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Environmental issues

Our main goal is to inspire and enable more people to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. So looking out for nature, preserving it and protecting it, is a given. We do this in many ways such as how and where we source our materials, how we produce our clothing and equipment and of course how we run our events.

Fjällräven believes that being in nature also comes with a sense of responsibility to preserve and protect it. This core principle is one of the foundations of our effort behind the Fjallraven Classic. That is why we have partnered with Leave No Trace (LNT.org).  Along the Classic trail, you will meet Leave No Trace ambassadors first hand who continually educate about our impact on nature and ensure we are leaving the land better than we found it. We have a sweep crew go out after the final trekkers each day to ensure we are practicing what we preach and there is no trace of the Fjallraven Classic left behind including signage, waste, or gear.

Fjällräven Classic USA partners closely with Leave No Trace (LNT.org) both during Fjallraven Classic as well as supporting their mission year-round. Prior to the event and along the trail, you will meet Leave No Trace ambassadors first hand who continually educate and help elevate our impact on nature and ensure we are leaving the land better than we found it. We have a sweep crew go out after the final trekkers each day to ensure we are practicing what we preach and there is no trace of the Fjallraven Classic left behind including signage, waste or gear.

We preach the 7 Leave No Trace Principles loud and proud, please learn more below!

Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you'll visit.

  • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.

  • Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use.

  • Visit in small groups when possible. Consider splitting larger groups into smaller groups.

  • Repackage food to minimize waste.

  • Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

While we are collectively a large group, you will find very quickly that we segment off into natural packs with new and old friends that are cruising at your pace. We recommend groups no larger than 12 people at any given time.

  • Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.

  • Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams.

  • Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.

  • In popular areas:

  • Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.

  • Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy.

  • Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent.

  • In pristine areas:

  • Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails.

  • Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.

Dispose of Waste Properly

In order to comply with USFS requests, we provide porta-potties for each campsite to ensure we are responsibly disposing of human waste each day. Please plan to go before you leave camp each day. If you need to go between campsites, wag-bags will be provided or catholes are acceptable.

  • Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter.

  • Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.

  • Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.

  • To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.

Leave What You Find
  • Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch cultural or historic structures and artifacts.

  • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.

  • Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.

  • Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.

Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the environment. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.

  • Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires.

  • Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.

  • Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.

Respect Wildlife
  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.

  • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.

  • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.

  • Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.

  • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.

Be Considerate of Other Visitors
  • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.

  • Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.

  • Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock.

  • Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors.

  • Let nature's sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.

Fjällräven Classic is also our way of educating, informing and inspiring you and your fellow trekkers. It’s about sharing ideas for how you can minimize your negative environmental impacts.

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