This spring, Kat Cannell, MJ Wright, and Katelyn Spradley set out on horseback to follow a salmon’s upstream battle from the mouth of the Columbia River to central Idaho’s Redfish Lake. The young trio, who all grew up on horses and now work and guide in the outdoors, planned the 900-plus-mile trip to learn about the waterways, animals, and stakeholders involved in a salmon’s journey to spawn.
After riding across public land, along highways, and through the city streets of Portland, the team and their seven horses arrived at Redfish Lake on June 9. Here, photographer John Webster, who followed the women for much of the time, shares a few images from their ride.
Photo: Spradley, 27, and Cannell, 26, started the expedition on the beaches of Astoria, Oregon. Wright, 23, met them in Portland due to a prior engagement. For the bulk of their ride, the women had seven horses, one of which was on rotating rest and the others were used for riding and carrying gear.