heather communities on Mt. Rainier have been carbon dated to 10,000 years old. ALPINE FELL FIELD A

community of widely scattered dwarfed vegetation that grows in the barren land above the timberline. DONT BUST THE CRUST Important for the ecosystem! It holds desert sands together,

absorbs moisture, produces nutrients, provides seedbeds for other plants to grow Cryptobiotic soil is a mixture of cyanobacteria, mosses lichen, fungi and algae.

TRAVEL Durable Surfaces are areas that are hardly affected by the passage of humans.

Includes established trails, sand, gravel, snow, dry grasses and more. TREAD LIGHTLY Thick snow

Patchy snow PARADISE, MT. RAINIER NATIONAL PARK TRAIL BRAIDING AND SOCIAL TRAILS CAN LEAD TO: SOIL LOSS, SOIL COMPACTION,

EROSION, TRAIL WIDENING, VEGETATION TRAMPLING Social Trails Trail Braiding Social Trails Photo credit: NPS/Lucy Lieberman

Yay for Switch Backs! BEST PRACTICES (2 MINUTES) In pristine areas

On established trails URINE Minimize interaction with wildlife Consider the social impacts of

urine + WHEN NATURE CALLS Avoid polluting water source Eliminate contact

with animals and insects Maximize decomposition Minimize the chances of social impacts

+ WHEN NATURE CALLS Pack it in, Pack it out. WHEN NATURE CALLS PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT.

FOOD + FED IS DEAD CASCADE FOX

Photo credit: Lee Rentz Photography TIP: REPACKAGE YOUR FOOD TIP: SECURE YOUR FOOD Grubpack

THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE Charred rocks Destroy organic matter and sterilize the soil up to 4 inches deep Damage to trees

No downed wood GET CREATIVE! + REMEMBER THE SCOUT MAXIM, LEAVE IT BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT

+ LEARN MORE/NEXT STEPS Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics www.lnt.org Stewardship Opportunities: https://www.mountaineers.org/expl

ore/acti vities#b_start=0&c4=Stewardship + RESOURCES http://www.mountaineers.org/ CONSERVE

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