It’s summer time again, which means it’s time to head to Death Valley again. While I wouldn’t go there for vacation at this time of year, I will go there to photograph athletes that come there to test their toughness against it. It’s time for the Badwater Ultramarathon, http://www.badwater.com, a 135 mile race from Badwater, Death Valley, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere (-280 Ft) to Mt. Whitney Portals (8300 Ft). The race covers 13,000 ft. of climbing with 4,700 ft. of descent.
Many wonder how I can survive in the heat with my Multiple Sclerosis (MS). It is predicted to be 120˚ F for the start on Monday, a little warmer than the last couple of years but cooler then the 127˚ in the past. Heat is one of the most complained about problems associated with MS. Most people with MS don’t like temperatures over the mid 70’s. While I don’t enjoy the heat, it doesn’t bother me anymore than it does normal people. So, will it will be extremely hot, I won’t suffer anymore than the rest out there.
- 3 Nikon Bodies: D2X, D3 & D800E
- Lenses from 17mm to 500mm
- Flash Equipment: Flash Units, remote triggers, Light Stand, Unbrella, reflectors & Other modifiers
- Light Meter
- GPS Units
- Many memory cards
- White Balance Units
- Computers for backup and communications
- Lots of tape, you never know
- Batteries and battery chargers and spare AA batteries
- Radios for personal communications
- Bag with all the cable you need
- Knife, flash lights
- Hats, sunglasses, knee pads and tone of Sun screen.
This is most of what I have already assembled though there will be a few more things added as I get ready.
Hope to post a few blogs during the race, though most of the time we aren’t near normal cell service.