The striking peak and glowing tent caught my eye, but it was the caption that made me look twice: “…don’t worry, this was higher & further from the lake than it looks…you may only camp in established sites along this trail…this was one of the better ones.” Why did @bobaumgartner feel the need to point out that the tent in his spectacular shot wasn’t actually three feet from the mirror-smooth lake water? Because Leave No Trace ethics say to try to camp in established sites, usually at least 200 feet away from a lake or stream. The idea is to minimize water pollution and lower the visual impact for other people in the area who might also want to enjoy the backcountry scenery.
Obviously the title of this article is meant to grab your attention, which sometimes I find annoying and click-baity, but this author brings up a fanstastic point; something that even I haven't thought about in the past.
Out in the wilderness, we enjoy feeling free—it can be tough to want to “live by the rules.”...We want The Most Epic Tent Site On Earth for our photo, whether or not it’s an already established, or Leave No Trace, site.
While I think that she is casting a pretty wide net, as I'd like to believe that most outdoorsy types are LNT aware, she brings an important point to the forefront of our thoughts with this article. THINK before you ACT. Especially in the increasingly delicate outdoors.
It’s up to all of us to protect those photo-worthy spots, and I’m realizing that sometimes even a single footprint makes a difference.