Rally for Rangers


Protecting the planets most critical and pristine resources one ranger and one motorcycle at a time.


Rally for Rangers isn’t just a ride, it’s a movement. Park Rangers around the world, most of them with a bare minimum of support and equipment, are working tirelessly to protect globally significant landscapes and resources. They cover hundreds and thousands of square kilometers of terrain on foot, horseback, camel, elephant, reindeer (yes  reindeer), and, when possible, motorcycle. Unfortunately, most of the motorcycles in use protecting park lands are outdated, unreliable, and improper for the tasks at hand. This is how and why Rally for Rangers began.

In 2013, former U.S. National Park Ranger Robert McIntosh was working with the Mongol Ecology Center as a volunteer assisting managers at Lake Hovsgol National Park in Mongolia. “Mac”; as he is known to his friends and colleagues, was meeting with the chief ranger at Lake Hovsgol about park planning when a call came in regarding illegal camping on park lands nearby. Mac watched helplessly as the chief ranger hopped on his motorcycle only to have it break down. This happened routinely, that the rangers could not pursue or keep up with illegal poachers, miners, campers and other spoilers of the park. Mac had seen enough. He told his Mongolian colleague that he would take it upon himself to buy a new motorcycle, ride it across Mongolia and deliver it to his friend and colleague so he could adequately perform his job. Upon returning to the States Mac related this story, asked “who’s in?” and to date 35 new Yamaha motorcycles have been delivered by 35 intrepid riders and planet loving souls.

What about YOU? ARE YOU IN? Join us in continuing the movement! Improve the protection of our planet, enhance the lives and safety of dedicated park rangers, and have the adventure of a lifetime in the process.

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TOM MEDEMA

Tom Medema is a veteran of both Rally for Ranger efforts in Mongolia – 2014 and 2015. As a Park Ranger and avid motorcycle enthusiast he was quick to join this effort which brought together two of his passions – protecting national parks around the world and riding. Tom assumed a leadership role in the first two rallies and has been a key leader in getting the new Rally for Rangers Foundation established.

He developed a passion for national parks at a young age on family vacations throughout the American west. This passion turned into a career as a park ranger spanning over 25 years. He is equally passionate about national parks and public lands around the world and has worked with parks and monuments in Asia, South America, and Europe as a subject matter expert in the field of interpretation and education. The opportunity to support the development of relatively new national parks in Mongolia is an opportunity he is excited and humbled to be a part of.

Tom is a sports and outdoor enthusiast, spending much of his free time at his teenage kids volleyball, soccer, and alpine skiing events. Tom also loves two wheeled travel by mountain bike, road bike, and motorbike. Over the past 20 years he has owned Harley-Davidson and BMW bikes and has done most of his offroad training on a borrowed KLR 400 on the back roads of the Sierra Nevada foothills in preparation for these epic and compelling adventures. Tom is excited at the possibility of expanding the Rallies throughout Mongolia and into other countries and continents to help park rangers around the world protect our most treasured resources.

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Wesley is a founding member of Rally for Rangers. Since its inception, as an avid motorcyclist, Wesley spearheaded the Rally for Rangers (part of Blue Waves campaign by the Mongol Ecology Center), raised awareness internationally about the National Parks of Mongolia and rode in both rallies. With the unprecedented success, Wesley and Tom Medema are taking Rally for Rangers to a new level by establishing the Rally for Rangers Foundation to expand the effort around the world.

Wesley works as a digital arts manager for Gap Inc’s Photography studios. As a freelance photographer, Wesley loves to travel the world and his latest photography projects include documenting shamanism in Mongolia and tribal people of Africa. He currently splits his time between California and Mongolia.