February 26, 2001 |
Hall Newbegin and his 50-pound backpack had a little 68-mile walk through the wilderness to reach this desert badland. No big deal for the 33-year-old, single Berkeley resident, who, with an environmental group called Desert Survivors, takes this sort of trip every so often as a getaway treat. This way, though, the trek wasn't just for fun. On this trip, Desert Survivors was marking the first complete phase of a long-term project--a border-to-border Desert Trail from Mexico to Canada. Since Feb.