Tom Wharton: A fat man’s defense of wilderness

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Tom Wharton: A fat man’s defense of wilderness

By Tom Wharton The Salt Lake TribuneUpdated Feb 16, 2011 03:30PM MDT

I am 60 years old, overweight, have a bad ankle, spent over 21 years serving my country in the Utah National Guard and can use my wife’s high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle any time I’m in the mood for an adventure. Those bits of information should make me a prime candidate to hate wilderness designation in Utah. Since hiking or riding a horse into roadless country isn’t a viable option for me these days, don’t I have as much right to enjoy public lands as a young backpacker? Why can’t I dr...
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