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Death Valley Visitors Spent $108m in Local Economy

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DEATH VALLEY, CA - Μια νέα Εθνική Υπηρεσία Πάρκων (NPS) report shows that visitors to Death Valley National Park spent $108,000,000 in communities near the park last year. That spending supported about 1,500 θέσεις εργασίας στην τοπική περιοχή.

The study analyzed the economic impact of Death Valley National Park on surrounding counties in Nevada and California.

Superintendent Mike Reynolds said, “Death Valley had more visitors in 2016 than ever before. I’m not surprised that the economic benefit to local communities was also a new record.”

1,296,283 people traveled to Death Valley National Park in 2016. Visitation increased in spite of the temporary closure of Scotty’s Castle due to a flash flood. People were drawn by last year’s super bloom and a nationwide “Find Your Park” publicity campaign.

“People come from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Mike Reynolds. “I’m amazed at the different languages I hear when I walk through the visitor center.”

Most Death Valley-bound travelers spend a night, fuel up, or have a meal in a gateway community such as Pahrump, Amargosa Valley, Beatty, Tonopah, Bishop, Lone Pine, Ridgecrest, Baker, or Shoshone.

Last year visitors spent about $38 million on hotels and camping, $20 million on restaurants, $18 million on groceries and retail purchases, $11 million on transportation, $11 million on gas, and $10 million on recreation in Death Valley’s surrounding communities.

“We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities,” said Superintendent Reynolds.

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas of the U.S. Geological Survey and Lynne Koontz of the National Park Service. Οι παραστάσεις έκθεση $18.4 δισεκατομμύρια των άμεσων δαπανών από 331 million park visitors nation-wide in counties within 60 μίλια από ένα εθνικό πάρκο. This spending supported 318,000 θέσεις εργασίας σε εθνικό επίπεδο; 271,544 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $34.9 δισεκατομμύριο.

Report authors this year produced an interactive tool. Users can explore current year visitor spending, jobs, labor income, value added, and output effects by sector for national, state, and local economies. Users can also view year-by-year trend data. The interactive tool and report are available at the NPS Social Science Program webpage: go.nps.gov/vse.

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Death Valley National Park is the homeland of the Timbisha Shoshone and preserves natural and cultural resources, exceptional wilderness, scenery, and learning experiences within the nation’s largest conserved desert landscape and some of the most extreme climate and topographic conditions on the planet. About two-thirds of the park was originally designated as Death Valley National Monument in 1933. Today the park is enjoyed by about 1,300,000 people per year. The park is 3,400,000 acres – nearly as large as the state of Connecticut. Μάθετε περισσότερα στο www.nps.gov/deva.

AdventureCORPS hosts Badwater Salton Sea 81-Mile Ultramarathon this Sunday-Monday, April 30 – May 1, 2017!

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AdventureCORPS®, Inc. hosts the BADWATER® Salton Sea 81-Mile Ultramarathon annually in May and the fifth annual edition takes place this weekend on Sunday-Monday, April 30 – May 1, 2017. This remarkable event challenges teams of two or three ultrarunners – running together as duos or trios for the duration, NOT in a relay – to tackle an unimaginable traverse of Southern California deserts and mountains. The race begins at 630am on Sunday morning (PST) and concludes up to 28 hours later.

Seventy-one runners, comprising 28 two- or three-person teams, will compete, representing seventeen US states and five nationalities (Canada, Colombia, Germany, United Kingdom, and USA).

The 81-mile (130km) BADWATER Salton Sea route begins on the shores of the seemingly post-apocalyptic Salton Sea in Salton City, CA at an elevation of 234 feet below sea level and traverses two mountain ranges to its finish line atop Palomar Mountain, the almost tallest mountain in San Diego County at an elevation of 5500 feet. There is a total elevation gain of over 9000 feet. Eight of the 81 race miles pass through Anza-Borrego State Park on a single track trail known as the California Riding and Hiking Trail from near Borrego Springs to near Ranchita, creating a race route which is a mix of road and trail.

Race sponsors include Farm to Feet, the Official Sock of Badwater®, along with ZombieRunner.com.

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FOLLOWING THE RACE

Race Webcast (including live GPS tracking of all teams): http://www.badwater.com/2017-badwater-salton-sea-webcast/

Official Hashtag: #‎BadwaterSS

Twitter: @Badwater

Instagram: @Badwater HQ and @ChrisKostman

Time Splits: http://dbase.adventurecorps.com/resultsSaltonSea.php?ss_eid=84&ss=Go

Race Roster: http://dbase.adventurecorps.com/roster.php?bw_eid=83&ss_eid=84&ss=Go&cf_eid=82

Images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/chriskostman/albums

More Images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/adventurecorps/albums

Live webcam at the finish line (app 900pm Sunday night to 1030am Monday morning): http://www.ustream.tv/channel/badwater

RACE MAGAZINE

Download the Spring 2017 issue of BADWATER Magazine, a full-color, 48-page issue in PDF format featuring both Badwater Salton Sea and Badwater Cape Fear, along with their incredible settings, at this link:

http://www.adventurecorps.com/downloads/bw/2017May.pdf

BADWATER ULTRA CUP

This race is the second leg in the three-event race series known as the Badwater Ultra Cup which includes Badwater Cape Fear in March, Badwater Salton Sea in May, and the STYR Labs Badwater 135 in July. This year, 18 remarkable athletes are attempting the Badwater Ultra Cup:

Pamela Chapman-Markle, 61, of San Leon, TX

David Coats, 56, of Houston, TX

Catra Corbett, 52, of Fremont, CA

Dale Cougot, 51, of Garland, TX

Kayla Delk, 30, of Greeneville, TN

Kevin Delk, 34, of Greeneville, TN (Married to Kayla; they are running all three races together)

Luigi Dessy, 39, of Ponce, Puerto Rico

Jared Fetterolf, 28, of Dallas, TX

Carl Hineline, 42, of Plano, TX

Joshua Holmes, 39, of Los Angeles, CA

Andrea Kooiman, 42, of Mission Viejo, CA

Camilo Martinez, 36, of New York, NY (Colombian nationality)

Mark Matyazic, 52, of Irvine, CA

AntonetteRosiePrather, 48, of Garner, NC

Russ Reinbolt, 52, of La Jolla, CA

Ray Sanchez, 50, of Sacramento, CA

Lisa Sherak, 55, of Lawrenceville, GA

Keith Straw of Malvern, 62, of Malvern, PA (United Kingdom nationality)

AdventureCORPS®, Inc. is an athlete-run firm producing and promoting ultra-endurance sports events and BADWATER®, the world’s toughest brand and the world’s toughest races. Adventure is our way of life. AdventureCORPS’ world-class events for athlete-adventurers include epic races such as the BADWATER® 135, BADWATER® SALTON SEA, BADWATER® CAPE FEAR, and other events. Our products include Badwater® Apparel, Badwater® Skin Care, Badwater® Gear, as well as other lifestyle items and services. Founded in 1984 by Chris Kostman, this group effort is dedicated to exploring the inner and outer universes, seeking adventure, energy, and insight both in daily life and “out there.”

AdventureCORPS is a member of One Percent For The Planet and supports Challenged Athletes Foundation, The Conservation Alliance, and Bald Head Island Conservancy.

Official BADWATER merchandise is available via www.badwater.biz

Contact:

Chris Kostman,

Chief Adventure Officer and Race Director

AdventureCORPS, Inc.

638 Lindero Canyon Rd #311

Oak Park, CA 91377 USA

http://www.adventurecorps.com

http://www.badwater.com

AMERICAN PICKERS to Film in California

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Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to CALIFORNIA! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region in Spring 2017!

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.

Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them. AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to:

americanpickers@cineflix.com ή κλήση 855-OLD-RUST.

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AMERICAN PICKERS is produced by Cineflix Productions for History. New episodes air Mondays at 9pm EST on History.

Three Defendants from the High On Life Group Plead Guilty

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Three Defendants from the High On Life Group Plead Guilty

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY -Three defendants from the Canadian group High On Life

appeared Thursday, January 19, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Carman at the Yellowstone Justice

Center in Mammoth Hot Springs, WY. Two defendants attended the hearing in person and one

defendant was on the phone. Charles Ryker Gamble, Alexey Andriyovych Lyakh, and Justis Cooper

Price Brown pleaded guilty to violations in Yellowstone National Park, Zion National Park, Death

Valley National Park, and Mesa Verde National Park.

The group, consisting of Charles Ryker Gamble, Alexey Andriyovych Lyakh, Justis Cooper Price

Brown, Parker Heuser, and Hamish McNab Campbell Cross, were the subject of multiple investigations

by the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management.

  1. Gamble and A. Lyakh pleaded guilty to charges in Yellowstone National Park that included

disorderly conduct by creating a hazardous condition and foot travel in a thermal area. They also

pleaded guilty to charges for commercial photography without a permit in Zion National Park; use of a

drone in a closed area, riding a bike in wilderness, and commercial photography without a permit in

Death Valley National Park; and the use of a drone in a closed area in Mesa Verde National Park. Both

individuals will serve seven days in jail, pay more than $2,000.00 in fines, restitution, community service

payments paid to Yellowstone Forever, and fees. They will be on probation for five years which

includes being banned from public lands managed by the U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Department

of Agriculture, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As a condition of probation, C. Gamble and A.

Lyakh will remove from their social media accounts all photographs and videos taken of public lands

where they were charged violations.

  1. Price Brown pleaded guilty to charges in Yellowstone National Park that included disorderly conduct

by creating a hazardous condition and foot travel in a thermal area. He agreed to pay over $3,500.00 in

fines, restitution, community service payments paid to Yellowstone Forever, and fees. He too will be on

probation for five years which includes being banned from public lands managed by the U.S.

Department of Interior, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

On November 1, 2016, two defendants from High On Life, Hamish Cross and Parker Heuser, pleaded

guilty to violations in Yellowstone National Park and Death Valley National Park.

The judge’s decision today sends a strong and poignant message about thermal feature protection and

safety,” said Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk. “We implore all visitors to learn

about the rules in Yellowstone, respect the rules and follow them. We ask visitors to take the

Yellowstone Pledge. Protect your park and protect yourselves by staying on the boardwalks. If you

witness resource violations, call 911 or contact a park ranger.

On May 16, 2016, a concerned citizen contacted park rangers in Yellowstone National Park, after seeing four individuals walking on Grand Prismatic Spring. During the course of the investigation, park

rangers identified the four individuals involved in the violations in Yellowstone National Park and

arrest warrants were issued. Through the use of social media and tips from the public, additional

investigations were conducted about the group’s activities on other federal lands.

The High On Life group was issued violation notices from:

  • Zion National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Corona Arch (BLM)
  • Bonneville Salt Flats (BLM)

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About the National Park Service: Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of America’s more than 400 national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, we safeguard these special places and share their stories millions of people every year. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

Court Appearance by ‘High On Life’ for Park Violations

DEATH VALLEY, CA – Five defendants from the Canadian group High On Life appeared in the Yellowstone Justice Center on November 1 for multiple violation notices from National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management public lands. Two defendants pleaded guilty to violations in Yellowstone and Death Valley National Park. The other three defendants pleaded not guilty and will be appointed court attorneys.

The group, consisting of Charles Ryker Gamble, Alexey Andriyovych Lyakh, Justis Cooper Price Brown, Parker Heuser, and Hamish McNab Campbell Cross, were the subject of multiple investigations by the NPS and the BLM:

  • Zion National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • BLM Corona Arch
  • BLM Bonneville Salt Flats

“I am deeply offended by the serial nature of these violations,” said Death Valley National Park Superintendent Mike Reynolds. “This is a pattern of behavior that shows no respect for environmental protection or the experiences of other park visitors.”

On March 11, 2016, a park ranger contacted three people from High On Life at Badwater in Death Valley National Park. They were cited for using a bicycle off the roadway, possessing a bicycle in a wilderness area, operating a drone, and commercial photography without a permit.

  1. Heuser pleaded guilty to two violations in Death Valley National Park that included riding a bike in wilderness and commercial photographs without a permit. He will also pay for collateral fines that stemmed from violations at the Bonneville Salt Flats (BLM). He agreed to pay more than $1,000.00 in fines and fees. P. Heuser was not charged any violations in Yellowstone National Park.

“Over 91% of Death Valley National Park is designated wilderness. By law, wilderness areas are supposed to be free of mechanized equipment and commercial activities. These violations occurred at Badwater, which is the most-visited area in the Death Valley National Park Wilderness. Using a bicycle off road can also leave tracks that can be a visible impact to park visitors for a long time,” Reynolds said.

On May 16, 2016, a concerned citizen contacted park rangers in Yellowstone National Park, after seeing four individuals walking on Grand Prismatic Spring. During the course of the investigation, park rangers identified the four individuals involved in the violations in Yellowstone National Park and arrest warrants were subsequently issued. Through the use of social media and tips from the public, additional investigations were conducted about the group’s activities on other federal lands.

  1. Cross pleaded guilty to charges in Yellowstone National Park that included disorderly conduct by creating a hazardous condition and foot travel in a thermal area. He agreed to pay over $8,000.00 in fines, restitution, community service payments paid to Yellowstone Forever, and fees. Both individuals will be on probation for five years which includes being banned from public lands managed by the U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“The judge’s decision today sends a very clear message about thermal feature protection and safety,” said Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk. “Hamish Cross’s egregious actions damaged a world-class hot spring and risked his own life coupled with the lives of responding rangers. We look forward to the outcome of the case regarding the three remaining defendants.”

Harm can be done by walking on bacterial mats that surround thermal features like Grand Prismatic Spring. The colorful mats contain communities of thermophiles, or heat-loving organisms. Walking on the mats damages the microscopic communities and the footprints left behind impact the visual landscape people expect in Yellowstone.

Scalding water also underlies much of the thin, breakable crust around hot springs like Grand Prismatic Spring. Many hot springs are near or above the boiling point and can cause severe or fatal burns. More people have been injured or killed in hot springs than any other natural feature in Yellowstone. For example, a fatality occurred in June 2016, at the Norris Geyser Basin when a man walked off the designated boardwalk, slipped, and fell into a hot spring.

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About the National Park Service: Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of America’s more than 400 national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, we safeguard these special places and share their stories millions of people every year. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

Badwater® 135 Application

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Application Window Open Until February 2 for Badwater® 135, “The World’s Toughest Foot Race.


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Furnace Creek, CA – AdventureCORPS®, Inc., hosts of the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon, is currently accepting applications for this year’s race, scheduled for July 10-12, 2017. Now in its 40th year and recognized globally as “the world’s toughest foot race,” this iconic race pits up to 100 of the world’s toughest athletes – runners, triathletes, adventure racers, and mountaineers – against one another and the elements.

The race starts at Badwater Basin within Death Valley National Park, the lowest point in North America at 280 feet (85m) below sea level, and the location officially recognized as the hottest spot on earth (hitting 134 degrees Fahrenheit in 1913). From that auspicious start line, the course covers 135 miles (217km) non-stop over the most epic terrain imaginable. including traversing three mountain ranges for a total of 14,600 feet (4450m) of cumulative vertical ascent and 6,100 feet (1859m) of cumulative descent. The race finishes at the end of the road high on Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the Lower 48, making it the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet. For those who finish in less than 48 hours, their reward is the coveted Badwater 135 belt buckle. (See attached.) There is no prize money.

With a field limit of 100 runners, the Badwater 135 is, and always has been, an invitational race. Applicants must meet rigorous qualifying standards prior to submitting an application, which is then reviewed and scored by a committee. For rookie entrants, minimum requirements include three 100-mile race finishes or a completion of the Brazil 135, plus submitting an extensive application with running resumé, details of charitable efforts, along with answering a variety of questions ranging fromWhat percentage of your athletic peers would say that you are a good human being?” to “What is the meaning of life?” More information is here: http://www.badwater.com/event/badwater-135/#tab-entry The actual application is here: https://www.runreg.com/bw135

Based on past participation, it is anticipated that the 2017 field will include runners from 20 to 25 American states and represent 20 to 25 countries or nationalities. The 100 world-class athletes selected for the 2017 race will be announced via Facebook Live on February 9.

AdventureCORPS greatly appreciates the support of STYR Labs, Caring House Project Foundation, Farm To Feet Socks, Fisher Space Pen, ZZYXXZ, Nathan Performance Gear, and ZombieRunner.com, plus the local support of Furnace Creek Ranch, Stovepipe Wells Resort, Panamint Springs Resort, Dow Villa, Pizza Factory, the community of Lone Pine, CA, the people of Inyo County, and other generous companies and individuals. More info: http://www.badwater.com/about-us/sponsors/

Official Charities of the Badwater 135 include the Challenged Athletes Foundation. As one of the very few charities that provides grants directly to athletes with a physical disability, the Challenged Athletes Foundation has raised over seventy-six million dollars and directly assisted thousands of challenged athletes world-wide and in all 50 US states.

AdventureCORPS also supports the Bald Head Island Conservancy, Conservation Alliance, and One Percent For The Planet, among others. One of the goals of the Badwater 135 is to raise funds for, and awareness of, these organizations, along with minimizing and mitigating environmental impact. More info: http://www.badwater.com/about-us/charities/ and http://www.badwater.com/about-us/environment/

The event is held under special use permits from Death Valley National Park, California Department of Transportation, Inyo National Forest, and Inyo County.

Additional Badwater events this year include the 51-mile Badwater Cape Fear on March 18 and 81-mile Badwater Salton Sea on April 30. These two events, along with the Badwater 135, comprise the Badwater Ultra Cup.

CONTACT

Chris Kostman, Chief Adventure Officer and Race Director

AdventureCORPS, Inc.

638 Lindero Canyon Rd #311

Oak Park, CA 91377 USA

http://www.badwater.com

http://twitter.com/badwater

https://www.instagram.com/badwaterhq/

http://www.facebook.com/badwater135

https://www.facebook.com/events/1765961407022814/

Successful Rescue of Woman Stranded Overnight

DEATH VALLEY, CA – Death Valley National Park rangers and California Highway Patrol rescued a stranded visitor in the park’s remote backcountry on Monday. The 27-year-old woman was stranded overnight in winter conditions after her vehicle become stuck in snow.

On Sunday, January 22, the 27-year-old woman from New York had been traveling in a rental SUV when she encountered deep snow on Hunter Mountain Road, a gravel road in the northwest part of the park. At about 3 p.m., she decided to turn around and head back, but her vehicle became stuck in the snow.

Fortunately, the woman had extra food, water, camping gear, and warm clothing. She spent the night in her car.

The next morning she began hiking up the mountain to get to an area with cell phone service. After hiking in the snow for several hours, she was able to get a 911 call out and relayed valuable information about her situation to dispatchers before the call was dropped.

On the afternoon of January 23rd, Death Valley National Park received a report, transferred from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, of a woman who was stranded and lost somewhere in the park’s Hunter Mountain area. A park ranger was unable to reach the woman by vehicle due to deep snow and mud.

A helicopter from the California Highway Patrol was requested and they were able to locate the woman’s vehicle shortly before sunset. The helicopter landed on the roadway and picked the woman up. She was transported to Furnace Creek Airport where she was evaluated by National Park Service emergency medical service personnel.

“The supplies the woman had with her in the vehicle helped her survive” said Kevin Ross, emergency services coordinator for Death Valley National Park. “In addition, aside from hiking to call 911, she stayed with her vehicle.” These good choices led to the successful resolution of this situation.

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About the National Park Service: Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of America’s more than 400 national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, we safeguard these special places and share their stories millions of people every year. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

Death Valley Hosts Night Sky Program

DEATH VALLEY, CA – On Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28, Las Vegas Astronomical Society (LVAS) and Death Valley National Park will host a night sky program.

LVAS members, park rangers and guest astronomers will bring telescopes for the public to view night sky features such as Venus, constellations in the Winter Circle, the Orion Nebula, and other star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae.

Parking is available in the golf course parking area at the Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park. Signs and red path lights will guide pedestrians to the observing area. Visitors are asked to minimize the use of white flashlights; red cellophane will be provided to cover white lights in order to protect observers’ night vision. Visitors should dress appropriately for the weather.

There will be an opportunity to view features of the sun through a solar scope in front of the General Store at Furnace Creek Resort from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday.

Death Valley National Park is the largest International Dark Sky Park in the world, designated by the International Dark Sky Association.

Friday, January 27

Twilight – 10:00 p.m. – Star Party telescope viewing

8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Laser-guided tour of night sky features visible to the naked eye

Saturday, January 28

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Solar observing in front of the General Store

Twilight – 10:00 p.m. – Star Party telescope viewing

8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Laser-guided tour of night sky features visible to the naked eye

For more information, βλέπω www.nps.gov/deva or http://www.furnacecreekresort.com/activities/stargazing.

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About the National Park Service: Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of America’s more than 400 national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, we safeguard these special places and share their stories millions of people every year. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

Weekend’s Storms Cause Limited Road Closures

DEATH VALLEY, CA – This weekend’s storms left several roads in Death Valley National Park closed. Park hotels and major attractions remain open.

Titus Canyon, Emigrant Canyon, Wildrose and Dantes View Roads are closed to due snow and ice. Saline Valley’s South Pass is currently blocked by a vehicle stuck in a three-foot snow drift. West Side, Mustard Canyon and Devils Golf Course Roads are closed due to mud. The normally-dry Amargosa River is flowing across Harry Wade and West Side Roads.

The National Park Service will reopen these roads as soon as they are safe. Park rangers post road conditions at Facebook.com/DeathValleyRoadConditions.

Artist Drive is closed from January 9 through March 15, 2017 for repairs.

Major roads in the park remain open, including CA-190 and Badwater Road. This provides access to popular sites like Badwater Basin, Golden Canyon, Harmony Borax Works, and Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

The National Park Service’s headquarters at Furnace Creek is experiencing a power outage that started Sunday afternoon. This is affecting park staff’s access to the internet and ability to respond to visitor questions by telephone, but has limited impact on the experience of visitors in the park. The restaurants and hotels have power.

The official rain gauge at Furnace Creek Visitor Center received 0.10 inches of rain on Friday, January 20 and 0.14 inches of rain on Sunday, January 22. Precipitation in Death Valley can vary significantly based on elevation and location.

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About the National Park Service: Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of America’s more than 400 national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, we safeguard these special places and share their stories millions of people every year. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

Death Valley National Park confronts off-road driving problem

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2. photo credit National Park Service (1)

 

DEATH VALLEY, CA— Visitors from across the region and around the world took advantage of the December holiday week to visit Death Valley. Unfortunately, a few of these drove off established roadways onto pristine dry lake beds and other fragile areas, leaving behind tracks that are visible for years, even decades. The famous Racetrack playa was among the areas damaged, as was Badwater. This is a problem that builds on itself, since once tracks are established, others drivers tend to follow.

 

Off-road driving at the Racetrack is particularly aggravating to those who appreciate Death Valley. This remote dry lake bed was named in the early days of the park both for its shape, and for the mysterious tracks that are left by rocks sliding across the surface under specific weather conditions. While only a few have driven onto the Racetrack lake bed, the tracks they left are spoiling the view for many.

 

With two incidents in the last several months, park managers are adopting new strategies to prevent additional incursions. Although the area is already posted with both regulatory and informational signs, additional Carsonite posts will be added along the shoreline. Large regulatory signs will be posted along both entrances to the area to ensure that everyone visiting the area gets the message. An attempt will be made to soften the existing tracks by pumping water onto the most heavily damaged areas. Additionally, the park is recruiting for volunteers to help protect the Racetrack by spending time at the site providing visitor education. Check Death Valley Facebook for more information about this volunteer opportunity.

 

Although the Racetrack is beloved, many areas in the park are suffering from similar damage. On January 11, volunteer college students from Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, raked out tracks left at Badwater, one of the parks most frequently visited areas. While whoever drove onto the Badwater playa left their tracks in only a minute or two, this group of twelve students spent the better part of a day attempting to reverse damage. This is just one example of a problem that many volunteer groups address at Death Valley every year. Without their efforts, visitors would see vistas spoiled by tracks in many more areas.

 

Park rangers note that all visitors are required to keep their vehicles on established roads. If you see someone driving or parked beyond the road shoulder, report it immediately to any ranger or visitor center, or call Park Dispatch at 760-786-2330.

 

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About the National Park Service: Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of America’s more than 400 national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, we safeguard these special places and share their stories millions of people every year. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

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Photo 1: Tracks left on the Racetrack playa spoil the pristine view.
Photo 2: Volunteers from Longwood University prepare to rake and fill tracks left at Badwater.

Transportation Grants Available for School Field Trips to Death Valley

Photo--credit Kurt Moses

 

DEATH VALLEY, CA—Death Valley National Park and the Death Valley Natural History Association are pleased to announce the availability of transportation grants for school groups participating in field trips to the park. This opportunity is possible due to the generous donations of many education program supporters to the Death Valley Natural History Association.

 

“Death Valley Natural History Association is thrilled to be able to assist school groups in coming to Death Valley National Park,” said David Blacker, executive director of the Death Valley Natural History Association, “Death Valley offers a unique learning opportunity and educators should not miss a chance to bring out their school groups.”

 

Students can investigate life on the sand dunes, discover ancient landscapes in a canyon, study unique habitats, and explore the lowest point in North America. “It is so inspiring to see students from local communities exploring this mysterious and remarkable outdoor classroom,” said Brandi Stewart, education program coordinator, “Through these transportation grants, we hope to provide an opportunity for even more students to engage in hands-on learning here in Death Valley.”

 

These grants will help cover transportation costs for school groups visiting during the spring of 2017. While the ranger-led programs are free, transportation costs can be a barrier for schools interested in field trips to the park. This funding provides an opportunity for students to explore the park and for schools to support student learning through a field trip to Death Valley National Park.

 

Teachers and school administrators can request additional information about transportation grants and curriculum-based field trip programs by visiting the education section of the park’s website (www.nps.gov/deva) or contacting the education program coordinator, Brandi Stewart, at 760-786-3226 or Brandi_Stewart@nps.gov.

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About the National Park Service: Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of America’s more than 400 national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, we safeguard these special places and share their stories millions of people every year. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

Photo creditKurt Moses

Temporary Closure of Artists Drive

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DEATH VALLEY, CA – Artists Drive, one of Death Valley National Park’s top attractions, will be closed through March for repair work.

 

Artists Palette, Artists Drive and ½ mile either side of Artists Drive will be closed to all public entry, including pedestrians, from January 9 through March 15, 2017. This closure is necessary to ensure public safety while construction is underway.

 

“We considered allowing the public to hike into Artists Palette,” said Abby Wines, park spokesperson. “But the terrain in that area is so rough. Hikers would likely end up walking adjacent to the road, where they could get hit by equipment coming around blind curves.”

 

The green, blue and mauve colors at Artists Palette are a result of weathering of volcanic rock and ash. Artists Drive is a one-lane 9-mile scenic loop road. It is one of the park’s most popular attractions.

 

Artists Drive was damaged by flash floods in October 2015. National Park Service road crews removed debris and made temporary repairs to reopen the road a few weeks later. Hardrives, Inc. will repave Artists Drive and repair flood damage under contract with Federal Highway Administration.

 

Harmony Borax Works, site of 1880s mining, will also be closed for a week or two early in 2017. The dates of this closure have not been determined yet. This closure will allow repairs and repaving of the interpretive trail.

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About the National Park Service: Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of America’s more than 400 national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, we safeguard these special places and share their stories millions of people every year. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

DVC 18th Annual Fine Art Show

The Death Valley Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to participate in the 18th Annual Fine Art Show the weekend of March 11th & 12th, 2017 at the Ranch at Furnace Creek in Death Valley.
 
Hours are:
Saturday, March 11, 2017 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 12, 2017 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Early Bird Registration: Pay by February 1, 2017 – A space reservation is $130 for both days. Each space is 10’X10’.
Regular Registration: DEADLINE March 1, 2017 – A space reservation is $160 for both days. Each space is 10’X10’. No refunds will be issued once you remit your payment. No commission will be collected on sales. Please fill out the application and mail with your check to:
 
Death Valley Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 15
Tecopa, CA 92389
A discounted lodging rate of $175 (plus 12%tax & $12 resort fee) per night at Furnace Creek Ranch is available to participating artists. Please call Phyllis Nefsky at (760) 786-3353 and mention special code 768461 to access this exceptional promotional room rate.
 
Spacious non-smoking rooms feature two queen beds. Availability is extremely limited so book early.
 
March in Death Valley is balmy, beautiful, and busy. In addition, there’s always potential for a spectacular wildflower season. We encourage you to take this opportunity not only to reserve booth space to display and sell your unique artwork, but to discover the splendor that is Death Valley and the historic Furnace Creek Resort. We anticipate an outstanding weekend and hope to see you here!
If you have questions or need more information please contact Phyllis Nefsky or Suzi Dennett at 1.888.600.1844 or drop us an email at deathvalleychamber@gmail.com
We look forward to working with you to create this year’s exciting and popular special event!
 
Download application here

Bird Count and Volunteer Events

DEATH VALLEY, CA – Interested in experiencing a beautiful location with your family or friends over the holidays? Looking for something fun and rewarding to do? Death Valley National Park is hosting several volunteer events, including the annual Christmas Bird Count and Junior Ranger service projects.

 

Two volunteer clean-up events offer adults or families an opportunity to beautify the park for everyone’s enjoyment. Tuesday, Δεκέμβριος 27, meet at the Texas Springs Campground from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., or kick off the New Year with a good deed and join in on Sunday, January 1, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the picnic area in front of Furnace Creek Ranch. Bring a water bottle, hat, sunscreen, sturdy outdoor shoes, and work/gardening gloves if you have them.

 

Kids of all ages are invited to join in activities and art projects that explore what it means to give back to their community. Event will be in the Multipurpose Room in the Furnace Creek Visitor Center on Sunday, Δεκέμβριος 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, Δεκέμβριος 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. These Junior Ranger Service Projects Open House days are a great way to fulfil the service project component of your Death Valley National Park Junior Ranger workbooks!

 

Death Valley National Park’s annual Christmas Bird Count will take place on December 30. This is part of the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC), which began in 1900. You are invited to participate in one of the longest-running citizen science events in the world.

 

Birders can experience the diversity of habitats and species found in the Furnace Creek area of Death Valley. For beginners, this is a great opportunity to learn about birds in the area, get identification tips and meet others interested in desert environments.

 

All skill levels are welcome. The bird count will begin at 7 a.m. at the Furnace Creek Golf Course parking lot. Participants should dress in layers and bring a hat, sunscreen, water, food and binoculars (if available). Participants do not need to commit to the entire day, but must be there at 7 a.m.

 

 

The data collected by CBC participants over the past century allow researchers, conservation biologists, and other interested individuals to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America. When combined with other bird surveys, it provides a picture of how the continent’s bird populations have changed over the past hundred years.

 

The long-term perspective made possible by the Christmas Bird Count is vital for conservationists. It helps guide strategies to protect birds and their habitat, and helps identify environmental issues with implications for people as well.

 

Each year, the CBC mobilizes more than 70,000 volunteers in more than 2,400 locations. When compiled, the results will be posted at http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count.

 

If you have questions or would like to schedule a service project with your group, email Kira Lucier at DEVA_Volunteer@NPS.gov or call (760) 786-3282. For more information on the Christmas Bird Count, contact Linda Manning at (760) 786-3252 or linda_manning@nps.gov.

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Photo Information:

Volunteer Ed Madej reaches for litter during a clean-up event.

NPS photo by Kurt and Edwige Moses.

 

An American kestrel perches on a branch in Furnace Creek Campground.

NPS photo by Stacy Holt.

 

A black-throated gray warbler sits on a pinyon pine in Mahogany Flat Campground.

NPS photo by Peter Treuherz.

About the National Park Service: Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of America’s more than 400 national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, we safeguard these special places and share their stories millions of people every year. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

November Brings Cooler Temperatures & Special Events to Death Valley

DEATH VALLEY, CA –November is a particularly good time to visit Death Valley National Park due to a free entrance fee day on Veterans Day, special events, and cooling temperatures.

All National Park Service areas, including Death Valley National Park, will waive park entrance fees on Friday, November 11 in honor of Veterans Day. A seven-day entrance pass normally costs $25/vehicle.

The Death Valley ‘49ers Encampment will be November 9-13. Activities include western music, cowboy poetry, art show, a historic wagon train, covered wagon rides, and presentations by park rangers, authors, historians, and the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe. More information about the events can be found at www.deathvalley49ers.org, but a detailed schedule is only available upon arrival.

The nonprofit Death Valley ‘49ers plans the Encampment in partnership with the National Park Service. Many events are free, but some events require membership in the Death Valley ‘49ers. New members can sign up at a booth during the event ($25/person or $40/family/year).

Interested in getting involved in the park in a hands-on way? The park is hosting volunteer events on November’s holiday weekends: Saturday, November 12; Friday, November 25; and Saturday, November 26. Families are welcome! More details will be available online about a week in advance.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will hold a special naturalization ceremony in Death Valley National Park to welcome 20 new citizens. The ceremony will be at 11:00am on Tuesday, November 15 at the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes parking area, with a backup indoor location at Stovepipe Wells.

More information about Death Valley National Park’s special events can be found at www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/calendar.htm.

Come experience Death Valley’s exceptional night sky viewing. Park rangers will host a Full Moon Fest on Wednesday, November 23 and a Night Sky Party on Friday, Δεκέμβριος 2.

With cooler temperatures and increasing visitation, park rangers are offering regularly scheduled hikes and ranger talks. Daily programs include a Golden Canyon Hike at 9:00am and a Harmony Borax Works Talk at 2:30pm. Flint knapping demonstrations are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9:00am-3:00pm. Information on additional programs is available each week at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center or www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/tours.htm.

Unfortunately, Scotty’s Castle remains closed due to damage from a flash flood a year ago. Repair work is in progress, and Scotty’s Castle should reopen in 2019.

Road construction later in the season will affect visitors. Artists Drive, a one-way scenic drive, will be closed from November 27 through March 16. Harmony Borax Works, a popular historic site, will be closed for about a week sometime during those dates.

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MAMMOTH LAKES DOCTOR SENTENCED TO PROBATION FOR REMOVING ARCHEOLOGICAL RESOURCES

FRESNO, Calif. — Jonathan Cornelius Bourne, 59, of Mammoth Lakes, was sentenced Monday to two years of probation, a $40,000 fine, and $249,372 in restitution for felony violations of the Archeological Resources Protection Act, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. Additionally, Bourne is banned from entering federal public lands for recreational purposes while on probation.

On August 15, 2016, Bourne pleaded guilty to unauthorized transportation of archeological resources and unauthorized excavation, removal, damage, or defacement of archeological resources. According to court documents, Bourne had been collecting artifacts and archeological resources since 1994. He documented each item and has voluntarily turned over to the government an estimated 20,000 archeological items that he had collected from public lands.

According to the plea agreement, on October 14, 2010, Bourne altered a small prehistoric site, cremation site, and burial cairns in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in Nevada. He removed glass trade beads and transported them to his home in Mammoth Lakes. On January 10, 2011, Bourne altered a large prehistoric site in Death Valley National Park and removed a tool made from a bighorn sheep horn and three incised stone tablets, which were later found in Bourne’s home.

In sentencing Bourne, U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill stated that the damage caused by Bourne could not be undone no matter what sentence was imposed. He further stated that this case highlighted the importance of educating others as to the significance of the sacred Native American cultural resources and the protection of the Native American cultural sites.

Death Valley National Park Superintendent Mike Reynolds said, “Death Valley is the homeland of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe. Dr. Bourne didn’t just steal their heritage; he stole from all Americans when he removed these artifacts from the park. I’m relieved that he has been sentenced and is paying restitution to help us curate the artifacts. I hope this will help deter other people from desecrating important cultural resources that help tell our nation’s history. However, we’ve permanently lost information that could have been learned if the artifacts had never been moved.”

This case was the product of an investigation by the United States Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. Assistant United States Attorney Laurel J. Montoya prosecuted the case.

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Death Valley National Park Invites Visitors to Celebrate the National Park Service Centennial

 

DEATH VALLEY, CA – Death Valley National Park has been celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service with events all year, and will continue to do so in the coming months. From the BioBlitz to the Celestial Centennial this spring, DeathValley has been busy celebrating the Centennial of the National Park Service. Events will continue during the rest of the year, including a birthday party in August and a weekend commemorating the National Historic Preservation Act in October. From August 25-28 all National Parks will waive entrances fees, making Founder’s Day weekend the perfect time to visitDeath Valley and other National Park sites!

 

On August 25th, Death Valley will host a birthday party for the National Park Service. A reception with cake and refreshments will take place from 1-2 pm in the Visitor Center. Everyone is welcome to attend! During that time, visitors can view Historic Photography in Death Valley, a special exhibit on display in the Furnace Creek visitor center for the rest of the year. The exhibit features the work of several photographers including: Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Frederick I. Monsen, and George A. Grant. Each of these photographers represents a different approach to photography in Death Valley from the late 19th though the mid-20th century. For example, Frederick I. Monsen was a classic frontier photographer, while Edward Weston and Ansel Adams worked closely with park rangers as depression-era photographers and produced photographs used by the Works Progress Administration. Visitors can also take advantage of the beautiful landscape in Death Valley with a scenic drive to avoid the heat, or take a hike, such as the Wildrose Peak trail, in the cool mountains.

 

October marks the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, a law integral to the protection of many historic structures on public lands all over the country. During the weekend of October 15th-16th events will be held celebratingDeath Valley’s history, from prehistoric archaeology to Mission 66 National Park Service architecture. These events are for all visitors, and include children’s activities, ranger programs, and talks and demonstrations by experts. Check the DeathValley National Park website (www.nps.gov/deva) soon for a full schedule of events.

 

On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act that created the National Park Service “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for future generations.”

George A. Grant, the first photographer for the National Park Service, too this photograph in Death Valley at Badwater in 1935.

George A. Grant, the first photographer for the National Park Service, too this photograph in Death Valley at Badwater in 1935.

 

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The World’s Toughest Foot Race – 39th Anniversary

The World’s Toughest Foot Race Celebrates 39th Anniversary of Iconic Route from Death Valley National Park to Mount Whitney

(Read this Online / Download the Race Magazine / Download the 5-page Press Kit)

Death Valley, CA: On July 18-20, AdventureCORPS presents its legendary STYR Labs BADWATER® 135. Now in its 39th year, the world-renowned event pits up to 100 of the world’s toughest athletes against one another and the elements. In scorching temperatures and at altitudes as high as 8,300 feet, runners, triathletes, adventure racers, and mountaineers from 21 countries and 27 American states will face off in a grueling 135-mile non-stop run from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA. Widely recognized as “the world’s toughest foot race, “ it is the most demanding and extreme running race on the planet.

The start line is at Badwater, Death Valley, which marks the lowest elevation in North America at 280’ (85m) below sea level. The race finishes at Whitney Portal at 8,300’ (2530m). The course covers three mountain ranges for a total of 14,600’ (4450m) of cumulative vertical ascent and 6,100’ (1859m) of cumulative descent. Whitney Portal is the trailhead to the Mt. Whitney summit, the highest point in the contiguous United States. Competitors travel through places with names like Mushroom Rock, Furnace Creek, Salt Creek, Devil’s Cornfield, Devil’s Golf Course, Stovepipe Wells, Panamint Springs, Keeler, Alabama Hills, and Lone Pine.

A true “challenge of the champions,” the 2016 STYR Labs Badwater 135 features 51 Badwater veterans and 46 rookies: die hard “ultra-runners” of every speed and ability, as well as athletes who have the necessary running credentials, but are primarily known for their exploits as adventure racers, mountaineers, triathletes, or in other extreme pursuits. With one of the most international fields in race history, the athletes represent twenty-one countries by citizenship or residence: Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States of America (with 27 different American states represented).

While runners began running the course in the 1970s, the race itself has been part of the fabric of life in Inyo County since 1987. A recent study indicated an annual economic impact of 1.2 million dollars, half of it spent in Death Valley National Park and surrounding gateway communities such as Lone Pine, CA. The race is supported by U.S. Congressman Col. Paul Cook (Ret.) of California’s 8th District, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors, the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce, and a wide panorama of businesses and charities which are positively impacted.

There are 25 women and 72 men. The youngest male runner is 25 (rookie entrant Sam Weir of Australia) and the youngest female entrant is 29 (rookie entrant Kayla Delk of the USA). The oldest male is 69 (five-time finisher Mark K. Olson of California) and the oldest female is 60 (rookie entrant Pamela Chapman-Markle of Texas). The overall average age is 46. Full roster details are available here: http://dbase.adventurecorps.com/roster.php?bw_eid=78&bw=Go

The men’s course record is held by Valmir Nunez of Brazil with a time of 22:51:29 set in 2007, while the women’s course record of 26:16:12 was set in 2010 by Jamie Donaldson of Littleton, CO. It is expected that the winners of the 2016 STYR Labs Badwater 135 will finish in near record time for both men’s and women’s divisions. The average finishing time is approximately 40 hours, while the overall time limit is 48 hours. For those who finish in less than forty-eight hours, their reward is the coveted Badwater 135 belt buckle. There is no prize money.

The 2016 race field is particularly competitive. Veteran contenders include 2015 men’s champion Pete Kostelnick of Nebraska, 2014 champion Harvey Lewis of Ohio, 2013 men’s champion Carlos Sa of Portugal, 2011 men’s champion Oswaldo Lopez of Madera, CA (Mexico citizenship), two-time men’s runner-up Grant Maughan of Australia, and other notable contenders such as Marathon des Sables champion Mohamad Ahansal of Morocco, Grand Union Canal champion Dan Lawson of the UK, 2016 Badwater Cape Fear and 2016 Badwater Salton Sea champion Jared Fetterolf of Texas, among others. Also competing is Marshall Ulrich, 65, of Evergreen, CO, a twenty-time Badwater 135 finisher and four-time winner in 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1996, along with David Jones, 64, of Murfreesboro, TN, the 1997 Badwater 135 race champion, seven-time finisher, and 60+ age group record holder. For a full preview of the top men’s field, click http://www.zwittyultra.com/remember-you-paid-to-be-in-this-race-daves-blog/2016-styr-labs-badwater-135-mens-preview

The women’s field, with 25 entrants, includes 12 rookies and 13 veterans. Notable contenders include the 2015 women’s champion, Nikki Wynd of Australia, 2014 women’s champion, Alyson Venti of Barbados, Badwater 135 veteran Brenda Guajardo who is a three-time winner of the Nove Colli ultramarathon in Italy, 2016 Brazil 135+ women’s champion Sada Crawford of Cayman Islands, and others. For a full preview of the top women’s field, click http://www.zwittyultra.com/remember-you-paid-to-be-in-this-race-daves-blog/2016-styr-labs-badwater-135-womens-race-preview

Every year is a new year at the Badwater 135, with rookies and “previously unknown” athletes surprising the contenders with top performances. New stars will shine as the race unfolds.

The STYR Labs Badwater 135 is the final event in the Badwater® Ultra Cup, a three-race series which began with the 51-mile Badwater® Cape Fear in March, continued with the 81-mile Badwater® Salton Sea in May, and now concludes with the STYR Labs Badwater 135 in July. Those runners who complete all three events in the same calendar year are featured on the Badwater.com website and their virtues are extolled throughout the Internet and in future editions of BADWATER Magazine. In 2014, seven remarkable athletes completed the entire Badwater Ultra Cup, nine completed the 2015 Badwater Ultra Cup, while seventeen racers completed the first two Badwater races this year and will toe the line at the third and final Badwater race on July 18.

Now in its seventeenth year producing this race, AdventureCORPS is pleased to welcome our title sponsor, STYR Labs – an innovative nutrition customization and tracking platform delivering cutting-edge supplements to connected athletes and health and fitness consumers worldwide. The advanced ecosystem includes an activity tracker, wireless scale, and free app that collects health and fitness data to create personalized multivitamins or protein blends specific to the user’s health and fitness goals and needs. Sergio Radovcic, founder of STYR Labs, is no stranger to this race with three consecutive Badwater 135 finishes. More info at www.styr.com

AdventureCORPS also greatly appreciates the support of Farm to Feet Socks, Fisher Space Pen, Caring House Project Foundation, ZZYXXZ, Goal Zero, 2XU, and ZombieRunner.com, plus the local support of Furnace Creek Ranch, Stovepipe Wells Resort, Panamint Springs Resort, Dow Villa, Pizza Factory, the community of Lone Pine, CA, the people of Inyo County, and other generous companies and individuals. More info: www.badwater.com/about-us/sponsors/

Official Charities of the Badwater 135 include the Challenged Athletes Foundation. As one of the very few charities that provides grants directly to athletes with a physical disability, the Challenged Athletes Foundation has raised over thirty million dollars and directly assisted thousands of challenged athletes world-wide. AdventureCORPS also supports the Bald Head Island Conservancy, Death Valley Natural History Association, Conservation Alliance, and One Percent For The Planet. One of the goals of the Badwater 135 is to raise funds for, and awareness of, these organizations. More info: www.badwater.com/about-us/charities/

This year, over 50 of the race entrants are competing on behalf of a charity of their choice. Some of those include 100 Mile Club, Break the Stigma Project, Caring House Project Foundation, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Death Valley Natural History Association, Homes for our Troops, Hope So Bright, The Herren Project, and others.

This year’s race celebrates the 39th anniversary of Al Arnold’s original trek from Badwater to Mt. Whitney in 1977. Arnold, an ultrarunning pioneer and human potential guru, competed in a solo effort: it was just Arnold and his support crew against the elements and the clock. The official head-to-head race began ten years after Arnold’s pioneer trek, in 1987, and has been held annually without serious incident, fatality, or any citations issued by any branch of law enforcement. For more info about Al Arnold and also the original race click these links:

1977 Al Arnold: http://www.badwater.com/blog/category/al-arnolds-insights/

1987 Race: http://www.badwater.com/blog/1987-the-year-badwater-became-a-race/

PRESS CREDENTIALS, IMAGE GALLERY, and PERMITS

Download the 5-Page Press Kit and Media Credential Application here (also attached):

http://www.badwater.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/2016presskit.pdf

A stock image galleryfor bona fide media use onlymay be accessed at the following link, with Photographer Name / Badwater.com attribution required: www.flickr.com/photos/chriskostman/sets/72157654693333871

The Badwater 135 is held under permits from Death Valley Εθνικο Παρκο, California Department of Transportation, Inyo National Forest, and Inyo County. Media attending the event may be required to obtain permits from some of those same agencies.

FOLLOWING THE STYR LABS BADWATER 135 ONLINE

Follow the 2016 webcast at:

http://www.badwater.com/2016-styr-labs-badwater-135-webcast/

Follow the 2016 time splits and results at:

http://dbase.adventurecorps.com/results.php?bw_eid=78&bwr=Go

Follow the race on Twitter @Badwater

http://twitter.com/badwater

Official Hashtag: #Badwater135

Follow the race staff’s live photostream on Instagram @BadwaterHQ

http://instagram.com/badwaterHQ

Follow the race director’s live photostream on Instagram @ChrisKostman

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Follow the race staff’s photostream archive on Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/adventurecorps/

Follow the race director’s photostream archive on Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chriskostman/

Join the Facebook conversation:

http://www.facebook.com/badwater135

Download the July 2016 issue of BADWATER Magazine:

http://www.adventurecorps.com/downloads/bw/2016July.pdf

ABOUT ADVENTURECORPS

Oak Park, CA-based AdventureCORPS®, Inc. is an athlete-run firm producing and promoting ultra-endurance sports events and the world’s toughest brand, BADWATER®. Adventure is our way of life. AdventureCORPS’ world-class events for athlete-adventurers include epic races such as the Badwater® 135, BADWATER® Salton Sea, BADWATER® Cape Fear, and Silver State 508™, and other events. Our products include the Badwater® line of apparel, skin care products, gear, and services. Founded in 1984 by Chris Kostman, this group effort is dedicated to exploring the inner and outer universes, seeking adventure, energy, and insight both in daily life and “out there.” More info: www.adventurecorps.com and www.badwater.com.

Badwater® is a federally registered trademark owned by AdventureCORPS, Inc.

CONTACT

Chris Kostman,

Chief Adventure Officer and Race Director

AdventureCORPS, Inc.

638 Lindero Canyon Rd #311

Oak Park, CA 91377 USA

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Badwater Road Repaired and Fully Open

NPS photo - Badwater Road just before construction crews demobilized and the road opened

DEATH VALLEY, CA – Badwater Road is now fully open, connecting Death Valley National Park to the gateway town of Shoshone, California. Work remains to be done in other areas of the park to repair road and infrastructure damage caused by flash floods last October.

 

Several storms between October 4 and October 18, 2015 caused extreme flash flood damage. In one location, 2.7 inches of rain fell in just 5 hours – which exceedsDeath Valley’s average precipitation for a year.

 

Badwater Road is the main paved road in the southern end of Death Valley National Park. National Park Service road crews cleared large amounts of dirt and rock to open the northern section of Badwater Road by early November, providing access to popular destinations such as Badwater Basin, the lowest elevation in North America at 282 feet below sea level.

 

The section of Badwater Road near Jubilee Pass was extensively damaged, with about a half mile of pavement and road base washed away in multiple sections of the road. Federal Highway Administration funded the repair work. William Kanayan Construction started repairs in May, under a contract with Federal Highway Administration. Much of the work was done at night so that temperatures would be cooler.

 

Badwater Road connects to CA-178 and is the primary entrance into the southern section of Death Valley National Park. This ten-month closure affected hundreds of thousands of park visitors and the economy of Shoshone and Tecopa.

 

Most other park roads are now open. However, the Grapevine Canyon section of Scotty’s Castle Road was the most heavily damaged road and is still closed. Park spokesperson Abby Wines said, “The flood was about a quarter the size of the Colorado River. It was so huge that it changed the shape of the canyon floor. That means it wouldn’t be smart to just replace the road like it was. Engineers are redesigning sections of the road.” Design work and environmental compliance are likely to take some time, so construction probably won’t start until 2017.

 

Scotty’s Castle and Grapevine Canyon are currently closed to all public entry. Park managers are targeting 2019 to have repairs done and reopen the historic district to visitors. About 120,000 visitors per year traveled through Grapevine Canyon and over 50,000 visitors per year took an hour-long ranger-guided living history tour of Scotty’s Castle each year before the flood.

 

“There was a flurry of work in the first months after the flood,” Wines said. “We borrowed trail crews and fire crews from other parks and got the mud shoveled out of the historic buildings. That made the site look a lot better.”

 

However, most of the work is still to be done and needs to be carefully planned. Several historic buildings were damaged, including the Garage/Longshed, which houses the Scotty’s Castle Visitor Center. “The damage to the Visitor Center is obvious,” Wines said. “It looks like a monster punched the wall. We had to dig out 4 feet of mud and rocks.”

 

Other damage is less obvious but just as critical to repair before the site can be opened to the public. The flood destroyed the water system and washed away 4,000 feet of waterline that was buried in the wash. Repairs have started on the water system. Southern California Edison replaced over 20 power poles, but repairs to electrical wiring in the district will start in a couple weeks to restore power to the buildings. The sewer system was also partially washed away and needs to be replaced.

 

The estimated cost of recovering from these floods, including road repairs, is $31 million. Major funding is coming from federal sources via the National Park Service and Federal Highway Administration. Death Valley Natural History Association, a non-profit park partner, is coordinating donations to assist with Scotty’s Castle projects through their website, www.dvnha.org.

 

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BADWATER® Magazine!

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Oak Park, CA – AdventureCORPS is pleased to announce that the Summer 2016 issue of BADWATER® Magazine is now available for download. Sixty-four pages in length and printed in full-color, it focuses primarily on the STYR Labs Badwater 135 Ultramarathon and its remarkable venues, Death Valley National Park, Inyo County, Lone Pine, Mt. Whitney, and the Inyo National Forest.

 

The magazine is available as a PDF download at this link:

http://www.adventurecorps.com/downloads/bw/2016July.pdf

 

Dozens of dramatic photos from all three BADWATER races are featured (Badwater Cape Fear, Badwater Salton Sea, plus STYR Labs Badwater 135). Featured on the cover is Nikki Wynd of Lysterfield, Australia as she crosses the 2015 Badwater 135 to claim first woman and fourth overall with a time of 27:23:27.

 

Design and layout are by KFungDesign and the magazine is printed by Infinity Press.

 

Several pages are also devoted to the Bald Head Island Conservancy, One Percent For The Planet, Conservation Alliance, Death Valley Natural History Association, and other environmental and charitable organizations with which AdventureCORPS works.

 

Publisher Chris Kostman, the Chief Adventure Officer of AdventureCORPS and Race Director of all the BADWATER races, commentedOur prime directive is ‘To Seek and Share Adventureand we aim to do that not only with our world-renowned races, but also with all our communication channels. In a world dominated by social media, we still derive great satisfaction in publishing a semi-annual magazine which encourages and celebrates exploring what we call ‘the inner and outer universes.’ Whether readers want to compete in our events, or simply dream about running in exotic locations, this magazine is guaranteed to inspire and motivate!”

 

The magazine is available as a PDF download at this link:

http://www.adventurecorps.com/downloads/bw/2016July.pdf

 

Back issues, along with other Badwater brand items, may be purchased via www.badwater.biz