Project Description

Trail Education

OBJECTIVE: The Foundation would like to better educate the public so that all visitors in the JMT Backcountry are prepared, safe and leave no trace behind.

 

Trail Education

OBJECTIVE:    The Foundation would like to better educate the public so that all visitors in the JMT Backcountry are prepared, safe and leave no trace behind.

 

A key component of any wilderness restoration program is educating the public. Every person should know what to expect and how to lessen their impact on the wilderness. A hiker who is well prepared will have a safer and more enjoyable experience.

The JMT Backcountry is not an easy landscape. It is rugged, high-elevation and challenging. Everyone should be well-prepared in their fitness level, acclimated to high-elevation demands, packed light and with appropriate gear, food and first aide, and know the best practices for campsite selection, food, water and waste management, and trail protocols.

As a first step, the Foundation has proposed that every visitor to the JMT backcountry be required to click-through a series of on-line educational videos about these issues as a pre-condition to receiving a permit. Every individual, without exception.

We will develop other strategies to reach people with educational and training materials before beginning a JMT trip. We are working on instructional videos and a downloadable planning guide that we will post on our web site and push out through social media. It is a region-wide challenge over all five land management units. People can pass through wilderness leaving no trace if they are well-educated and trained. Stay tuned!

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A key component of any wilderness restoration program is educating the public. Every person should know what to expect and how to lessen their impact on the wilderness. A hiker who is well prepared will have a safer and more enjoyable experience.

The JMT backcountry is not an easy landscape. It is rugged, high-elevation and challenging. Everyone should be well-prepared in their fitness level, acclimated to high-elevation demands, packed light and with appropriate gear, food and first aide, and know the best practices for campsite selection, food, water and waste management, and trail protocols.

As a first step, the Foundation has proposed that every visitor to the JMT backcountry be required to click-through a series of on-line educational videos about these issues as a pre-condition to receiving a permit. Every individual, without exception.

We will develop other strategies to reach people with educational and training materials before beginning a JMT trip. We are working on instructional videos and a downloadable planning guide that we will post on our web site and push out through social media. It is a region-wide challenge over all five land management units. People can pass through wilderness leaving no trace if they are well-educated and trained. Stay tuned!

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