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Friday, February 9, 2007

Pack Out Your Trash

I was reading in a recent Gold Prospectors Magazine and there was a brief little commentary about canteens that filter water as you drink. The auther was talking about how, even way out on remote streams, it's a good idea to filter your water before drinking "...because you never know what's upstream."

Good advice.

To make his point he described hiking into an isolated spot and finding a used diaper sitting by the stream. Then he said something along the lines of "...if you can carry a baby into a remote spot like that, you can certainly carry a shovel", as if burrying the diaper would've been okay!

Just what I want to find in my classifier, a dirty diaper!

I'd like to correct the auther and say, if you can pack it in, you can pack it out. This includes diapers, beer cans, candybar wrappers and anything else you carry in. I hate finding diapers, wads of tangled fishing line, broken glass, used batteries, bottlecaps, old tires and other junk while I'm out, and digging it up would be no better than finding it laying out in the open. More than the gold, I'm out there for the environment - the natural beauty, peace and quiet, etc. I don't think I'm alone in that, but it seems like a lot of prospectors are so angry with environmentalists that they ignore common sense about the environment. I mean if you need to filter your water because of idiots leaving trash, don't suggest bringing a shovel to bury your trash.

Pack out your trash. Gold prospecting is a right, but if you can't leave the stream with the same stuff you brought to the stream, including your own trash, you don't belong out there, so maybe it's not a right you ought to keep. I'm not asking anyone to hug a tree, just be responsible. Pack out your trash, make sure your campfire is completely out before you break camp, fill in your holes and so on. It's not that hard...

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