Wilderness is ultimately a state of mind, and yet, without the physical wilderness of virgin forests, pristine rivers, diverse ecosystems of flora and fauna roaming across peaks, valleys, and meadows, the richness of our human experience would be cheapened and threatened due to planetary degradation. Why do monks and nuns still seek out remote places in the mountains to cultivate spiritual awareness? It is not merely for the quietude, but for the totality of existence laid bare. As a backpacker, the rigors and dangers of mountain travel make me keenly aware that my body is fragile, mortal, perishable. And yet the innate clarity of mind is awakened while walking miles across remote terrain, at one with the inner and outer landscape.