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A backcountry area in general terms is a geographical region that is remote, undeveloped, isolated or difficult to access.[citation needed]

A backcountry region can be close to urban areas if it is not immediately accessible by vehicle, at relatively high altitude, not generally frequented by human visitors.[citation needed]


Backcountry versus wilderness[edit]

While the term "backcountry" is roughly comparable to the term "wilderness", they are not necessarily equivalent. "Wilderness" implies more the condition, whereas "backcountry" implies more the position.[citation needed]

There is some debate about the accessibility of people by means other than human power. While wilderness is a state of mind that implies pristine and untouched landscapes, backcountry serves as areas of land explored exclusively by human power. Wilderness exists in many places, including the backcountry.[citation needed]

Similar terms[edit]

A better-known Australian English term is "outback", or in some other countries[which?] "the bush".[citation needed] Backcountry is also similar to "hinterland".[citation needed]


The backcountry contains many hazards including rough terrain, life-threatening weather, avalanches and wild animals.[1] Tragic accidents and dramatic backcountry rescues of stranded hikers, climbers or skiers are a staple of news reporting.[2] Some jurisdictions have discussed placing limits on human access to the backcountry during times of particular danger.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "More people dying in avalanches as more take to B.C.'s backcountry". December 30, 2008. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Stranded Backcountry Skier Is Rescued After Eight Days". The New York Times. April 26, 2005. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Latest avalanche has Colorado looking at backcountry limits". The Bulletin. February 22, 1993. Retrieved July 6, 2011.