as a plan in 2002, it was the goal to set out with a 5-
or 6-person team to accomplish the following: 130 miles
of cycling, originating at Badwater, CA (282 feet below
sea level) and concluding at Lone Pine/Whitney Portal;
the entire cycling trip hosted in the heart of Death Valley.
Immediately followed by a 12-mile hike to the very summit
of Mount Whitney (14,495 feet above sea level).
entire trip would take the team from the lowest elevation
in the lower 48 of the United States to the very highest
elevation in the lower 48 in just a matter of days.
to unforeseen circumstances (and the birth of triplets),
the team was eventually whittled down to two men: Chuck
Fabijanic and Gus Gardner. They accomplished this initial
plan in September of 2003.
that time, there have been plans to re-accomplish this
same cycling/hiking feat with a larger group and in a
faster time. The following team members completed this
journey from September 23 -29: Chuck Fabijanic, Keith
Sherwood and Lee Hoedl.
September 2004 adventure took this eventual three-men
team (seen below) through temperatures ranging from 100
degrees (fall middays in Death Valley) to 30 degrees (fall
evenings on Mount Whitney). For more more images of this
adventure, go to the 2004