Thomas Coyne makes it across Death Valley with no food and water
This update comes a bit late, but I still think it needs to be posted. Thomas Coyne completed his journey across Death Valley on Sept 9.
Coyne is the founder of the Survival Training School of California and set out to cross the valley with nothing but the clothing on his back and a minimal list of gear. No food. No water.
He started at the Badwater Basin of Death Valley, Calif., on Aug. 31 and ended his trip about 200 km away at the Mt. Whitney Portals. Temperatures can rise as high as 48 C in some of the areas he crossed. He was able to locate ample water supplies and lived off "Palm dates, cattail roots, watercress greens, fresh barrel cactus, chokecherries, and even Wild Celery and Native Sunflower seeds," according to a release about his adventures.
This wasn't his first attempt to survive using just his skills in extremely harsh conditions. According to the release, last year Coyne "hiked 100 miles across the entire Sierra Nevada Mountain Range- bringing no food, water, sleeping bags or tents. He and his sole partner in that hike lived off the land on that journey as well; foraging wild edibles, drinking from streams, and building primitive shelters the entire time."
You can check out the details on his YouTube channel.
Bonus material: Global News has posted an interesting short list of survival stories.