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Be An Outdoor Ambassador: How To Implement Low-Impact Food Skills

We go outside to wander and explore the
adventurous spirit within ourselves. As an experienced climber, I want to
encourage you to be mindful of the impact of your food on our wild places and to follow low-impact recreation skills to preserve our wild places for generations to come. Packing enough food for time in the backcountry is an important part of outdoor safety, and I always like to pack a
little extra in case of emergency. When traveling with friends we team up
to pre-pack and carry food. We take time to sort food and repackage as necessary while still at home. This means less garbage for you to pack out and less risk that a wrapper will be dropped accidentally. I’m careful to not drop food scraps while munching. Food will easily decompose but it’s not native to the environment, and it needs to be packed out – even apple cores and banana peels. An introduced food source can alter animal behavior and have unintended consequences. Anything that we carry into the woods
should come out of the woods with us. I try to take a moment to sweep the area
where I’ve stopped to eat to make sure that I’m not leaving any trash or food scraps behind. For overnight expeditions I also consider how to store food so animals don’t get into it. Depending on where you’re climbing and camping, that could look like putting food in a rodent-proof bag, hanging food in a bear hang, or putting it in a bear canister. Animals should never be fed. A fed animal is a dead animal. Animals become dependent on human food when we feed them, leaving them vulnerable in seasons when we aren’t out there. There are many places where animals are used to our presence and approach hikers and climbers for food. And in these instances it’s imperative not to feed these animals, and perhaps make the decision to move on and eat elsewhere. Venturing into the outdoors is an
essential piece of the human experience. We want to keep our wild places as
sanctuaries for the human spirit. To let our grandchildren experience the
sensation of discovering and untouched place. Do your part to protect the outdoor
experience by using these low-impact recreation skills.

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