I have recently found myself saying: “I am only limited by my imagination,” and it’s true! I have an incredible opportunity at ONDA to dream big and then make it happen. This past weekend we celebrated 10 years of a wilderness area that ONDA was pivotal in helping to designate, the Oregon Badlands Wilderness. Over the past two years I’ve led some trail work trips with volunteers to help build some new trail…new trail that helped to link together other existing trails…and that work helped to create a 50.1 mile network of trails in the Badlands (9 of which are along the Oregon Desert Trail).

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Then I had the idea of creating a challenge to hike all 50.1 miles. Turns out there wasn’t a map with all the trails and mileages, so I made one. And now it’s live!

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The Badlands Challenge: hike all 50.1 miles in the wilderness; write a desert hike-u (haiku) and identify three new species (new to you!). Read all about it here.