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Publikationstyp: Beitrag in wissenschaftlicher Zeitschrift
Art der Begutachtung: Peer review (Publikation)
Titel: Does perceived crowding cause winter backcountry recreationists to displace?
Autor/-in: Rupf, Reto
Haegeli, Pascal
Karlen, Barbara
Wyttenbach, Martin
et. al: No
DOI: 10.21256/zhaw-3178
10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-18-00009.1
Erschienen in: Mountain Research and Development
Band(Heft): 39
Heft: 1
Seiten: R60
Seiten bis: R70
Erscheinungsdatum: Dez-2018
Verlag / Hrsg. Institution: International Mountain Society
ISSN: 0276-4741
Sprache: Englisch
Schlagwörter: Backcountry sports; Outdoor recreation; Skiing; Snowshoeing; Motivation; Perceived crowding; Social carrying capacity; Wildlife; Switzerland
Fachgebiet (DDC): 700: Künste und Unterhaltung
Zusammenfassung: Winter backcountry sports such as skiing and snowshoeing have experienced a tremendous increase in popularity in recent decades in the European Alps. Recreationists commonly encounter other recreationists on their route. Because enjoying solitude and being close to nature are important motivations for pursing winter backcountry activities, crowding on back country routes is highly likely to diminish recreational experiences, with potential consequences for nature and recreationists. This study explored perceptions of and responses to crowding among Swiss backcountry skiers and snowshoers, using an online survey that asked about their motivations for pursing their activity and gauged their perception of crowding using the ‘‘people at one time’’ approach. Each of the 830 participants rated 4 scenarios on a 9-point Likert scale ranging from ‘‘far too few people’’ to ‘‘far too many people’’ and answered follow-up questions about potential displacement choices in response to perceived crowding. Participants rarely perceived backcountry routes as having too few people but often perceived them as crowded. We found only minor differences in perceptions of crowding among participants pursuing different activities or those with different motivations. The most common reaction to perceived crowding was to avoid the route in the future, and the next most common was to adjust a route to avoid the crowd on the day in question. This indicates that crowding is likely to lead to short- and long-term spatial displacement of winter backcountry sport activities. This is likely to have a negative impact on wildlife—as well as on backcountry recreationists’ safety, because they might inadvertently enter avalanche-prone areas.
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/17441
Volltext Version: Publizierte Version
Lizenz (gemäss Verlagsvertrag): CC BY 4.0: Namensnennung 4.0 International
Departement: Life Sciences und Facility Management
Organisationseinheit: Institut für Umwelt und Natürliche Ressourcen (IUNR)
Enthalten in den Sammlungen:Publikationen Life Sciences und Facility Management

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