After my return from the Gobi 2011 Expedition, I began to
piece together plans to attempt a self sufficient traverse of
Death Valley,  the lowest, driest, and hottest area in North
America with the highest reliably reported temperature in
the Western Hemisphere. Death Valley's Furnace Creek
holds the record for the highest reliably reported air
temperature in the world, 134 °F (56.7 °C) on July 10, 1913.

Todd Carmichael attempted a solo self-contained trek
across Death Valley in 2010, but was forced to abort the
mission after a malfunction with his equipment.

Along with an expedition partner, I attempted the arduous
North to South 153 mile/246km traverse entirely on foot by
manhauling two lightweight wheeled desert trailers,
carrying minimal water and provisions each weighing
approximately 200kg/440lbs across Death Valley, which
consists of sand dunes, jagged mountains, salt-pans,
washes and canyons.

Unfortunately, we both tried
but failed to reach our
objective. However I do intend to make another attempt in
the near future.
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