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billysinc
06-16-2008, 11:01 AM
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JimS
06-16-2008, 01:34 PM
While this is a beautiful picture and no doubt was a wonderful experience for you...the actions captured in this picture exhibit non-sustainable (and likely illegal) camping practices in the White Mountains...

I have posted a link to list of backcountry rules are posted at the bottom in the link, but specifically, one may not camp in the alpine zone, defined as where trees are less than 8feet, which I believe that this picture shows. The reason for this is the fragile, rare and sometimes endangered flora that lives underfoot. It is simply very important to keep to the trails above treeline, and camp below to protect this arctic island in the sky...

Additionally, when below treeline, one cannot camp within 200 feet of a trail to spread out campsite use and allow the forest to sustain itself.

But #1 significantly trumps #2 due to the ecological impact of camping in the alpine zone...

If I have somehow misjudged this...I am sorry...but many take significant pride in preserving the fragile alpine zone, and breaking the rules comes with hefty fines as well.

Lastly, I do not mean to publicly scorn, but this has good educational value for others...as everyone makes mistakes and it's important to reflect, review and learn...
For all viewing, please take a minute to read this WMNF brochure:
http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/white_mountain/recreation/camping/backcountry_rules_2008-09.pdf

Brad
06-16-2008, 02:02 PM
Jim, that is a great link and resource for us all. Thanks for posting it.

JimS
06-17-2008, 07:47 AM
Billy and I sent some coorespondence via PM, and he removed the picture as to not promote others doing the same. It was a beautiful shot, but as mentioned, borderline appropriate.

While this was not one of them, there are a few pictures that are floating around the web that get my blood boiling...

For example:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/51144062@N00/347284604/in/set-72157602065103872/

This is clearly above treeline, in an ecologically sensitive area. Whether the photographer knew it or not...and I would guess not, the environment was likely damaged. We all dream of mornings like this, but cannot sustainably do so responsibly. And assuming the photog did not know of the rules...the burden falls the NFS, the AMC and all of us to continue to educate to protect these areas...

I may write the photographer above, but would feel a little strange to have my email come out of the blue. On this instance though, we know Billy here, and know he cares greatly for Mount Washington and the alpine zone, he just made a mistake which we all can learn from...