Loncke in Death Valley.
courtesy Louis-Philip Loncke, SOURCE
Young-Ho Nam in the Kalahari.
courtesy Young-Ho Nam, SOURCE
Desert Crossings: Death Valley and Patagonia

Posted: Nov 30, 2015 06:47 am EST

(Newsdesk) There were no lies here. All fancies fled away. That's what happened in all deserts. It was just you, and what you believed. (Terry Pratchett, Small Gods)


Belgium: Record crossing of the Death Valley

Belgian Louis-Philipe Loncke sent over news about his Death Valley crossing. He crossed from North to South, 150 miles in 8 days, carrying all his supplies and water needed for the trip in a 43kg backpack.  


According to his knowledge, he is the first person to cross the Death Valley unassisted.


Some facts: 

150 miles – 242 km

6 days of food (14 pounds / 6.5 kg - 24 litres / 6.7 gallons – 25.5 litres of water)

Temperature Range: 50F - 95F / 10C - 35C

Dangers: heat exhaustion, cold, hunger, dehydration, getting lost, heat stroke, scorpions, rattle snakes, and sleep deprivation.

Terrain: rocks, washouts, canyons, sand dunes, salt flats reflecting the sun and adding extra heat.


Korea: The Seventh Desert


South Korean desert explorer, Young-Ho Nam, told Explorersweb Patagonia is next up in his 10-deserts crossing mission. Starting this month and going to January 2017, Nam plants to venture beyond the actual desert, covering glaciers, fjords and the ocean over more than 2,000 km by human power from Domuyo volcano, the highest mountain in Patagonia, to Ushuaia, the southern-most city in Argentina. 


Thus far Nam has crossed 6 deserts: Arabia, Gobi, Great Victoria (Australia), Great Basin (US), Chihuahuan (Mexico) and Great Sandy (Australia).


He abandoned Kalahari in October while Sahara and Syria are on hold due to political unrest.


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