Packing it Out
The Importance of Packing it Out
Today I began my final round as a full online student with AMU. I know most of you come to this website to read about gear and trails and rock climbing spots. Today is a little different though. Today I began a course called Water Quality. During our first week we take a clean water quiz to see how much we know about water quality here in the United States. During this quiz I learned that only 48% of the streams in the United States are monitored for cleanliness. Of those 48% only 60% are considered clean enough to drink out of or have wildlife live. Now a lot of this is due to circumstances outside of the hiker’s control. Lets face it, most of us are not causing manufacturing waste or agricultural run off while we are hiking. But consider this, the number one cause of stream pollution is rain run off. If you want to see how bad water can get just look at plastics in the ocean or read about plastic water bottles seeping through landfills into water supplies.
Plastic waste is one of the worst things a hiker can leave out in the wild. I know plastic water bottles are convenient. I myself just bough a 32 pack because I have been to lazy to fill up my water bottle. We live in a day and age where the things we love most about the environment could no longer be relevant in the years to come. Global climate change is under fire and federal funding to the parks has been cut. It is on us to do whatever we can for the environment. I wrote an article long ago about the company hydroflask. I think this is the best water bottle you can by. It is extremely important, now more than ever, to do whatever we can to protect the streams. Just think about how unclean all the streams are that are not tested. If we want to have an outdoors to enjoy we need to remember that packing out all our trash is vital.