Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces - Leave No Trace Quiz

Are you a Leave No Trace Trainer or Master Educator? Are you between teaching courses and need something to keep your Leave No Trace knowledge sharp? How much do you know about the Seven Principles? Take our quiz on Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces. Look for new quizzes on different principles in upcoming blog entries.


Multiple choice:

1. What is the best procedure for traveling off-trail through a pristine area?

A.  Stay in single file to avoid trampling a lot of vegetation.

B.  Hang markers from tree limbs so that everyone can follow the route.

C.  Give everyone compass headings and a map with the route marked on it.

D.  Hike spread out over a wide area to minimize impact. 

2. If you are concerned about trampling vegetation while hiking off-trail, your group should...

A.  Hike single file in lightweight shoes.

B.  Spread out to minimize your impact.

C.  Hike barefoot because it is less damaging to plants.

D.  Hike on tree stumps whenever possible.

3. When selecting a campsite you should choose a site...

A.  Close to a water source.

B.  Near the trail.

C.  In an open spot to receive the morning sun.

D.  At least 200 feet from lakes, streams, rivers, and trails.

4. When camping in popular or high-use areas...

A.  Scatter your activity beyond established campsites in order to speed recovery of the area. 

B.  Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites. 

C. Find a vegetated area to pitch your tent so that your group will be comfortable.   

D.  Walk spread out across the area to avoid further impacting the trails. 

5. What is not a necessary component of the perfect campsite?

A.  Safety

B.  Privacy

C.  Comfort

D.  Convenience

6. Because of their density, grasses and sedges...

A.  Provide an adequate surface to travel and camp on.

B.  Are easily and extensively damaged when traveled upon.

C.  Are not an ideal surface to camp upon when sparsely vegetated forest floor is available. 

D.  Provide protection to many endangered organisms and should be avoided at all costs while travelling and camping in the backcountry.








Answers to the multiple choice questions:

1 - d

2 - b

3 - d

4 - b

5 - d

6 - a

Durable or Not Durable:

7. Is rock durable or not durable?


8. Are wildflowers durable or not durable?

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9. Is dry grass durable or not durable?

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10. Is snow durable or not durable?

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11. Is lichen durable or not durable?


12. Is moss durable or not durable?


13. Is sand durable or not durable?


14. Is an established trail durable or not durable?


15. Is Cryptobiotic Crust durable or not durable?








Answers to the durable or not durable questions:

7. Durable

8. Not Durable

9. Durable

10. Durable, as long as it is 6 inches deep

11. Not Durable

12. Not Durable

13. Durable

14. Durable

15. Not Durable


True or False:

16. Durable Surfaces are those with the hardest surface?

17. 200 feet is 70 adult paces and 100 kid paces?

18. When you are taking a break from hiking, pausing in the middle of the trail is an acceptable place to rest?

19. When you encounter mud on the trail the best thing is to walk through it rather then around it?

20. You should find durable surfaces for your kitchen and tent areas because they receive the most impact?  






Answers to the true/false questions:

16. False, just because a surface is hard does not mean that it is always durable. Think about snow or sand.

17. True

18. False, you should move off the trail and find a durable surface to rest on.

19. True, you want to hike right through the mud so you don’t erode the sides of the trails and crush vegetation on the sides of the trail.

20. True

Thanks for taking our quiz. We hope this was a nice refresher for your Leave No Trace knowledge and that you had fun. Look for more quizzes in the future.

Thanks for reading and remember to be like Bigfoot and Leave No Trace!

Pat and TJ

Leave No Trace’s Patrick and Theresa Beezley are part of the 2013 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, Coleman, Hi-Cone, The North Face, REI, Smartwool and Yakima.