Hiker Trekking 501 Miles to Find Place for Power LineBy Rocky Thompson on April 21st, 2010
Adam Bradley set the record last year for completing the 2,655-mile Pacific Crest Trail in 65 days. So it seems almost pedestrian that he’s going to cover 501 miles in 15 days on a hike from Idaho to Las Vegas. What’s bizarre about his new trip is why he’s taking it. He’s going to walk along the Southwest Interie Project, which is a place power companies are thinking about routing a line that could harvest green energy. They admit that it’s going to mess up some animal habitat, but they say they’re trying to find the path of least resistance. I’m not sure how much time Bradley’s going to have to help plan the power line if he’s covering 33 miles per day. Sounds more like PR stunt, though I suppose I do consume electricity, and this initiative is trying to find the greenest way to get it around. Not only that, the entire project is based on transmitting energy culled from wind, geothermal and solar energy, so PR stunt or not, these seem to be the good guys.