Are there statistical studies that support these categorizations?  Such studies would develop a number for person days involved in the activity and the number of incidents generated during that activity, allowing computation of frequency.

I am not sure your categories are mutually exclusive. I, and many others, have often day hiked in wilderness areas, which are not always remote and difficult to reach.  A lotof my trips include both on trail and off trail travel, in and out of wilderness areas.  For that matter, what wilderness are we considering - the officially designated wilderness areas or something else?

Another issue with day hikers is that many folks on the trail are not hiking, per se.  They are looking for  party or picnic spots just out of reach. Often drugs or alcohol are involved,hence problems develop.


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