Date: August 31–September 3, 2012
A four-day/three-night backpack looking for wildMexican lobos in the heart of the Gila Wilderness. We could not have a better guide; Dave Parsons led the wolf reintroduction project for U.S. Fish and Wildlife in the nineties. No one knows more about wild Mexican wolves or has done more for them than Dave. A truly unique opportunity to spend time with a wilderness hero, in the place he knows and loves like no other. We will be looking for wolves, but we will be there to enjoy the natural beauty as well. The aftermath of fires that burned in 2011 will be within day-hiking distance of our camp—a possible side trip that will allow us to observe how fires burn in mature Ponderosa pine forests.
The place: Gila Wilderness, America’s first wilderness. The Gila has exceptionally diverse habitats; this can lead to rich wildlife viewing experiences.
Meals: Saturday night dinner will be provided by NM Wild. All other meals are your responsibility.
Maximum participants: 10
Distance: 7 miles to set up base camp and another 20 (optional) on day hikes exploring the wilderness
Note: For this exclusive trip, horses will transport your backpacking gear to base camp so you can enjoy hiking with only a daypack. You must be self-sufficient and provide your own food, water, and shelter. We will camp near water, so you will only need enough water for the hike in. There will be a 60 pound per-person limit for transported gear.