Environmental Etiquette

Sea kayaking has experienced tremendous growth in the past decade, especially in the last few years. It is a wonderful activity that attracts many people who wish to have a remote wilderness experience.

At Batstar, all of us believe in and practice no trace camping principles. On some of our trips, we use established camp sites, such as in the Broken Group Islands. On our expedition trips, we often camp on beaches that rarely see human impact. Wherever we camp, Batstar guides clean up any debris left behind from previous campers.

Fires

If a fire ring has been left behind at our site, we break it up. We usually enlist the help of our guests to help clean up the islands that we camp on. When we break up a fire ring, we take the rocks back to the area that they came from rather than throw them down the beach where they become a hazard to a kayak’s gel coated hull.If we make a fire, we only use driftwood. The pieces are small or cut small. We don’t use large driftwood logs as fire-breaks. Scarring of logs by carelessly built fires is a real tragedy. We scour the camping area looking for charred wood for use in our fire so as to rid the area of these unsightly remnants of poorly rendered fires.

Animals
Do not feed any wild animals, no matter how cute they are. Keep a clean kitchen and dispose of waste correctly. Little bits of food debris attracts mice, voles and crows, animals that you do not want in your kitchen.

cleaning up the beach
moving rocks
deer crow squirrel wolf track in sand guests cleaning the beach
Batstar guests cleaning up
fire rings on Dodd Island in
the Broken Group Islands.

Below are some examples of high impact camping.

bad fire ring bad fire ring
abandoned rope net hammock
bad fire lock garbage in the fire
huge fire ring
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