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Rocky Mountain Ramblers Association

Most of this material was compiled for the Rocky Mountain Ramblers' Annual Field Orientation Day, held in May, 2000. Some of the publications consulted include: Also helpful were the suggestions of several knowledgeable and experienced Ramblers.

The desire for Wilderness Experience lures more and more people away from their comfortable TVs and into the Outdoors - to hike and ski, backpack and camp, snowshoe or mountain bike, take pictures, identify flowers.

All this activity puts tremendous pressure on outdoor spaces as we pass through them. As a result, Outdoor Clubs everywhere are realizing that a few guidelines are needed to help protect the wild areas and ensure we reap the greatest enjoyment and thrills while preserving the beauty and the challenges for future enthusiasts.

LEAVE NO TRACE - A Guide to Bush Etiquette, below, is a list of Pointers to help you make the most of your Wilderness Experience while still leaving something for the next person to discover and cherish.


Damage Control

Protecting The Land We Travel Through

Animal Interactions


On The Water

Water Bugs (canoeists, kayakers, swimmers) may not have to worry about many of these guidelines but they do need to be much more concerned in protecting that riparian zone (remember, it's the strip along the river bank).

Let Your Motto Be

Walk Softly, Walk Gently

Leave It Better Than You Found It

Looking for More?
The web has a number of sites where further information is available. Three that were perused include: