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BADWATER® Magazine!



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:


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, commented “Our prime directive is ‘To Seek and Share Adventure’ and 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:


Back issues, along with other Badwater brand items, may be purchased via

Death Valley National Park Announces “#HikeDeathValleyArt” Contest

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DEATH VALLEY, CALIF.—Death Valley National Park invites artists and photographers to participate in an art contest for the Hike Death Valley program.


Hike Death Valley encourages park visitors to get out on the trails by earning points for each featured hike completed. Upon earning four points, visitors are eligible to receive a free commemorative decal by sharing their photos with a park ranger and learning how to share their experience online. Each year, a different group of hikes and a new version of the collectable decal are featured.


Two categories of artwork are included in the contest—a decal design and a promotional poster design. Participants may share their entries by using #HikeDeathValleyArt via park social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, or by email @ with the subject line #HikeDeathValleyArt.


Winning artwork will be featured on the decal and promotional poster, and winners will be awarded an Interagency Annual Pass that covers admission to national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests and other federal recreation areas for one year. Second place winners will receive a $50 gift certificate for Death Valley Natural History Association bookstores. Prizes are complements of Death Valley Natural History Association.


The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2016. Contest details are available at





Badwater Road Construction Starts May 9

DEATH VALLEY, CA – Construction on Badwater Road will start May 9 to repair damage from October’s flash floods. The route from southern Death Valley to Shoshone, California will remain closed until construction is complete, which is scheduled for July 14.


Storms in October caused severe flash flooding in Death Valley National Park. Road crews cleared debris off roads and reopened hundreds of miles of roads in the following months. Badwater Road is currently open for 47 miles from CA-190 past Badwater to the unpaved Harry Wade Road.


The Jubilee Pass section of Badwater Road is closed from Harry Wade Road (milepost 47) to milepost 56. Through traffic from Shoshone, California to southern DeathValley is not possible during this closure. This section of road has been closed since October and will remain closed during construction due to safety concerns. Due to concerns about summer temperatures, some construction work may take place at night. Due to the possibility of nighttime work, residents of Shoshone may see and hear construction trucks at any hour.


October’s storms heavily damaged the Jubilee Pass section of Badwater Road, and washed away extensive sections of pavement and road base. Federal Highway Administration is funding these repairs. William Kanayan Construction is the general contractor performing the repairs.


Scotty’s Castle was the other area of the park most severely affected by October’s storms. A contract to connect a temporary waterline from the spring to the historic structures’ fire suppression system is in progress. Southern California Edison has replaced power poles and repairs of the electrical distribution system at Scotty’s Castle should start soon. There is still a lot more work to be done, including redesigning and reconstructing 8 miles of road, replacing portions of the sewer system, permanent water line replacement, and repairs to multiple historic structures. Water entered the annex wing of Scotty’s Castle and two other historic structures again during a storm on April 27, highlighting the need for repairs. Park officials hope to have Scotty’s Castle fully repaired and reopened by 2019.


Road Closure Map 04092016 Badwater Road, island of intact pavement



Park Seeks Information on Devils Hole Vandals

AMARGOSA VALLEY, NV – The National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Nye County Sheriff’s Office are investigating damage to government property and unauthorized entry of Devils Hole last weekend. One endangered Devils Hole pupfish was found dead. The National Park Service is offering a reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of the men.

At around 7:20pm on Saturday, April 30, three men in an OHV drove off-road around a gate at the Devils Hole parking lot. They discharged a firearm at least 10 times, shooting locks on two gates, a motion sensor on the security system, and several signs.  One man swam in Devils Hole and left his boxer shorts behind in the water. Alcohol was involved; three beer cans were left behind and one man vomited.

Park employees found an endangered Devils Hole pupfish dead on Monday.  A necropsy is being performed on the pupfish to determine if the men’s actions might have caused the death of this critically endangered species.

Although the men attempted to dismantle the security system by shooting a motion sensor and removing cables from two cameras, parts of the system continued to function during their entire time at Devils Hole. Video cameras recorded the men climbing over the fence and driving away in the direction of Crystal.

Investigators are seeking information about the incident. The OHV appeared to be a blue Yahama Rhino which had been extensively customized with an added seat and safety cage. A reward of up to $5,000 is available for information leading to arrest and conviction in this case. Tips can be reported to the National Park Service’s Investigative Services Branch at:

Devils Hole–a detached unit of Death Valley National Park–is the only natural habitat of the critically endangered Devils Hole pupfish (Cyprinodon diabolis). The National Park Service works in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Nevada Department of Wildlife to protect the endangered Devils Hole pupfish and its habitat. There were only 115 observable pupfish in Devils Hole counted during April’s spring survey.


Security camera photo of three men and a firearm inside the fenced enclosure at Devils Hole

OHV that drove off-road around a gate and is adjacent to the Devils Hole perimeter fence


Best Wildflower Bloom in a Decade

DEATH VALLEY, CA – There are unusually dense displays of wildflowers in several areas of Death Valley National Park. Triggered by a series of storms in October, the current flower display is the best the park has experienced in a decade.


Death Valley is the hottest place on Earth and the driest place in North America, averaging about two inches of rain per year. These extreme conditions make it difficult for most plants to survive. Most of the time, the lower elevations in the park appear stark: a landscape of salt flats, sand dunes and rocky mountains vegetated by a few hardy shrubs and small trees.


Rain in cooler months triggers wildflower seeds to sprout, some of which may lay dormant for years until just the right conditions occur. Wildflowers bloom each spring in Death Valley, but the density of flowers, extent of the area covered by flowers, and variety of plants varies a lot based on rainfall and temperature.


A series of unusual storms in October dropped locally heavy rainfall in several areas of the park. The most rain fell in places without official rain gauges, but the National Weather Service estimated that over 3 inches of rain fell in just 5 hours in one area of the park. This autumn soaking was followed by enough winter rain to cause a large-scale wildflower bloom.


October’s storms also caused flash floods which damaged park roads and the historic district at Scotty’s Castle. Most roads have been repaired and re-opened, including most recently the very scenic Twenty Mule Team Road. Major roads that remain closed are: Scotty’s Castle Road (8 miles in Grapevine Canyon), Badwater Road (from Ashford Mill to Shoshone over Jubilee Pass) and Lower Wildrose Road. Repairs to utilities and historic structures at Scotty’s Castle could take a few years.


The current bloom in Death Valley exceeds anything park staff has seen since the 2005. Some people are calling it a “super bloom,” which is not an official term. Park Ranger Alan Van Valkenburg has lived in Death Valley for 25 years and said, “I’m not really sure where the term “super bloom” originated, but when I first came to work here in the early 1990s I kept hearing the old timers talk about super blooms as a near mythical thing–the ultimate possibility of what a desert wildflower bloom could be. I saw several impressive displays of wildflowers over the years and always wondered how anything could beat them, until I saw my first super bloom in 1998. Then I understood. I never imagined that so much life could exist here in such staggering abundance and intense beauty.”


The previous super blooms of 1998 and 2005 occurred in El Nino years. El Nino can affect Death Valley by shifting the track of winter and spring storms into the area, increasing rainfall during flower season.


Matching previous patterns, this year’s wildflower bloom started in elevations below 1,000 feet in the southern end of the park. Typically, the peak of the bloom will move northward and upwards in elevation over the course of the spring. The bloom in lower elevations is likely to continue at least through mid-March, with flowers at higher elevations possible later in the spring.

One area that is currently particularly spectacular is about 10 miles south of Badwater on Badwater Road, where Desert Gold is growing so thickly it appears as if the alluvial fan were painted yellow. Nice displays of white and purple flowers are visible along the Beatty Cutoff Road. Park Ranger Alan Van Valkenburg described the bloom, “The hills and alluvial fans that normally have just rocks and gravel are transformed by huge swaths of yellow, white, pink, and purple. At first glance you are blown away by the sheer numbers of flowers, then on closer inspection the diversity of species will draw you in.”


While broad areas of color can be viewed from the road, another way to appreciate the flowers is to walk among them. Some flowers are commonly called “belly flowers” because it is easiest to appreciate their beauty by getting down to ground level. With over twenty species of flower in bloom currently, everyone can find their favorites. Many park employees identify the beautiful Desert Five-Spot as their favorite, an elusive flower that consists of five pink-purple petals in a cup-shape, with a large red spot on each petal. Another engaging flower is the Gravel Ghost, which has leaves that blend in flat against the gravel and has a white flower that appears to float about a foot or two above the ground on a very thin stalk.


Superintendent Mike Reynolds said, “Right now is the best time to visit Death Valley in over a decade! The flower display is astounding and this is a rare time to experience one of the most incredible displays Death Valley has to offer. We don’t know how long the bloom will last so come now!”


Park roads, campgrounds and hotels are all busy currently with the increase in visitation triggered by the wildflowers, so visitors should plan accordingly. All flowers should be enjoyed in place, as picking wildflowers or removing them from the park is illegal and reduces other visitors’ enjoyment.



Park rangers are posting regular updates about wildflowers to A 3-minute wildflower video is online at:




AdventureCORPS announces Badwater Cape Fear on Bald Head Island, NC

The BADWATER® ultra running experience returns to the East Coast in one month when the third BADWATER CAPE FEAR race takes place on Bald Head Island, North Carolina on March 19, 2016.

With 50km and 51-mile race options, Badwater® Cape Fear features a twelve-mile warm-up on the car-free, one-lane-wide roads of Bald Head Island, followed by either 19 or 39 miles of running on the wild and secluded sandy beach between Cape Fear and Fort Fisher. The race is held along the Atlantic Seaboard with spectacular views of the Frying Pan Shoals to the east and wild and undeveloped marshlands to the west. Running this remote coast is a dramatic, invigorating, and inspiring manner in which to experience the Cape Fear region in all its grandeur!

This exquisite natural setting is the perfect antidote to the “real world” and a wonderful counterpart to the desert sands and mountains of Death Valley and Anza-Borrego Desert featured in the two West Coast BADWATER® races.

Bald Head Island and nearby Southport, NC (featured in the film “Safe Haven”) are ideal vacation get-away spots for the entire family, located less than one hour from Wilmington, NC and its major airport with Delta and US Airways service. (Flying into Myrtle Beach, SC is another convenient option.) Due to the remarkable beauty and quaint southern charm of this area, as well as this impeccable, authentic BADWATER race experience, many Badwater Cape Fear participants are now making this race an annual pilgrimage!

In 2014, eighty runners from 17 states plus Canada, ranging in age from 20 to 72, competed. See the entire 2014 webcast here:

In 2015, 115 runners from 23 states plus Canada, Philippines, and Singapore, ranging in age from 20 to 69, competed. See the entire 2015 webcast here:

With registration closing in the next few weeks, the 2016 year the race will feature a field of approximately 150 runners. The 2016 field currently includes five Canadians plus runners from 25 American states, districts, and territories: Arizona (2), California (7), Colorado (2), Connecticut (1), District of Columbia (2), Florida (10), Georgia (5), Illinois (2), Massachusetts (3), Maryland (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (2), Missouri (1), North Carolina (40), New Jersey (2), New York (8), Ohio (8), Pennsylvania (6), Puerto Rico (1), South Carolina (5), Tennessee (4), Texas (11), Virginia (8), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (1). Here is the current race roster:

The Official Charity of BADWATER CAPE FEAR is the Bald Head Island Conservancy, a leader in barrier island conservation, preservation, and education. Race participants and supporters appreciate that BHIC cares for this race route’s pristine setting and its role as a sea turtle nesting site, and are encouraged to fundraise for BHIC and support its mission. Learn more at

Local Sponsors include Coastal Urge, which will host a pre-race social mixer at their Bald Head Island location, and Big Spoon Roasters of Durham, NC. The finish line feast and the post-race breakfast will be catered by Maritime Market. Special home rental offers on Bald Head Island are available through  Bald Head Island Limited, Wendy Wilmot Properties, and Seabreeze Rentals, while the Hampton Inn in Southport has also extended a special rate. Marybeth and George Ray of Southport Paddle & Sail will also support the race with their time and talent. The event is being hosted under special permits from the Village of Bald Head Island and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area.

Badwater Cape Fear is the first leg of the BADWATER® ULTRA CUP, which includes Badwater Cape Fear onMarch 19, the 81-mile Badwater Salton Sea in Borrego Springs, CA on May 1-2, and then the STYR Labs Badwater 135 from California’s Death Valley to Mt. Whitney on July 18-20. Those runners who complete all three full-distance events in the same calendar year will be featured on the Badwater website and their virtues will be extolled throughout the Internet and in future editions of BADWATER Magazine.

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, Silver State 508™, 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.”

See an aerial video of the 2014 race

Attachments: An image of the 51-mile race finisher’s buckle is attached, along with other images from the race’s two previous editions.


Chris Kostman, Chief Adventure Officer and Race Director

AdventureCORPS, Inc.

638 Lindero Canyon Rd #311

Oak Park, CA 91377 USA


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



Furnace Creek, CA – AdventureCORPS®, Inc., hosts of the STYR Labs Badwater 135 Ultramarathon, is currently accepting applications for this year’s race, scheduled for July 1820, 2016. Now in its 39th 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 STYR Labs 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 from “What percentage of your athletic peers would say that you are a good human being?” to “Who is your favorite author and/or book?” More information is here: The actual application is here:

Based on past participation, it is anticipated that the 2016 field will include runners from 20 to 25 American states and represent 20 to 25 countries or nationalities.

Now in its seventeenth year producing this race, AdventureCORPS is pleased to welcome the support of title sponsor STYR Labs (formerly Nutrimatix), makers of the world’s best tasting, all-natural vitamin products, blended using a combination of personal fitness data and responses to an interactive lifestyle questionnaire. These customized supplements are backed by real science and more than 30 years of pharmaceutical and exercise research, as well as through three consecutive Badwater 135 finishes by the company’s founder and CEO, Sergio Radovcic.

AdventureCORPS also greatly appreciates the support of Caring House Project Foundation, ZZYXXZ, Nathan Performance Gear, and, 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:

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, 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: and

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


Chris Kostman, Chief Adventure Officer and Race Director

AdventureCORPS, Inc.

638 Lindero Canyon Rd #311

Oak Park, CA 91377 USA

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Surprise Flower Show: Death Valley Bloom

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TURNING TO PEOPLE ON THE GROUND… in a particularly remote destination has forever been the time-honored way a traveler can tell when the optimal moment is to go. Absolutely, webcams have helped a bit here, as we can now see, with our own peepers, just how much snow a favorite ski slope might have or if a beach is looking crowded or not. We still, however, await word from Death Valley National Park, and the people who work there, on the matter of a yearly phenomenon that can be great, or on the so-so side, depending on the weather and rain. We speak of the springtime bloom, a marvel of the desert, something that truly has to be seen in person. And reports are coming in from the rangers and hotels of the national park that “Spring Has Sprung in Death Valley!” and on the early side, too. Of course, past Januaries have seen some sprightly flower action, but thanks to those epic October rains, and other factors, it looks like the Desert Gold and the Brown-Eyed Evening Primrose and other classic desert buds are revving up for a good show…


Read full article here

Park Hosts Death Valley Scotty Radio Play Fundraiser

Death Valley, CA –Metabolic Studio IOU Radio will be performing Death Valley Scotty at the

Furnace Creek Visitor Center, Death Valley National Park, on January 30, 2016 at 6:00 pm. All

are invited to watch and listen in to this radio drama written in 1931 and originally airing in

1955 as part of the Death Valley Days series.

Death Valley Scotty was a prospector, performer, raconteur, conman, husband and father. In

1885 he met Albert Johnson, an easterner who was recovering from an accident that nearly

killed him. Scotty helped him to recover and cemented a secretive, life-long partnership which

included the construction of Scotty’s Castle, an elaborate Spanish style mansion in a remote

desert valley, now part of Death Valley National Park. Free with his stories and his cash, Scotty

quickly became one of the West’s most prominent legends whose exploits appeared in news

outlets across the country.

Metabolic Studio IOU Theatre is a troupe of performers from the Owens Valley of California.

They are taking their show on the road to support efforts to repair damage to Scotty’s Castle

caused by the unprecedented flash flooding in October 2015. For more information about

Metabolic Studio please visit

Tickets are $20 per person, cash only, at the door. To reserve a seat and pay by phone, call 1-

800-478-8564 ext 10. All proceeds will be donated to the Scotty’s Castle Historic Preservation

Fund. The event is sponsored by the Death Valley Natural History Association (DVNHA), a

non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the natural and

cultural resources of the Death Valley region. DVNHA has been an official partner with Death

Valley National Park since 1954.


Death Valley National Park invites public to Christmas Bird Count

Death Valley, CA–Starting December 14th, and through the holiday season, citizen scientists will once again fan out across America and America’s national parks to count birds. One of the longest running citizen science events in the world, the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC) began in 1900. It provides reliable data that help demonstrate the importance of national parks to birds.

This year the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) for Death Valley National Park will take place on January 2, 2016.  Birders can experience the diversity of habitats and species found in the Death Valley/Furnace Creek area. The public is invited to participate in this count and all skill levels are welcome.  For beginners, this is a great opportunity to learn about birds in the area, get identification tips and meet others interested in desert environments.

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 and food. Binoculars are recommended. Participants do not need to commit to the entire day, but must be there at 7 a.m.  All skill levels are welcome.  Contact Linda Manning 760-786-3252 or Food and lodging are available in Death Valley National Park and in surrounding communities.

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

The Christmas Bird Count is also a fun day to be outdoors, learn about local and migratory bird species, and meet new people.

For more information about Death Valley, see


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