Skyline, or Death Valley, in July? Anyone?

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Skyline, or Death Valley, in July? Anyone?

Postby Wildhorse » Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:32 am

SFGate ran a great story celebrating Jean Pierre Marquant’s great hike across Death Valley in July 1966. Experts predicted he would die on his 106 mile journey. They warned him that he would not be rescued if he got into trouble. No cell phones back then anyway. Not even 911. The temperature rose to 130 degrees in the day, and never dropped below 110 at night. The ground temperature rose to 170. His shoes melted. He ascended Telegraph along the way. Already having a slight build, he lost 15 pounds from the exertion in the heat. He nearly died a few times, but he kept going and completed the trip. He told news reporters that he wanted to show his compatriots in France that adventure is still possible in America.

Viva la France!

Americans, what about us? Can we repeat Marquant's 1966 hike, 106 miles in Death Valley? Or, Skyline? Maybe. It is cooler there, and just a day hike.

http://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/Th ... 425188.php
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Re: Skyline, or Death Valley, in July? Anyone?

Postby Cy Kaicener » Thu Jul 28, 2016 1:47 pm

Wow - awesome - thanks for sharing. This weekend there will be rain and thundershowers in the Coachella Valley and the Sierras. I wonder if any hikers will be tempted to test their warm weather hiking tollerance. Hypothermia stages are mumble - grumble - fumble - stumble and tumble
http://www.desertsun.com/story/weather/ ... /87633230/
The 135 mile Badwater marathon to Whitney Portal was just completed -- http://www.badwater.com/event/badwater-135/ (July 18 - 20)
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Re: Skyline, or Death Valley, in July? Anyone?

Postby hawkbill666 » Thu Jul 28, 2016 4:00 pm

That hiking in the summer is so last century or so :).
Now its jumping from a plane with no parachute:
http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/more-sp ... ar-BBuYwy0

Seriously I do understand the need to push limits and love reading stories about you superwoman and men that do. But I will save my desert hiking for October and save August for watching Star Trek in an air conditioned theater that is so cold I have to bring a jacket.

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Re: Skyline, or Death Valley, in July? Anyone?

Postby Wildhorse » Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:09 pm

New York Post and other sources are now reporting that Luke Aikins has just made the jump that hawkbill mentioned. It worked. He landed safely. Amazing.
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Re: Skyline, or Death Valley, in July? Anyone?

Postby hiiker » Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:06 pm

Nothing amazing here. Of course he survived, he had a support crew.

Once a day, a support party met him at a location reachable by truck...
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