Thoughts from the desk of MATHIAS EICHLER

‘Happy Birthday Wilderness’

Great article celebrating and explaining the ‘Wilderness Act’:

The idea of government-designated wilderness contains a contradiction — one that people who work with wilderness ponder a lot. It’s this: To keep these places untouched by humankind, humankind has to manage the hell out of them.

I’ve always been struggling with the concept of ‘wilderness’. As a European I am more than comfortable enjoying the outdoors well-managed, well-populated and established. Here in the US we celebrate the true ‘wilderness’. Consider it a goal to spend lots of time in a place where there is nothing but nature. For me this ‘nothing’ is too little. Once you experience this, after a hike you might agree with me. Until then, enjoy your blisters for nothing, fool.