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    Badwater . Death Valley National Park . How Hot Is It ?

    At 282 ' (86 m) below sea level Badwater is the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere ....... and the hottest place on Earth . Alltough the highest recorded temperature on Earth was in Libya in 1922 at 136° Death Valley has more average hot days than any place on Earth . On July 13 , 1913 Oscar Denton the recorder at Furance Creek Ranch marked a temperature of 134° F ( 56.60C ) . Now keep in mind Furance Creek is 20 miles north of Badwater and over 100 ft higher . Oscar refused to drive to Badwater to make a recording ( Who in there right mind would ! ) so is not a far reach to assume the at Badwater that day it was around 140° ! Oscar wrote this that day " I thought the world was coming to an end ! Birds in flight were falling to the ground dead ! I soaked a towel and put it on my head and it was completily dry before I could run back inside ! Fun facts ! The longest days in a row it reached 100° or above is 154 days ! In 1996 it was 110° for 110 days in a row ! In July the average high temp is 115° and the low 88° ! The Ranger related to me the story of a man that came in July in a dark 3 peice suit complete with bowler and umbreilla and asked if he might borrow one of the residents dogs . When asked why he replied " I want a picture to prove that only mad dogs and Englishman come out in the noonday sun ! " ( Ian ....... WAS THAT YOU ! )
    Thanks for comeing along everyone ! Hope you had a good time ! Hoss
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    Last edited by HOSSNV; May 08, 2012 at 09:30 PM.
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    Just one more reason I'm happy to be here in the mountains. The hottest it ever got in the last 8 years was 81 degrees, which was a record. No more choppin cotton in 105 degree heat for me!
    Just like Texas in 1880.

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    What fun to see such dessication up close, and snow-capped mountains in the distance.

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    Mention of Badwater reminds me of "the world's toughest foot race," a legendary event that pits approximately 90 of the world's toughest athletes—runners, triathletes, adventure racers, and mountaineers—against one another and the elements. Covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA in temperatures up to 130F (55c), it is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet. The 35th anniversary edition will be held July 16-18, 2012.
    Don....

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    And to think our guys were in combat with a full load of gear in similar temps in Iraq!

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    Yeah, but it's a dry heat. LOL
    Time is nothing, timing is everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RGINN View Post
    Just one more reason I'm happy to be here in the mountains. The hottest it ever got in the last 8 years was 81 degrees, which was a record. No more choppin cotton in 105 degree heat for me!
    Oh come on RG ! Get your cotton pickin butt down here and at least take a look ! Hoss
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    Quote Originally Posted by Billinoregon View Post
    What fun to see such dessication up close, and snow-capped mountains in the distance.
    Yes Bill the contrast is beatiful ! Death Valley in my eyes is one of the " natrual wonders of the world " and something everyone should see . The white stuff you see myself and the others folks standing on is called " the salt pan " and is allmost 100% pure table salt . Hoss
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mackaydon View Post
    Mention of Badwater reminds me of "the world's toughest foot race," a legendary event that pits approximately 90 of the world's toughest athletes—runners, triathletes, adventure racers, and mountaineers—against one another and the elements. Covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA in temperatures up to 130F (55c), it is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet. The 35th anniversary edition will be held July 16-18, 2012.
    Don....
    Yes Don you are absoulety right . The Badwater Marathon is without doubt the most brutally demanding race on this planet ..... bar none . Only the very best of the best are even considered and many of those do not finish . A bit of triva . The racers start at the lowest point in the Untied States (Badwater ) and finish at the highest point in the lower 48 Mt Whitney . Hoss
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    Quote Originally Posted by Billinoregon View Post
    And to think our guys were in combat with a full load of gear in similar temps in Iraq!
    God bless those brave men and women and thank for your service . Hoss
    These are the times that try men's souls . Tyranny , like Hell is not easly conquered . The Crisis by Thomas Paine December 23,1776

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    Quote Originally Posted by willie d View Post
    Yeah, but it's a dry heat. LOL
    Yes Willie I hear that a lot from the tourist ! And I always tell them so is sticking your head in an oven ! Hoss
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    Hoss,
    Actually, I think the race ends at Whitney Portal (elevation 8,360). One year when I was doing Whitney I met a few of these guys for breakfast back in Lone Pine after they had finished to the Portal the night before. They were preparing to go from the Portal to the Summit (14,496 feet) and back to the Portal (22 miles) just FOR FUN that same day !!
    Don........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mackaydon View Post
    Hoss,
    Actually, I think the race ends at Whitney Portal (elevation 8,360). One year when I was doing Whitney I met a few of these guys for breakfast back in Lone Pine after they had finished to the Portal the night before. They were preparing to go from the Portal to the Summit (14,496 feet) and back to the Portal (22 miles) just FOR FUN that same day !!
    Don........
    Yes you are right . They do not climb the peak itself and finish at the portal . But I figuerd that is dam close enough ! Hoss
    These are the times that try men's souls . Tyranny , like Hell is not easly conquered . The Crisis by Thomas Paine December 23,1776

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    haha! No way Hoss! I only come down out of the mountains about once a year now, for maybe a week. Oh, I never picked cotton, but I did pull bolls. Great pics!
    Just like Texas in 1880.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HOSSNV View Post
    Yes Willie I hear that a lot from the tourist ! And I always tell them so is sticking your head in an oven ! Hoss
    LOL I'm sure you do. I spent 23 months stationed @ Ft. Irwin, CA. I can remember sitting in a Humvee in September and noticing the thermometer reading @ 120. I'd much rather take a desert summer over a Florida summer.
    Time is nothing, timing is everything.

 

 
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