Backpacking Light contributor Ben Kilbourne reads his meditation on the transition from wilderness to trail to parking lot.
Backpacking Light columnist Mark Wetherington is no stranger to risk assessment. But this non-fiction account of search-and-rescue operations in North America gave him chills.
Am I willing to temper my desire for the pristine with an awareness that the pristine is a cultural construct?
"Wilderness settles peace on the soul because it needs no help. It is beyond human contrivance." -- E.O. Wilson