Thomas Coyne, the founder of the Survival Training School of California, has set out to cross Death Valley with nothing but the clothing on his back and a minimal list of gear. No food. No water. The details of his planned trek are outlined in this press release.
He started at the Badwater Basin of Death Valley, Calif., on Aug. 31 and intends to end 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 plans to cross.
This isn'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."
Updates will be posted on the school's YouTube channel if anyone wants to follow along.