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
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile critics worry that fire prevention will be used as an excuse for backcountry clearcutting that will actually increase fire risks, reduce carbon stocks and have little impact on safety. oregonlive, "Lawmakers look to supersize firefighting and forest cleanups; critics say it could be counterproductive," 31 Jan. 2020 The school provides information for experienced snowkiters who want to plan a DIY expedition into the backcountry. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "8 Bucket-List Adventures You've Never Heard Of," 22 Jan. 2020 And options abound for evading the crowds and getting deep into the backcountry. Jen Murphy, Sunset Magazine, "Earn Your Burn on a Secret Backcountry Skiing Adventure in Colorado," 13 Jan. 2020 The park will boast accommodations for four different forms of camping that includes RV, equestrian, tent, and backcountry, Garcia said. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "$30M still needed to make Palo Pinto, North Texas' first state park in over 20 years, a reality," 9 Jan. 2020 The National Weather Service issued a backcountry avalanche warning that was relayed on behalf of the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center just after 8 a.m. Tuesday, and the warning was in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "At least 2 dead, others rescued after avalanche at Idaho ski area," 8 Jan. 2020 But don’t expect to lug the LuxuryMap into the backcountry. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "Camp More Comfortably with the Best Sleeping Pads," 1 Nov. 2019 And of course there’s some risk from the critters that share the backcountry, snakes in particular across the South and West in warm weather. Frank Sargeant, al, "How to stay connected in Alabama’s woods and waters," 27 Oct. 2019 An official said that beyond the 92 miles of the road, e-bikes can travel on a single trail of Denali’s front country and into the backcountry via a limited number of access points. USA TODAY, "Guitar hotel, creepy dolls, slime museum: News from around our 50 states," 25 Oct. 2019

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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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8 Feb 2020

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“Backcountry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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