Statement of Purpose and Intent

On March 12th, 2011 I began a 400 mile trek along the Arizona-Mexico border from Agua Prieta to San Luis Rio Colorado, an adventure with a purpose I am calling BorderVenture.

Through BorderVenture I hope to raise awareness of border issues, expose exaggeration of border violence, combat the racial profiling, discrimination, and often outright racism that seems prevalent of late, and to record and recount personal stories of people living near or trying to cross the border. I will record my experiences and stories in this blog, and hope to have them further covered by supportive media, organizations, and other websites and blogs. I plan to aggressively publish my experiences through media outlets, interested groups, the Internet, and through whatever other avenues I am able. I will write tirelessly and advocate my findings to all who will listen, publish, and share them.

About Me

My name is Evan Reimondo and I am currently a Master's student in Environmental Sciences and Policy at Northern Arizona University.  I moved to Flagstaff, Arizona approximately two years ago for school and have since become enamored with the people and communities here and throughout Arizona. BorderVenture represents my attempt to give back to the people and communities I care about.  It is my adventure with a purpose.

I am an experienced outdoorsman, hiker, and ultrarunner.  I recognize that traveling through the desert along the U.S.-Mexico border represents a significant challenge.  It will certainly test my physical abilities, stamina, determination, and conviction, but I am confident (but not overconfident) in my ability to complete the BorderVenture safely and successfully.