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Last fall, Wyoming environmental activist Bruce Hayse and friends set out to explore one of the world's last true wildernesses (see photos from the expedition). Africa's Haut Chinko region is so remote, potentially dangerous, and, in many respects, god-awful, that nobody knows if there's anything else in there besides game poachers and tsetse flies. Hayse's group went in to see for themselves, take their punishment, and start the process of helping preserve it.

Was it real exploration—or just an adventure? Mike Finkel's terrific account of the expedition ("Crazy in the Congo," page 120) captures the fine line between pointlessness and purpose. However improvisational and seat-of-the-pants their little undertaking turned out to be, I come down on the side of the worthwhile. Places like the Chinko are important to the world.

Let's talk about what we can do to help.

—John Rasmus
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