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We all hope that we can find the perfect backpacking campsite when we are ready to set up our camp at the end of the day. The campsite is an important part of the backpacking experience.
Most backcountry campsites are compromises of the "perfect campsite". A good camping site will have a minimum impact, will allow you to relax and enjoy your surroundings, and will be safe.
Remember... good campsites are found, not made.
It is also very important to use a bear bagging system or other methods to protect your food from bears and other animals when backpacking.
When hiking off of marked trails more than a general knowledge of map and compass is needed and backcountry navigation skills would be good to have.
One thing that some hikers seem to misunderstand is that some steep trails are purposely designed with zig-zags instead of going straight up or down. These switchbacks prevent trail damage from erosion by keeping the trail at a constant gradient. Taking short-cuts can damage the hiking trail.
It is important when hiking on sand dunes to hike between the fragile dune grasses because vegetation that is trampled can take a long time to recover.
The next step for survival is to prioritize your survival actions and think carefully before doing anything.