Backcountry Virtues: a Guide to Flourishing

Synopsis: As a moral philosopher and backcountry enthusiast, I’m ultimately concerned not only with getting out into the backcountry, but also about what it means to flourish in the backcountry—and I’m not just talking about “being stoked” at riding gnarly lines or a great powder day, but truly living the kind of life worth living and embodying those character traits that enable such flourishing. If we’re honest with ourselves, the happiest days in the backcountry are not the ones spent alone, but the ones shared in community with others. And if we want our backcountry experience to be more than a fleeting stoke, we’ve got be the type of partners that over time exemplify human virtues such as courage, prudence, wisdom, generosity, humility, and patience. In the end, practicing and embodying these virtues will make our time in the backcountry more than simply a collection of fleeing moments of joy, but will lead to a life well-lived. True friendships will be born, legacies created, and we’ll generally find an abiding happiness that transcends “being stoked.”



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 PhD. Dissertation:

“John Duns Scotus’ Metaphysics of Goodness: Adventures in 13th Century Metaethics,” The University of South Florida.



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