Todd Carmichael will soon be trading the colds of Antarctica for the heat of Death Valley. In his most recent dispatch he talks about his next project, which will get underway on October 9th, when he will set out to not only traverse Death Valley, but actually cross it twice, mostly just because no one else has ever done so.
In the pre-expedition post, Todd talks about not only going for the DV traverse, but a new solo distance record as well. He discovered that the longest ever self-supported trek was 399.5 miles over 37 days. He means to go 400 miles in just just 18.5 days, and then extend that record another 30 miles just for good measure.
To accomplish this ambitious goal, he’ll need to carry all of his supplies, gear, and water along with him. In total, he expects to take more than 450 pounds of supplies with him on the trek, and to do so, he’s built a special cart to accompany him on the journey. Todd says that he’s on his fourth design of what he calls The Pig, and he now feels it is ready.
He has a route planned out. One that is designed to have a low impact on the environment and avoid roads altogether. He’s now in the final stages of preparation. Physically he is nearly ready to go, and he’s even overcome the monumental task of convincing his wife to let him hit the road once again. Soon, he’ll be off on another adventure, through one of the harshest, hottest, most inhospitable places on the planet. And he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Good luck Todd. We’ll be following along! 🙂
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