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.

BorderVenture Google Earth Route

Trip Itinerary
Leg 1: Agua Prieta/Douglas to Naco
-Depart Agua Prieta 3/12, arrive in Naco 3/12
-approx. 23 miles, 1400ft vertical, on US Border road
Leg 2:  Naco to Camp 1
-Depart Naco 3/13, arrive in camp 3/13
-approx. 32 miles, 4100ft vertical, on US Border road
Leg 3:  Camp 1 to Nogales
-Depart Camp 1 3/14, arrive in Nogales 3/14
-approx 26 miles, 5200ft vertical, on US Border road
-------Potential rest day in Nogales if necessary
Leg 4:  Nogales to Sasabe
-Depart Nogales 3/15? arrive at Camp 2 3/15?
-approx 20 miles, approx 5000ft vertical, off trail bushwhacking, likely in Mexico
-Depart Camp 2 3/16? arrive at Sasabe 3/16?
-approx 20 miles, approx 5000ft vertical, off-trail bushwhacking, likely in Mexico
-------Potential rest day in Sasabe if necessary
Legs 5 and 6:  Sasabe to Sonoyta/Lukeville
-Depart Sasabe 3/17?, arrive at Camp 3 3/17?
-Approx 30 miles, US Border road
-Depart Camp 3 3/18?, arrive Camp 4/Ali Chuk (AZ town) 3/18?
-Approx 30 miles, US Border road
-Depart Camp 4/Ali Chuk 3/19?, arrive Sonoyta/Lukeville 3/19?
-approx. 20 miles, US Border road
Leg 7:  Sonoyta to Camp 5
-Depart Sonoyta 3/20?, arrive Camp 5 near highway 3/20?
-approx. 33 miles, 550ft vertical, highway for half, off trail bushwhack for half
Leg 8:  Camp 5 to Camp 6
-Depart Camp 5 3/21?, arrive Camp 6 near highway 3/21?
-approx 35 miles, 2300 vertical, potential US Border road
Leg 9:  Camp 6 to Camp 7
-Depart Camp 6 3/22?, arrive Camp 7 3/22?
-approx. 30 miles, 1900 vertical, half off-trail bushwhack, half highway
Leg 10:  Camp 7 to Camp 8
-Depart Camp 7 3/23?, arrive Camp 8 3/23?
-approx 31 miles, along roadside
Leg 11:  Camp 8 to Yuma
-Depart Camp 8 3/24?, arrive in Yuma 3/24?, DONE!
-Approx 30 miles, along roadside
--------------Plus or Minus 3 days if rest days needed