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In the United States of America, a backcountry or backwater is an area that in general terms is a geographical region that is remote, undeveloped, isolated, or difficult to access.[]


Backcountry versus wilderness

In New Zealand, "backcountry" often refers to land that is not accessible by public access. For example, it is common for a farmer to have some remote parts of his land left in scrubland or forest. This is often adjacent to other areas of backcountry which are yet to be developed or protected from development. Trampers and other explorers sometimes need to get farmers' permission to access parts of the national parks of New Zealand or other natural phenomena, if they intend to pass over backcountry. Hunters can ask for permission from farmers to hunt in their backcountry.


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


  1. ^ "More people dying in avalanches as more take to B.C.'s backcountry". December 30, 2008. Archived from the original on November 10, 2012. Retrieved 2011. 
  2. ^ "Stranded Backcountry Skier Is Rescued After Eight Days". The New York Times. April 26, 2005. Retrieved 2011. 
  3. ^ "Latest avalanche has Colorado looking at backcountry limits". The Bulletin. February 22, 1993. Retrieved 2011. 

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