Zach Altman, Anthony Pavkovich, and David Laufenberg make their way over 250 miles by foot traversing the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Starting in Bozeman MT, the team traversed the GYE in seven days ultimately ending in Red Lodge MT.
The team starting to feel the toll of the trip. But, knowing it was for a cause each day they laced up their tattered shoes and pressed on. The team embarked on this journey to celebrate the wonderful public lands in their backyard. By showcasing the scale and beauty of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, they fought to help ensure its continued existence
The GYE is the largest relatively intact swath of wild country remaining in the contiguous United States. It is a 20-million-acre mosaic of land, which is largely publicly owned.
Zach suffered incredible hardship for the majority of the trip. Foot issues plagued his days and nights.
For the past several years, a Canada-based mining company, Lucky Minerals, has been working to open a gold mine in Emigrant Gulch, a tributary of the Yellowstone River. And in July 2017, despite widespread opposition from local communities and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition (GYC), the Montana Department of Environmental Quality approved Lucky Mineral’s exploratory drilling project, a significant step in the development of the mine.
This is what running 250 miles in seven days looks like. The full story about what it took to traverse the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem can be found in issue 123 of Trail Runner Magazine.