Re: how dangerous is death valley to hike in summer?


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Posted by Last Chance Rand on July 02, 2002 at 18:32:48:

In Reply to: how dangerous is death valley to hike in summer? posted by tom on July 02, 2002 at 16:16:30:

In summer, I alter my hiking patterns as such:

1. I choose routes that will have occasional shade along the way, either under trees or in steep walled canyons, or even an old cabin. Sometimes, I'll take a high-noon siesta...

2. I select destinations that are in the higher elevations for cooler temps

3. I opt for shorter hikes, usually under 3 miles each way

4. Of course, I carry double my usual amount of water. This makes your backpack very heavy, but the more you drink, the lighter your load becomes. In such heat, water is everything.

5. I will usually avoid unplanned detours so as to not zap my energy

6. Consider a night hike under full or near-full moon. Golden Canyon is great for this...


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