Southern African Wildlife College

Hiking for Rhinos – Jo Devenish’s Progress

Jo Devenish’s exciting expedition which began on the 27th of April is progressing well despite the many challenges faced on this daunting and arduous journey.

She is hiking the Scenic Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from the Mexican to the Canadian border, a distance of approximately 2600miles (4260kms). Jo is currently in the high Sierra Nevada Mountains and having an interesting & tough time with the snow, and deep creek crossings. See an account of Jo’s progress below:

17 Jun: At the Top of Forrester pass-13200 feet! Highest point PCT! 18 Jun: A huge day-Climb over Forrester Pass. Fabulous views, Scary steep climb, fun long bum glissades. Tons of snow and hiking over Kearsarge pass to Independence. 
22 Jun: Hello! A pretty hectic hiking day-Glen Pass steep snow steps up, steep snow plunge steps down, Deep waist deep creek crossings, Mile 799.2 22 Jun: A crazy day hiking big pass, big creek crossings, Scary! The sierras this year are not for the feint Hearted! All is good, will try and make Pinchot pass tomorrow, hiked 13 hours today. 
23 Jun: On mile 809 but very difficult hiking out here. Spectacular scenery over Pinchot Pass, over 4800F today. 
23 Jun: Having difficulties with river crossings and need updated information on river crossings north of Kings ford. (Mile 813-877). 
23 Jun: Had an early start to get up to Mather Pass hopefully will have firm snow to get some more miles. 
24 Jun: Big hellos! Mather Pass this a.m. very steep ice steps and high areas of steep rock scramble. Pretty Scary! Dropped 4000Ft into forest, flowers, bears, deer, waterfall, and eventually seeing the PCT without snow. I am on 828.5~13 Miles today. Creek crossings were kind to us, braided and easy, yet experiencing very steep mountains. 
26 Jun: Having a good day-Started in snow and dropped down 4000Ft to good old PCT Trail-20Miles! Will likely continue on the trail on my own after Mammoth. On detour to get around massive bear creek.

This incredible expedition is helping raise awareness on the plight of the rhino that continue to be killed for their horns. She is also aiming to raise funds to assist with anti- poaching training and in caring for orphaned rhinos to allow these animals to continue to survive despite all the odds. 

All monies raised and donated will go directly to two specified beneficiaries; the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) and the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC). 

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The Map above showcases Jo’s progress since she began her journey on 27 April 2017

Jo refreshing at one of the camping stops

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