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

Definition of backcountry

: a remote undeveloped rural area

Examples of backcountry in a Sentence

he took a month's supplies and headed out to the backcountry
Recent Examples on the Web Troopers recommended that anyone traveling in the backcountry carry avalanche safety gear, a communication device and appropriate clothing. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Apr. 2022 For impromptu trail picnics or extended lounging in the backcountry, Dometic’s new GO Camp Blanket is a dual-surface, multipurpose blanket that’s ready for just about anything. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 28 Apr. 2022 In the past couple of years, my backcountry excursions have gotten a bit more ambitious—both backpacking in the summer and ski touring in the winter. The Editors, Outside Online, 9 Mar. 2022 The pandemic only exacerbated the problem by bringing greater numbers of less experienced people into the backcountry. Krista Langlois, Outside Online, 25 Apr. 2022 The first one was a mule packing trip with some of the actors going miles into the backcountry. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Apr. 2022 Those looking to break a sweat while in Ventura might consider a visit to the Harmon Canyon Preserve, a 2,100-acre network of backcountry trails that opened in 2020 after years of work by the Ventura Land Trust. Rachel Schnalzer, Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2022 Once at the park, travelers will find forests, rugged shorelines, backcountry trails, and some 400 satellite islands to explore by boat. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 9 Feb. 2022 Many of the western mountain ranges have some sort of avalanche danger today, so be sure to check here before heading out, especially in the backcountry. Jennifer Gray, CNN, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of backcountry

1746, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2022

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“Backcountry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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