Leave No Trace: Packgoats In The Back Country

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Leave No Trace:  Packgoats In The Back Country - Quiz

This quiz covers the basic components of Leave No Trace outdoor ethics as well as some issues of LNT specific to using packgoats in the back country.
Resources:
Leave No Trace: Using Packgoats in the Backcountry
Leave No Trace: Online Awareness Course


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    When hiking on a trail, in the rain, with a group of people and goats, you should:

    • A.

      Travel in a single file line in the middle of the trail, walking right through puddles and mud.

    • B.

      Spread out as much as possible with only a few people on the trail to prevent any damage to the wet trail.

    • C.

      Stay in a single file line except to avoid puddles in mud, which you should go around to prevent the holes in the trail from getting worse.

    Correct Answer
    A. Travel in a single file line in the middle of the trail, walking right through puddles and mud.
  • 2. 

    Which of the following are part of the seven Leave No Trace priniciples:

    • A.

      Respect Wildlife

    • B.

      Pack Lightly

    • C.

      Minimize Campfire Impacts

    • D.

      Reuse, Reduce, Recycle

    • E.

      Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Respect Wildlife
    C. Minimize Campfire Impacts
    E. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Respect Wildlife, Minimize Campfire Impacts, and Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces. These three principles are part of the seven Leave No Trace principles, which aim to promote responsible outdoor recreation and minimize the impact on the environment. Respecting wildlife involves observing from a distance, not feeding or approaching them, and keeping pets under control. Minimizing campfire impacts means using established fire rings or designated fire areas, using small and manageable fires, and completely extinguishing them before leaving. Traveling and camping on durable surfaces means sticking to established trails and campsites to avoid damaging sensitive ecosystems.

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  • 3. 

    When taking a lot of equipment into the backcountry, you should:

    • A.

      Take as many goats as you can to "spread the load".

    • B.

      Take as few goats as necessary, being careful not to load any goat beyond his capabilty.

    Correct Answer
    B. Take as few goats as necessary, being careful not to load any goat beyond his capabilty.
    Explanation
    Each additional goat adds significantly more impact to the trail. More than is gained by "spread the load" across goats. As long as you don't overload your goats, take only those necessary to haul your gear.

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  • 4. 

    What is the minimum recommended diameter of tree to use in your highline?

    • A.

      2"

    • B.

      4"

    • C.

      8"

    • D.

      16"

    Correct Answer
    C. 8"
    Explanation
    The minimum recommended diameter of tree to use in a highline is 8". This is because a larger diameter tree provides more stability and strength to support the weight and tension of the highline. Smaller diameter trees may not be able to withstand the forces exerted on them, increasing the risk of the highline collapsing or breaking. Therefore, it is important to choose a tree with a diameter of at least 8" to ensure the safety and stability of the highline.

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  • 5. 

    True or False:  Packgoats should yield the trail to larger animals by stepping off the trail?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Packgoats should yield the trail to larger animals by stepping off the trail. This is because larger animals may be more dominant and pose a potential threat to the packgoats. By stepping off the trail, the packgoats can avoid any potential conflicts or accidents and allow the larger animals to pass safely. It is a way of respecting the natural hierarchy and ensuring the safety of both the packgoats and the larger animals.

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  • 6. 

    How far away should you camp from a stream?

    • A.

      Zero feet, the stream is beautiful, why not enjoy it?

    • B.

      25'

    • C.

      50'

    • D.

      100'

    • E.

      200'

    Correct Answer
    E. 200'
    Explanation
    Camping 200 feet away from a stream is recommended to minimize the impact on the stream ecosystem. Setting up camp too close to the stream can result in pollution from human waste, detergents, and other contaminants. It also helps to preserve the natural habitat of aquatic organisms and prevents erosion and sedimentation in the stream. By camping at a distance, it allows for a buffer zone that protects the stream and maintains its water quality.

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  • 7. 

    Which of the following are ways to minimize Campfire Impacts:

    • A.

      Don't make a campfire, use a lightweight stove instead.

    • B.

      Use established fire rings.

    • C.

      Make the fire small, using sticks no bigger than you can break by hand.

    • D.

      Scatter cool ashes once the fire is completely extinguished.

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Don't make a campfire, use a lightweight stove instead.
    B. Use established fire rings.
    C. Make the fire small, using sticks no bigger than you can break by hand.
    D. Scatter cool ashes once the fire is completely extinguished.
    Explanation
    To minimize campfire impacts, it is recommended not to make a campfire and instead use a lightweight stove. Using established fire rings helps contain the fire and prevent it from spreading. Making the fire small, using sticks that can be easily broken by hand, helps control the size and intensity of the fire. Lastly, scattering cool ashes once the fire is completely extinguished helps ensure that there are no remaining embers that could potentially start a wildfire.

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  • 8. 

    To minimize waste, you should:

    • A.

      Burn all trash completely in a fire.

    • B.

      Scatter waste so as not to create a "dumping ground".

    • C.

      Minize what produces the waste and pack out all of your trash.

    • D.

      Dig a hole and bury the waste deep enough that it will decompose over time.

    Correct Answer
    C. Minize what produces the waste and pack out all of your trash.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is to minimize what produces the waste and pack out all of your trash. This option suggests reducing the amount of waste produced in the first place and taking responsibility for disposing of it properly. By minimizing waste production, individuals can reduce their environmental impact and contribute to waste management efforts. Packing out trash means taking it with you and disposing of it in designated waste receptacles, rather than leaving it behind in the environment. This promotes cleanliness and prevents pollution.

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  • 9. 

    After making your evening meal, you should clean up by:

    • A.

      Dump any extra food in the fire and burn it completely.

    • B.

      Strain extra food and place in a pack-out trash bag.

    • C.

      Scatter dirty dishwater at least 200 feet from camp.

    • D.

      Scatter left over food to help feed wildlife.

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Strain extra food and place in a pack-out trash bag.
    C. Scatter dirty dishwater at least 200 feet from camp.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is to strain extra food and place it in a pack-out trash bag and to scatter dirty dishwater at least 200 feet from camp. This is the best way to clean up after making your evening meal while camping. Straining extra food and putting it in a pack-out trash bag ensures that it is properly disposed of and does not attract wildlife. Scattering dirty dishwater at least 200 feet from camp helps to minimize the impact on the environment and prevents contamination of the campsite.

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  • 10. 

    When disposing of human waste (going to the bathroom) you should:

    • A.

      Go in a stream to "disperse" the waste.

    • B.

      Dig a 6-8" cat-hole at least 200' away from water sources and cover the waste when done.

    • C.

      Dig a latrine to be shared by all campers.

    • D.

      Do as the animals do, go when and where the urge strikes, leaving the waste on top of the ground surface.

    Correct Answer
    B. Dig a 6-8" cat-hole at least 200' away from water sources and cover the waste when done.
    Explanation
    When disposing of human waste, it is important to dig a 6-8" cat-hole at least 200' away from water sources and cover the waste when done. This method helps to prevent contamination of water sources and minimize the spread of diseases. Going in a stream may contaminate the water and cause pollution. Digging a latrine to be shared by all campers may not be practical or hygienic. Leaving waste on top of the ground surface, like animals do, is unsanitary and can lead to health risks.

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  • 11. 

    True or False:  It is best to camp on sites that are already so highly impacted that further use will cause no noticeable impact.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    It is best to camp on sites that are already highly impacted because further use will cause no noticeable impact. This means that these sites have already experienced significant human activity and have been altered to a point where any additional camping or use will not cause any noticeable harm or damage. Camping on such sites can help minimize the impact on pristine or untouched areas, preserving their natural state.

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  • 12. 

    Which are good choices of "durable" surfaces?

    • A.

      Rock

    • B.

      Sand

    • C.

      Snow

    • D.

      Wildflowers

    • E.

      Dry Grass

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Rock
    B. Sand
    C. Snow
    E. Dry Grass
    Explanation
    The surfaces mentioned in the answer - rock, sand, snow, and dry grass - are considered durable because they can withstand the elements and heavy use without easily getting damaged or worn out. Rock is a solid and sturdy surface, sand can withstand pressure and erosion, snow can be compacted and walked on, and dry grass is resilient and can handle foot traffic. These surfaces are suitable for various activities and can last for a long time without needing frequent repairs or replacements.

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  • 13. 

    Tree Saver straps should always be used on a highline because:

    • A.

      They make it easier to put up the highline.

    • B.

      They allow you to more safely use much smaller trees.

    • C.

      They reduce the friction scars and impacts caused by rope wrapped directly around a tree.

    Correct Answer
    C. They reduce the friction scars and impacts caused by rope wrapped directly around a tree.
    Explanation
    Tree Saver straps should always be used on a highline because they reduce the friction scars and impacts caused by rope wrapped directly around a tree. Using rope directly around a tree can cause damage to the tree, leaving friction scars and impacting its health. Tree Saver straps provide a protective barrier between the rope and the tree, minimizing the potential damage. By using Tree Saver straps, highliners can ensure that they are practicing their sport in an environmentally responsible manner, minimizing their impact on the trees they use for support.

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  • 14. 

    While hike in an area known for Native American history, you find a piece of pottery.  You should:

    • A.

      Pack it safely in a towel or clothing for delivery to the nearest Museum.

    • B.

      Pick it up to examine it, take photos, and then place back carefully where you found it.

    • C.

      Leave it where it is and observe without disturbing.

    • D.

      Cover it up with sticks and leaves to ensure that nobody else tampers with it.

    Correct Answer
    C. Leave it where it is and observe without disturbing.
    Explanation
    Leaving the piece of pottery where it is and observing without disturbing is the correct answer because it is important to respect and preserve cultural artifacts. Native American pottery is part of their history and cultural heritage, and removing it from its original location can disrupt archaeological context and potentially damage the artifact. It is best to leave it undisturbed and report its location to the appropriate authorities or experts who can assess its significance and take necessary actions for its preservation.

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  • 15. 

    How many Leave No Trace Principles are there?

    • A.

      4

    • B.

      5

    • C.

      7

    • D.

      9

    Correct Answer
    C. 7
    Explanation
    There are seven Leave No Trace Principles. These principles are guidelines that promote responsible outdoor recreation and minimize the impact on the environment. By following these principles, individuals can help preserve the natural beauty of outdoor spaces and protect wildlife habitats.

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  • 16. 

    Which is the following practicies is NOT recommended when group camping in remote areas?

    • A.

      Spread tents to minimize impact.

    • B.

      Locate the kitchen close to a source of water.

    • C.

      Stay no more than two nights in the same area.

    • D.

      Wear soft shoes in camp.

    Correct Answer
    B. Locate the kitchen close to a source of water.
    Explanation
    When group camping in remote areas, it is not recommended to locate the kitchen close to a source of water. This is because it can contaminate the water source with food waste and other pollutants, posing a risk to the environment and potentially to the health of the campers. It is important to choose a location for the kitchen that is away from water sources to minimize the impact on the environment and ensure the safety of the campers.

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  • 17. 

    You encounter a beautiful caterpillar while hiking, you should:

    • A.

      Kill it, there's no such thing as a beautiful caterpillar.

    • B.

      Pick it up and place it on your friend's back.

    • C.

      Pick it up and share it with others so that they may too enjoy it's beauty.

    • D.

      Respect it by leaving it alone and only observing from a distance.

    Correct Answer
    D. Respect it by leaving it alone and only observing from a distance.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is to respect the caterpillar by leaving it alone and only observing from a distance. This option shows a responsible and ethical approach towards nature and wildlife. Interfering with the caterpillar's habitat or harming it would be detrimental to its well-being and disrupt the natural balance of the ecosystem. By observing from a distance, one can appreciate the beauty of the caterpillar without causing any harm.

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