Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Going Roadless is the Right Thing To Do

Seems these days if people can't drive to a spot in the forest or wilderness, it'll rarely get visited. That's good news for many of the Backcountry.com customers who like myself enjoy the road (or lack there of) less traveled. Don't get me wrong, I'm crazy about road trips but there comes a point where it's time to ditch the auto and go man powered into the wild.

Our friends at the Outdoor Alliance agree 100%. The Outdoor Alliance is composed of the following organizations: Access Fund, American Hiking Society, IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association), Winter Wildlands Alliance, American Whitewater and the Amercian Canoe Association.

The Outdoor Alliance was formed in order to pool the voices of those organizations previously mentioned to have a greater influence on what the policy makers in Washington hear regarding places like where I was two weeks ago - the mountains above Death Valley.

One of the most unique and precious things I saw while there was a warm air blow hole on a ridgeline at 6000' above sea level where the warm moist air made for moss and small ferns growing on it's edges. Just 2 feet away from this hole was a desert scape. These and many other similar spots around our country should remain void of roads and should be wild and open for human powered recreation...forever.

If the video below makes sense to you, consider joining any of the associated groups that comprise the Outdoor Alliance. Check it out:


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Solitude No More?
http://www.highsierrahikers.org/essay_solitude.html

4/02/2008 11:15 AM

 

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