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 While avalanches are common in the backcountry, Meyers said ski fatalities are extremely rare in California’s far north — the massive geographic area encompassing Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, "Backcountry skier dies in avalanche in California's far north," 5 Feb. 2021 In the following weeks, skiers and snowboarders with nowhere else to go were increasingly lured by the untouched powder of the backcountry. Thomas Peipert, ajc, "Safety issues mount as skiers hit backcountry in pandemic," 2 Jan. 2021 Add in the ability to take it into steep terrain with dense trees and suddenly a lot more of the backcountry is open to you. Brent Rose, Popular Mechanics, "Here’s What You Should Know About Snow Bikes," 23 Dec. 2020 The deaths of three people in two Colorado avalanches since Friday have experts warning those headed to the mountainous backcountry to be careful and pay attention to forecasts. NBC News, "Three Colorado avalanche deaths prompt warnings about backcountry," 22 Dec. 2020 Farther, longer, deeper into the back of the beyond—that’s the aspiration of backcountry hunters, anglers, and explorers. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The Backcountry Hunting and Fishing Gifts Guide," 24 Nov. 2020 In the past month, Kerbavaz has made multiple visits to the backcountry of the Santa Cruz Mountains and into the adjoining Butano, Portola Redwoods and Big Basin Redwoods state parks. Tom Stienstra,, "Some of Big Basin's most stunning waterfall trails were scorched by fire and may not reopen for a while," 27 Oct. 2020 For starters, because it’s there — a reason that has called many outdoor adventurers into the backcountry. Emily Mesner, Anchorage Daily News, "‘It felt like I was the first person to step on Mars’: Anchorage free divers plunge into icy Rabbit Lake," 21 Jan. 2021 Nearly a century later, backcountry skiing has moved from the fringe to the mainstream. David Goodman,, "More skiers heading out in search of wild snow," 14 Jan. 2021

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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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22 Feb 2021

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“Backcountry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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