The Great Bear Wilderness is a part of the second largest contiguous protected Wilderness area in the Lower 48: the beloved Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Given the highest form of government protection, Wilderness areas are special places because they are home to vast tracts of untamed forests and grasslands, pristine wildlife habitat and the darkest night time skies you can find anywhere in the country. There are no roads, no machines and no other form of transportation than your own two feet your horse’s four hooves.
When Wilderness areas were first designated in the 1964 Wilderness Act, they were defined as: “an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man”. In this description and in the Wilderness itself, the word untrammeled stands out to me; it means “to be completely free and unrestricted; to run free”.
A couple weeks ago in the Wilderness, I witnessed several strong, brave women summit a massive mountain (most of us for the first time!) who were beautifully, completely untrammeled. We were free from phones and emails. We were free from boy problems (WHEW). We were free from the “real world”. And, as each one of us crested the summit (whoop whoop!), we became free from the fears and inhibitions that arise when you have a long way to go until you reach the top.
This summer, free yourself from what is tying you down, stressing you out, or holding you back. Take a walk in the Wilderness (hopefully with a group of kick-butt ladies!) and remember to run free.
Post by Grete Gansauer, Outsiety Member