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Cole, David N.; Hall, Troy E. 2008. The “adaptable human” phenomenon: implications for recreation management in high-use wilderness. In: Weber, Samantha, Harmon, David (eds.). Rethinking protected areas in a changing world. Proceedings of the 2007 George Wright Society Conference: 126-131.
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     This article posits that, related to their tolerance of heavy wilderness use, visitors can be classified into three groups. Purists seek solitude and have a hard time finding it. Another group simply does not care much about solitude or the number of people they meet. The third group are the “adapters”. They prefer solitude but readily adapt to situations where it is hard to find. Drawing on data from nine studies being conducted in the wilderness of Oregon and Washington, we conclude that the majority of wilderness users are “adapters.” The high coping capacity of most wilderness visitors explains lack of support for use limitations.