What is wilderness? Another Escape follows this questions in its rebranded and redesigned new volume. Maybe it’s the raw, untameable nature found in rugged expanses of remote regions, or sprawling landscapes abundant in wildlife and unhindered by the man-made intrusions. It may be our cabins in the woods, or even found within the confines of our back gardens. Or perhaps it is something much deeper: that exhilarating and intangible sense of being unbound from our modern constructs, tied instead to our environment and at the mercy of the natural world.
The new volume reflects on how perceptions of wilderness evolve and change – how wilderness has been feared, conquered, and revered. It contemplates how we may embrace our wilder selves and become more in tune with nature. It discovers how creativity and collective vision can create positive change, and how wildlands can inspire and enliven us. It explores spaces shared with other species, and thinks about how we may offer environmental stewardship and protect our last remaining wild places.
The Wilderness Volume content ranges from stories about a cabin builder in the Pacific Northwest, to a digital nomad favouring the forest over bricks and mortar, to mule packing into the wilderness of Montana, to a printmaker who draws inspiration from her woodland surrounds and her deep connection to nature to create work. We have an essay about the problems and necessities of separating humans from wilderness, an article about authentic ways to reconnect with our innate sensibilities and feel inherently more wild, and a long read that investigates just how untouched our wild places actually are and how palaeoecology holds the key to finding out. Our travel section is focussed on the the wilds of Romania and the country’s ancient forests that teem with wildlife and sprawl over the mountainous terrain of the Carpathian Mountains. This incredible wilderness stronghold and its unique dynamic with human activity is a rarity for our heavily developed continent, and it is because of this that we wanted to share and celebrate some of the amazing stories of passion, preservation and conservation from this wild and bosky country. To create them, we teamed up with the Association of Ecotourism in Romania (AER), an organisation doing groundbreaking work to bring together the public and the private sector in a partnership for nature conservation and sustainable tourism development in Romania.