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The Deadliest Shortcut
A True Story
By: Lee Bergthold

Pending Publication

...A 35 day survival trek from the Great Salt Lake Desert, Utah to Battle Mountain, Nevada.


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Various trips are scheduled for the balance of spring 2021.  Check the Calendar section for details regarding cost and itinerary -- more information on request.  Click here for a complete list of trips.

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The Night of the Triangle - cover

The Night of the Triangle
by Lee Bergthold

Available Now!

A 35 day, cross-country trek that challenged endurance levels of a trio of die-hard adventurers--a 350 mile sojourn across the notorious badlands of Death Valley, and beyond, southward to the fetid shores of the Salton Sink (Sea).

After forging their way across the desert-parched backcountry of Death Valley, real-life survival became a reality as the threesome continued southward beyond Death Valley, across seldom-mentioned desert lands: The Wingate Wash, the Owlshead and Avawatz Moutains, the scraggly sand dune country beyond Zzyzx, the Devil's Playground, the God-forsaken Bristol Dry Lake Bed, the Pinto Mountains, and finally the bone-strewn shoreline of the Salton Sea. Thrity-five days, 350 miles, almost a death-wish were it not for the overpowering will to live, to survive.

$19.95 - available for purchase at CreateSpace, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.


Also Available

To Walk Away From Battle Mountain

The true account of two, modern-day explorers, and their 350-mile trek across the harsh badlands of Nevada desert.

$18.95 - available for purchase at CreateSpace, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

There Must Have Been an Angel

An epic 125 mile cross-country trek—280 degree direct route compass heading—that took two men from Badwater, Death Valley (282 feet below sea level) to the summit of Mt. Whitney (14,495 feet).

$15.95 - available for purchase at CreateSpace, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

“I thought someone was out there ready to grab me off to Hell never to be seen again. I went into the metal house, where I saw the figure of a head on the wall, so I quickly crawled inside my sleeping bag where I stayed the rest of the night...”
– Reney Enguita 

Read the Article
The Mystery of Clair Camp
from the
Winter 2001
Panamint Press

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