noun, often attributive
back·​coun·​try | \ ˈbak-ˌkən-trē How to pronounce backcountry (audio) \

Definition of backcountry

: a remote undeveloped rural area

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Examples of backcountry in a Sentence

he took a month's supplies and headed out to the backcountry

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According to a release from Brundage Mountain, two separate incidents involving a snowcat occurred while the two victims were on a backcountry trip. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "2 people injured at Brundage Mountain in snowcat trip incident | Idaho Statesman," 28 Feb. 2018 From venturing in the Colorado backcountry to building a surfboard on the coast of Maine, Huckberry has stepped up its Explorer’s Grant program for 2019. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Vote for Huckberry's Explorer’s Grant and Win Your Chance to Go on a Wild Adventure," 26 Mar. 2019 There’s something for everyone, from groomed trails at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, to gnarly backcountry experiences in nearby Rogers Pass. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Hard to Get to, Harder to Leave: Why Revelstoke, B.C. Is Skiing’s Hottest Destination Right Now," 22 Feb. 2019 The Longmire Museum, open daily from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., provides general park information, winter activity guidance and backcountry permits. Carol Pucci, The Seattle Times, "For a visit without the crowds, head to Mount Rainier in winter," 20 Feb. 2019 Warm weather, heavy precipitation and high winds have created a high risk of backcountry avalanches on Mount Hood, forecasters say. Elliot Njus,, "Avalanche warning issued for Mount Hood," 27 Jan. 2018 And for backcountry fans, there’s REI Adventures’ 8-day trip ($5,199) in Wrangell–St. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "6 Places to Stay Cool on Your Summer Vacation," 22 Jan. 2018 In the Know The backcountry here produces superb wines made from grenache grapes; visit Celler Martin Faixó or head to its Enoteca MF bar in town. Alexander Lobrano, Town & Country, "The Ultimate Guide to Spain's Mediterranean Coast," 6 June 2017 The black color shows no dirt and looks great in the backcountry or city. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "Our Favorite Travel Gear of All Time," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of backcountry

1746, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backcountry was in 1746

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