may - 2015
death valley national park
- route: badwater to telescope peak
- mileage/vertical: 20+?/11299ft?
- elevation: 11,043' (3,366 m)
- date: 4.10.15
- time on route: 16 hours?
here are step by step instructions for a pretty cool sufferfest
step1: drive from la to death valley (5 hours or so) stopping in lone pine to climb a few pitches of sport climbing in the alabama hills.
step2: park a car at mahogany flats campground in death valley. then get in another car and drive 2 hours to badwater (the lowest point in death valley at 282 feet (86 m) below sea level).
step 3: camp in the dirt of badwater.
step 4: set your alarm for 2:30 am
step 5: awake to your alarm at 2:30 am
step 6: walk with your friends from badwater to the summit of telescope peak (11,043 feet) over the course of 14 hours and 15.6 miles.
the route ascends from the valley floor mostly cross- country, which is a fun navigation challenge. at about 10k feet, the route joins a trail for the final mile or two of switchbacking to the summit.
step 7: descend 7 miles to the car you left the day before in mahogany flats campground.
step 8: drive back to badwater to get your other car
step 9: drive back to la
what a weekend!