Jul 10 2014

The muddy trail – Leave No Trace (LNT) / Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC)

One of the guidelines in Leave No Trace (LNT) and Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC) talks about staying on established or existing trails. It suggests to walk in a single file, in the middle of the trail even when it is wet or muddy.
I have no problems with this when I’m using my combat boots. The insides of the boots do get wet eventually, but they go dry easily. These boots may be heavy compared to the well known brands of hiking shoes but these are so damn durable. I always bring a pair or two extra socks with me for cases when my boots eventually get wet. I just put on a fresh pair of socks and I’m good to go.

How about you? Do you stick to this rule? Or do you walk on the sides and avoid the wet and muddy trail?

3 Responses to “The muddy trail – Leave No Trace (LNT) / Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC)”

  • PinoyApache Says:

    Me, I use my common sense.

  • admin Says:

    True. Common sense is the ultimate tool in the wilderness, especially if the person has years of experience to back it up. My common sense tells me to walk on better ground than stick to the mud. This post is a throw at LNT/BMC followers. Will they stick to the 7 principles? Or will they avoid the mud for whatever practical reasons their common sense has dictated them.

  • vern Says:

    Humvee straight through it is the best way. hah. Rocky makes some good waterproof combat boots too. They’re over 200 dollars though.

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