Insider Tips

Whether you’re a wilderness pro or just embarking on your first adventure, you probably care about wild places.

Learn some insider tips on how to enjoy and protect wilderness.

Planning ahead

Before you venture into wilderness, prepare yourself with some knowledge. Our planning ahead tips will help you learn all you need to know – from finding the right gear to understanding outdoor ethics.

Things to do

Whether you want to find the best place for your favorite outdoor recreation, or explore new activities, check out our Things to Do tips. They will help you enjoy wilderness to the fullest - while protecting the wild places you love.

Wilderness lingo

Become a true insider by learning what terms like “mandal,” “slackpack” and “peak bagging” mean.

  • Michael Reinemer

    Citing some of “the most beautiful and iconic landscapes on earth” in Teton County’s backyard, the board of commissioners Tuesday morning unanimously passed a resolution that “opposes any and all efforts by the State of Wyoming to obtain the wholesale transfer of federal lands in Wyoming” to the state. In January, Sweetwater County filed a letter with the state legislature stating similar opposition to measures that would turn over federal public lands—such as parks, wilderness, and national forests—to state jurisdiction and management.

  • Tim Woody

    In spite of Royal Dutch Shell’s disastrous performance during the 2012 Arctic Ocean drilling season, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today conditionally approved the company’s 2015 exploration plan, which provides even fewer safeguards for the Chukchi Sea and its sensitive coastline than Shell had in place three years ago. Shell also plans to bring a different rig operated by a new contractor to the Arctic Ocean in 2015, which could result in unexpected transport and drilling problems.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The Wilderness Society strongly supports bipartisan legislation, the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2015 (S. 235, H.R. 167), to fix a budgetary problem called “fire borrowing.”  This is a destructive cycle in which the Forest Service is forced to take funds from other forest programs when its allotted wildfire funds are used up, essentially robbing Peter to pay Paul to put out fires in our national forests.