Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to me and The Backcountry has a few fundamental principles that I follow:

  • I don’t ask you for personal information.
  • I don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law or protect our rights.
  • I don’t store personal information on our server unless required for the on-going operation of our site.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, The Backcountry website collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. The Backcountry’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how The Backcountry’s visitors use its website. From time to time, The Backcountry may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to The Backcountry website choose to interact with The Backcountry website in ways that require The Backcountry to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that The Backcountry gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, I ask visitors who contact me via our Contact Form to provide a name and email address. The Backcountry collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with The Backcountry. The Backcountry does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

The Backcountry may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, The Backcountry may monitor the most popular pages on the site or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. The Backcountry does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. The Backcountry uses cookies to help The Backcountry identify and track visitors, their usage of The Backcountry website, and their website access preferences. The Backcountry visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using The Backcountry’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of The Backcountry’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.


Where appropriate The Backcountry provides links to third party web sites operated by individuals or companies unrelated to The Backcountry. These links are for information and convenience, and do not indicate endorsement of the third party (or any of its products or services), or any official or formal relationship with such third parties, unless specifically stated. I cannot guarantee these third party sites, and you access them at your own risk. I am not responsible for the privacy practices of such third-party web sites, and I recommend that you review the privacy policies posted on such third party web sites prior to utilizing them.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, The Backcountry may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in The Backcountry’s sole discretion. The Backcountry encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.