Solitude for the Multitudes

Managing Recreational Use in the Wilderness
  • George H. Stankey
Part of the Human Behavior and Environment book series (HUBE, volume 10)


Wilderness evokes many impressions—pristine nature, spectacular scenery, wildlife in its natural habitat. And solitude. A solitary backpacker silhouetted along a mountain ridgeline exemplifies the image of wilderness as a setting of solitude, where one is alone in the midst of primitive natural conditions. The imagery is backed by law: the 1964 Wilderness Act, the legal foundation for the protection and management of wilderness, states that such areas will have “outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation.” Indeed, Lucas (1985) reports that 85% of the wilderness vis itors he surveyed rated “to experience solitude” as an important wilderness appeal.


Outdoor Recreation Voluntary Attention Salient Motive Range Experiment Station Wilderness Quality 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • George H. Stankey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Leisure StudiesKuring-gai College of Advanced EducationLindfieldAustralia

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