I thought about this discussion in class in the context of my outdoor experiences. I had always thought of canoeing and camping and to be “low impact” activities on the environment, however when thought about in a larger context, they probably do affect plant and animal life.
But, if human presence means that it isnt “wilderness” anymore, then humans cant really experience wilderness at all.
I know to me it sure seems like wilderness paddling down a creek or camping in the woods, but really is it?
I think it depends on the extent of the human activity in the area, and the density of the people, but that is just my opinion.
It could be that I am just reluctant to admit that just by being there I am messing it up somehow.
I guess wilderness must be a more relative idea than I realized in the past.
Our personal definitions probably depend on how “deep” into the wilderness we’ve gone before.