In this rough cut, award-winning adventure cinematographer Ed George captures some of wilderness ultra-trekker John Davis’s 5,000-mile human-powered journey from Sonora, Mexico to British Columbia through the Western Wildway. Photo: Kim Vacariu
An encore post from Wildways Trekker, John Davis, who continued his wilderness trekking in October 2014, exploring the far reaches of the Grand Canyon Watershed with friends from Grand Canyon Wildlands Council. Photo: Kristen M. Caldon
This is the final part in a four-part series about John Davis’ trek around the Mogollon Rim in Arizona. “In my hurry to begin this hike, I’d failed to pack enough food; and water was ever hard to find. So, by two-thirds the way to Mogollon Rim, I was feeling weak with hunger and thirst.” Photo: U.S. Forest Service, Coconino National Forest
This is the third part in a four-part series about John Davis’ trek around the Mogollon Rim in Arizona. “These are the three big factors that make the Mogollon Plateau dangerous as a wildlife corridor. On the third day of my little scouting trip, this dubious threesome made me glad I had only two legs, else I suspect I’d have been shot.” Photo: U.S. Forest Service, Coconino National Forest
This is the second part in a four-part series about John Davis’ trek around the Mogollon Rim in Arizona. “I was camped on one of these seasonal shallow ponds, fringed with marsh, Vail “Lake”, when I was awakened at about 3 a.m. by piercingly bright lights.”
This is the first part in a four-part series about John Davis’ trek around the Mogollon Rim in Arizona. “In TrekWest, we followed the Mogollon Plateau and Rim much of the way between the Gila wildlands complex in southwest New Mexico and the Grand Canyon wildlands complex in northern Arizona. So important is this wildlife corridor that after the trek, Wildlands Network and partners placed it on our list of Top 20 wildlife connections in the Western Wildway.”
This is the third installment in a three-part series about the second PaseoWILD expedition in September 2015. “Day 5: Habitat remained safe for a roaming cougar, as we advanced up Shinumo Creek, though prey was not abundantly evident. We saw no clear cougar tracks but a perfect cast of a bobcat track in dried mud enhanced the feline atmosphere, along with the occasional sign of bighorn sheep, rodents, and a ring-tailed “cat” (really, raccoon family) or two.” Photo: Kristen M. Caldon
This is the second installment in a three-part series about the second PaseoWILD expedition in September 2015. “Day 3: As we resumed waiting on the beach, Kristen espied sheep. Through binoculars, we watched four bighorn sheep, a big ram leading three ewes to water then back up into the safety (for these agile beasts!) of steep rocks.” Photo: Kristen M. Caldon
This is the first installment in a three-part series about the second PaseoWILD expedition in September 2015. “Paseo Wild II began safely enough for us but nervously for wildlife. Kahtoola founder Danny Giovale drove carefully, so we were fortunate to see—but not hit—many mule deer, a coyote, bluebirds, jays, and a northern harrier hawk…” Photo: Robin Silver
Take a sneak peek at Born to Rewild: Trekking the Western Wildway, the film documenting the amazing 5,000-mile, human-powered (bike, hike, horseback and paddle) expedition of outdoor adventurer and conservationist John Davis along a landscape that runs from Mexico to Canada, fraught with barriers yet also being miraculously stitched back together.
We made it, friends! We traversed the Western Wildway: 5,000 miles with no major mishap or injury. If we can get a middle-aged, technologically challenged hiker with an ungodly appetite safely from Mexico to Canada, missing no public events and losing only 15 pounds, we can get a lineage of Gray Wolves or Grizzly Bears or Cougars the same distance. Photo: Karsten Heuer
TrekWest is has been accomplished. I am heading south by storm and vehicle in time for my friend’s wedding (Kenyon Fields is the lucky guy seen in previous blogs), but rest assured, I have much to share, and there will be a final blog forthcoming. Until then, please enjoy this blog from our gracious and passionate partner in conservation, Wendy Francis, Program Director, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. Photo: Karsten Heuer
Stop by stop, we have begun the task of building a community of support for protecting and connecting a Western Wildway. As TrekWest draws to its finale, please enjoy this guest blog from Wildlands Network’s new Executive Director, Greg Costello.
As I am again far from contact entering Glacier National Park, please enjoy the following submission from Lance Craighead, Executive Director of Craighead Institute.
As the closing weeks of TrekWest find me further out and further out of reach than has been the case thus far, colleagues have offered to blog in my stead. Please enjoy the following submission from Rocky Mountain Wild’s Paige Singer.