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Have you ever tried camping 200 ft away from the River?

2017-03-10 9:09 PM | Dave Watts

How Far is 200 Feet?

Stone Ridge, NY: When was the last time you were hiking and you felt the call of nature? Using the “facili-trees” is a normal part of being in the outdoors. However, do you know how far from water sources, trails, and campsites you should go before answering the call?

Leave No Trace recommends walking 200 feet to reduce the chances of contaminating water sources and trails. Not sure exactly how far 200 feet is? Luckily we have a simple trick you can use; 200 feet is approximately 70 big steps! Walk in a mostly straight line away from those water sources and trails to reach your defecation destination.

We hope this simple trick helps on your next adventure.  This golden distance can be applied to anything you do off-trail; whether you’re finding a campsite, washing dishes, bathing, and even using the bathroom. Thank you for always doing your part to Leave No Trace.


Adventure on!

Steph and Andy – Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East

Leave No Trace’s Steph Whatton and Andy Mossey are part of the 2017 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, REI, Fjall Raven, ENO, Deuter, Thule, and SmartWool.



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  • 2018-03-22 12:04 PM | Deleted user
    Yes camped near STARVED rock. Was a light rain when we pitched csmp. Since the place was empty, we camped as ne near as we could to the river.
    Much latet, a big wind hit the tent propelling us towards the river.
    We were rolled about so hard that we couldn't open the tent.
    The only thing that I could do was to spread my body put like a sky diver.
    We stopped just a few feet from the rain filled river

    Our angels, again, took care of us!

    Aj moen
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