Researching how hikers work together with scientists to cover unknown and difficult terrain
Citizen science in the backpack
Text and drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org
The freelance writer Enrique Gili writes in an article for Rei.com (link to article) about a 22 year young hiker walking on the Appalachian trail back in 2004. A hiker who grew more and more frustrated, wondering about how he could combine being outdoors with making a difference
Gregg Treinish as the now not so young hiker is named, finished his Appalachian trail 2174 miles through-hike, and continued among other adventures to hike 22 months, 7188 miles along the spine of the Andes Mountains in 2008.
And Gregg also succeeded in putting his thought from back in 2004 into action when he started AdventureScientists in 2011, to help connect scientists and outdoor explorers in joint scientific research
The work for conservation facilitated by AdventureScientists.org can now count the participation of more than 1000 explorers that have added over 25.000 days of scientific researc in fields so diverse as understanding the impact of microplast, to monitoring endangered wildlife, illegal foresting and to GPS and collect data about roadkills, so the road builders can place green corridors in the right places.