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Old 07-04-2018, 03:31 PM   #1
Kevin7
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Why the 3500 foot elevation rule for camping in the Adirondacks?

Does DEC give a reason for restricting at-large (unofficial) camping to below 3500 feet?
I understand that they wouldn't want people camping near fragile alpine areas - but those are more than a thousand feet above that limit.
I doubt that there is any good specific reason not to allow camping at least up to 4000 feet. I suspect that the purpose of the rule is to reduce pressure on the park by just being restrictive, making it hard to camp in desirable locations, thereby making camping less attractive and less popular.
It seems misguided to me, however. Campers make up a rather small part of the pressure on the High Peaks, and "at large" campers make up a very small part of the traffic.
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