Justin Lichter is an avid adventurer who has hiked over 35,000 miles since 2002. His expeditions include hiking the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, across Iceland, over 2,100 miles across the Himalayas, and 1,800 miles in Africa. His most recent adventure took him to Copper Canyon in Mexico where he collected data for ASC. For more information you can view his website at www.justinlichter.com.
After three and a half weeks and roughly 400 miles of hiking through remote canyons in northern Mexico, we were three days from the end of the hike. The goal was to link all six of the major canyons in a traverse of the Copper Canyon region. On high alert we descended into the Sinforosa Canyon, one of the deepest and most scenic of the entire region. Throughout the trip we had been stumbling upon drug fields on virtually all of the farmable land, though I wouldn’t consider the terrain remotely farmable. With miles of rocky soil and 30-50% slopes without roads you wouldn't think anyone would bother growing anything, but that’s exactly what they are doing. As we come upon these fields we start hollering “Hola! Buenos dias!” repeatedly so we don’t surprise anybody.