I recently went backpacking above treeline in Colorado. It was in a National Wilderness and there were no designated camping areas. Finding a flat enough spot for 3 tents proved to be difficult at best. While respecting the rule of camping at least 100 ft from the trail and water bodies we ended up walking off trail more that I'd like.
Given that a group of 2-6 people can, unfortunately, do a lot of stomping while
- finding a camp site that is 100+ ft from trail
- finding a camp site that is 100+ ft from water
- walking 100+ ft to the food cooking area
- walking another direction to a waste area (and digging holes)
- tying food up in a tree
What are some way to minimize our impact on the terrain while following all the other guidelines?