Be a Caring Steward of the Alpine Zone
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Photo credits: © Brian Post, Doug Mayer, Bryan Yeaton, and the Mount Washington Observatory.
Artwork by: Eric Scharnberg.


This project is currently on display at Crag Camp. To learn more about the history of this project, read about the successful grant application to The Waterman Fund.

The Waterman Fund



The rugged alpine landscape above Crag Camp is a special place.  Alpine plants survive in some of the most severe weather in the world.  But a single footstep can kill them.  We can all be caring stewards of the alpine zone and protect this fragile landscape for the future.  Traveling in the alpine zone requires some special consideration.  Here are some simple actions you can take that will make a difference.

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Protect plants by following blazes or rock cairns and stay on the trail.  If you must leave the trail, do your best to walk from rock to rock.  Please don't sit or walk on the plants.

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Alpine plants are brittle in winter and easily damaged.  Watch where you walk with boots and crampons.  Research shows that several smaller groups have less impact than one big group.  Keep your group size small.

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Plan ahead and be prepared for all conditions.  Trail maintenance takes a lot of hard work.  Thank you for supporting the efforts of organized trail cllubs and agencies.

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We can all be caring stewards.  White Mountain National Forest regulations exist to protect the alpine zone.  Please follow them.

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There's no easy way to dispose of human waste in the alpine zone.  Use Crag's toilet while you have the chance.  The Randolph Mountain Club is looking for your suggestions.  Share your ideas with us and let us know how we can be better stewards.  Send your suggestions via post mail to RMC, Randolph, NH 03593 or via e-mail through our website at randolphmountainclub.org.  This display was made possible with assistance from RMC members and volunteers, the United State Forest Service White Mountain National Forest, and a grant from the Guy Waterman Alpine Stewardship Fund.  Writer, homesteader, and friend of the wild, Guy Waterman was an RMC winter caretaker from 1992 to 1994.  The RMC would like to thank Kai Allen, Steve Bailey, Peter Crane, Darwin James, Yuk Tai Man, Doug Mayer, Rebecca Oreskes, Brian Post, Mike Rogers, Eric Scharnberg, Jeff Smith, Bryan Yeaton, Alpine Club of Canada, Mount Washington Observatory, RMC Trail Crew and White Mountain National Forest for their generous assistance in developing this display.

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