Lessons About Isolation and Change After a Year Spent in the Wilderness


My wife Amy and I spent a year in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, where weeks of isolation and social distancing were the norm. We didn’t cross a road, enter a building, or leave the wilderness for 366 days. We learned how to deal with isolation and major disruptions in our daily routine, which I believe can help others adjust and deal with the isolation and social distancing that the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic requires. Here are eight keys from that recent year in the wild for coping with the challenges at hand.

Develop a Routine

Routines are one of the best tools for adjusting to both isolation and disruptions to your normal rhythm. While the routine we developed of setting up and breaking down camp, gathering water, splitting firewood, and countless other tasks were quite different from life outside the wilderness,…

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