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National Geographic Young Explorer Jay Simpson is part of the Wolf OR-7 Expedition, a 1,200-mile adventure in the tracks of a lone wolf beginning May 2014. Using an estimated GPS track of the lone Wolf OR-7, they’ll have 42 days to mountain bike and hike across Oregon and Northern California. Their aim is to educate and share the story of a real wolf, dispelling myths and misinformation through educational products and presentations. Visit or7expedition.org or Facebook.com/or7expedition for more.

Jay's previously walked over 400 miles in the mountains of South Africa, completing the first trek of the entire Rim of Africa Mountain Trail, to help educate South African youth on the Cape Floristic Region and conservation through the story of creating Africa’s first Mega-Trail. More at Rim of Africa Multimedia Trail Journal.

Video Time Lapse of 1,200 Miles in the Tracks of a Wolf

Before watching this video, take a moment to think about Wolf OR-7′s 2011 dispersal across Oregon and Northern California. In your mind, what do you see? Do you think of a map, maybe with lines or data on it?

Wolf OR-7’s Journey in Photos From the Forest Floor

During the days we spent walking Wolf OR-7’s dispersal route, I found myself endlessly fascinated watching the landscape transform. As I walked, I photographed items from Oregon and California’s forest floor—it’s like seeing 1,200 miles through a straw.

Wolf OR-7 Expedition Launches With News That Famous Lone Wolf Is Joined by Mate

We couldn’t have more exciting news at the launch of our expedition—the famous wandering lone wolf is alone no more—as we begin our journey across Oregon and Northern California. It provides a whole new list of questions to carry with us as we begin our journey by trekking into the Eagle Cap Wilderness of the Wallowa mountains.

Trekking in the Footsteps of a Lone Wolf for Coexistence

In late 2011, a lone wolf walked across Oregon and entered California, becoming the first wild wolf in the state in nearly 90 years.

He was called a hero, a killing-machine, a rogue, a beacon of hope, a foreign invader from Canada, and school children named him Journey. No matter his name, he came to represent the return of wolves to their historic rangelands in the American Pacific Northwest.

Awake, Inner Wild Self!

Lessons are learned while walking. When we forget previous truths we are sent (up) reminders. And if there were was anything to be learned hiking up this mountain, it was to awaken the inner wild side and “be less sheepish!”

Wolf Tracks Found on Mt. Hood, First Since 1947

Oregon wolf and wildlife advocates celebrated yesterday with confirmation of wolf tracks found on the eastern foothills of Oregon’s Mt. Hood. This is the first sign of a wolf in the Cascades Range since the famous Wolf OR-7 made headlines for visiting in 2011. Details of the December wolf-track spotting comes from Oregon Fish and Wildlife’s recently released 2013 Annual Report for Wolf Conservation and Management, among other indications of a recovering wolf population.

Audio Story: To Walk Into the Storm

(Audio Story) “You are privileged to walk this.” It’s amazing how such a simple statement ripped me apart. Give me rain, wind, and hail — I’ll persist! But what happens when I can’t answer why I persist?

As a National Geographic Young Explorer, Jay walked over 400 miles in the mountains of South Africa, completing the first trek of the entire Rim of Africa Mountain Trail, to help educate South African youth on the Cape Floristic Region and conservation through the story of creating Africa’s first Mega-Trail.

Sounds and Sights of a Midday Oasis on the Rim of Africa

Take a break under the oak trees on the Rim of Africa Mountain Trail with an interactive panorama and audio recording.

An Explorer’s Top 5 iPhone Apps for Adventure

National Geographic Young Explorer Jay Simpson shares his Top 5 iPhone Apps for Adventure— what are yours?