Arthur Digbee wrote:
But what do y'all think? What makes a place "wild" ?
Bob Sihler wrote:For me, it's territory that's so remote or so rugged or so alien that it deters most people from entering. Sometimes it is steps from the car. Other times it is miles away from the parking lot.
Bob Sihler wrote: The stream you bushwhack along until you reach the obscure waterfall is in the wilderness. The mountain lake 15 miles in that the masses use as a base camp to climb the trophy peak-- not really.
Bob Sihler wrote:There's the legal definition, but there's also an emotional one. I've been in many a "wilderness area" that didn't have the wilderness feel, and I've been in non-designated areas that feel as wild as anything I've ever experienced.
Bob Sihler wrote:The Everglades, what's left of it, is wilderness. The Okefenokee Swamp is. The rhododendron forests of the North Carolina ridges and hollows are. The West, of course, is teeming with wilderness both mountain and desert.
Bob Sihler wrote:There's also a purity factor. You know, Arthur, many of my thoughts on "pure" mountain wilderness and why I think Greater Yellowstone, the Bitterroots-Frank Church country, Bob Marshall country, and Glacier are the best places for it in the Lower 48. I need the howl of the wolf and the track of the grizzly, even if I don't hear the former or see the latter.
ktnbs wrote:I recall, probably in the 60's, reading a biography of Robert Mitchum. It had photos. And one of the photo's showed Mitchum's pickup camper parked by a river and it was titled something like... "Robert Mitchum on a camping trip in the wilderness"
drpw wrote:I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of lands I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description ["wilderness"]; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the lands involved in this case is not that. [Emphasis added.]
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