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5,250-mile trek calls attention to wildlife corridors

John Davis finished his TrekWest in Fernie, British Columbia, on Sept. 29, 2013, ending a 5,250-mile journey of 8 months using hiking, biking and paddling to promote wildlife corridors across the West. (Karsten Heuer)
John Davis finished his TrekWest in Fernie, British Columbia, on Sept. 29, 2013, ending a 5,250-mile journey of 8 months using hiking, biking and paddling to promote wildlife corridors across the West. (Karsten Heuer)

CONSERVATION  –  Adventurer John Davis biked into Fernie, British Columbia, this week, wrapping up TrekWest, an eight-month, 5,250-mile hike/bike/paddle journey  to raise awareness for protecting wildlife corridors.

He lectured along the way, promoting what he calls the Western Wildway that needs to be protected and connected much as his trip was through Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and British Columbia.

Threats to habitat connectivity range from the U.S.-Mexico border wall to interstate highways and vast expanses of overgrazed public land, he said.

Davis’s TrekWest travel stats:

  • Horseback-200 miles; hiking-3,500 miles; biking-1,100 miles; raft/paddle-200 miles.
  • Tent nights-200.
  • Presentations–23 to 1,700 people
  • Media-50 published stories;15 radio/TV interviews.
  • Co-trekkers-120.
  • Peaks over 8,000 feet bagged-35; Fourteeners bagged-3.
  • Shoes worn out-three pairs.
  • Pounds of peanut butter eaten-60.



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