We stopped at a ranger station to acquire a backcountry permit and were reminded to camp only on dirt and rocks, absolutely NO foliage. When we arrived, we scoured the area and found just one obvious campsite. All dirt, lined with rocks. But even then, we dropped our packs and continued to roam around in search for additional options. We brought the required bear canister and blue bags for human waste. We did all the things, and yet... I haven’t wanted to post this image because I’m confident the first thing that will come to some folks minds is “that’s not 200 feet from the water!” And that wouldn’t be an inaccurate statement - I’m pretty sure it wasn’t. It’s definitely farther from the water than this image makes it appear... but that’s the fun and sometimes difficult part about photography.
LNT are guidelines that all of us wilderness lovers should know and practice. But the stars don’t always align where you can check all the boxes. So do the best you can. Good campsites are found, not made. Clearing out an area, farther from the water would have done far more damage to this fragile place than taking up residency in an already existing spot closer to the lake.
But the point of this post is... there’s a lot of flack these days, people and accounts being reported and blasted for outdoor ethics or lack thereof. I’m in full support of respecting and protecting the environment, following the rules, and putting those things above myself and my images... but it’s good to remember this; a simple image usually doesn’t tell a complete story.
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