Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.
—John Muir, Our National Parks, 1901
The majority of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is designated wilderness and I consider myself lucky to have explored even a tiny portion for my job. There’s really nothing quite like being in the middle of nowhere, 32 miles into the wilderness with no one in front of you and no one behind for days on end. And then, while recording a lithic scatter, the trail suddenly becomes the most popular place on the planet, with tons of hikers trying for their own wilderness experience.