Chapter 3: Hiking in the Backcountry

Denali National Park & Preserve


Strive always to leave no trace while hiking in the backcountry ... “When you are stripped of everything except the physical elements, when it’s just strictly down to survival, it’s insane what you can push yourself to do, and who you become because of that.” Key concepts: • Use the shuttle bus to travel into the park • Spread out while hiking on fragile tundra • Walk on durable surfaces • Always travel with a map and compass • Stay alert: Watch for wildlife and weather • To avoid bear encounters, make lots of noise • While resting, face different directions • Know how to cross a river safely • Crossing point should be wide and braided • Think about where you may wind up if you take a fall • Never cross barefoot • Unclip pack straps