Allison Rettman, as published in the September/October 2008 issue of Adirondac
for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.
- Know the
regulations and special concerns for the Eastern High Peaks.
your trip to avoid times of high use, and visit in small groups.
Camp on Durable Surfaces
High Peaks is a popular area, so concentrate use:
- Walk single-file
in the center of the trail, even when it's wet and muddy.
- On alpine
summits, step only on bare rock.
- Camp in
designated sites or lean-tos.
of Waste Properly
- Pack it
in, pack it out! Pack out all trash, leftover food, and litter.
- Use existing
outhouses or deposit human waste in catholes 6-8 inches (15-20cm) deep,
atleast 200 feet (60m) from water, camp, and trails.
- To wash
dishes and yourself, carry water at least 200 feet (60m) away from streams
or lakes. Scatter gray water to avoid concentrated deposits.
rocks, plants, and other natural objects a you find them.
- Do not
build structures or furniture, or dig trenches.
Use a Camp
can cause lasting negative impacts on the backcountry and are prohibited
in Eastern High Peaks.
wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters their behavior,
and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
wildlife and your food by storing food, toiletries, and trash in bear-resistant
of Other Visitors
- Be courteous.
Yield to other users on the trail (uphill hikers have the right of way.)
- Let nature's
sound prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.