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A desert crossing
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James Castleberry
Todd Carmichael's Death Valley Cart Experience on 09/24/2012 15:47:01 MDT Print View

Todd Carmichael thought he had a great cart for crossing death valley in 2010 but he was plagued by tire problems.
Todd Carmichael Death Valley Crossing

Elizabeth Tracy
(mariposa) - M

Locale: Outside
Write-up afterwards? on 09/24/2012 17:49:02 MDT Print View

Hi all,

I have no useful tidbits for Alastair, but wanted the rest of you to know what a rockstar writer he is. His two books about crossing the world by bicycle: That is the best travel/adventure writing I have ever read, and that is saying something (it's my favorite genre). You do not have to be a cyclist to be riveted by Alastair's unembellished descriptions of the cultures/countries encountered.

Alastair - any plans to write a book on your desert crossing? In any case - it would be riveting if you would post on BPL about your progress from time to time along the way :)

I can see it now...a handcart subforum on BPL?

- Elizabeth

alastair humphreys
(alastairhumphreys) - MLife

Locale: UK
thanks Elizabeth on 09/25/2012 02:46:03 MDT Print View

Hi Elizabeth,
Thank you for your very kind words!

I am going to film this trip (more shudders of horror from the BPL community about the weight of camera gear I will carry! ;-0 ) and will write it up for my blog (
This is actually the third in a series of trips this year all exploring the feeling of remote wilderness expanses unchanged by man: rowing the Atlantic, ski trekking on the Greenland ice cap, and now this one.
I'm not sure yet if they merit a book. We'll have to wait and see....


Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: A desert crossing on 08/25/2013 15:40:09 MDT Print View

Y'all remember this thread?

Appears that Alastair survived to tell about it: The Empty Quarter Expedition

Soon as I saw the title I thought of Wilfred Thesiger's Arabian Sands ... sure enough, he opens with a Thesiger quote.

alastair humphreys
(alastairhumphreys) - MLife

Locale: UK
Backpacking Heavy... on 08/27/2013 03:26:34 MDT Print View

Ha! Thanks for that, Jim - yes I did survive!

You guys will be mortified at my 300kg cart, THREE cameras, and not to mention the mattresses we ended up with (
But it was a wonderful adventure. And thank you to everyone here, as always, for your knowledge and advice.

alastair humphreys
(alastairhumphreys) - MLife

Locale: UK
Video of the trip on 11/09/2015 09:30:27 MST Print View

In case anyone stumbles upon this old thread - here is the film I made from the trip. Thanks for your advice everyone - you'll see in the film I heeded none of it! ;-)

Heath Poulter
(hpoulter) - M

Locale: Southwest
Re on 11/09/2015 14:17:47 MST Print View

Very cool, I will have to watch the whole video once I am home tonight. I love it!

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Video of the trip on 11/09/2015 17:25:42 MST Print View

Nice film!

I've fancied myself a Thesiger fan for a long time ... but haven't been tempted to replicate his travels:-)

This obit tells a lot about his life:
Here's a short documentary:

Richard May

Locale: Swamplands.
Re: Video of the trip on 11/10/2015 07:14:00 MST Print View

Nice video! And what an adventure. I agree, meeting people is the best way to get to know a place.