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The Naimb desert, located on Namibia’s western coast, is one of the oldest, driest, and most barren deserts on this planet. The terrain of the desert is varied, consisting of 1,200 foot sand dunes, rocky cliffs, and mountain ranges. 100 mph sand storms, searing hot days, and frigid nights are commonplace in the desert that was dubbed by early explorers as ‘The Gates of Hell.’ It is home to many different species of wildlife including lions, buffalo, black rhinos, hyenas, vipers, giraffes, ostrich, and elephants to name a few. Outside of a few indigenous tribes who have spent generations adapting themselves to the unforgiving conditions of the Namib Desert, this place was not meant to support human life.
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2018 Diamond Coast Trailer
| On May 23, 2018 Team Latitude 35, consisting of Jason Caldwell, Angus Collins, and Ian Couch, took off to set a World Record. Starting at the Ugab River, their original goal was to trek roughly 350 miles, completely unassisted, north to the Cunene River, which is located at the Angolan border. Trekking unassisted meant they could not take any outside help, whether it be food, water, or medical support. They carried enough food to last the entirety of the journey and planned on digging for their water. |
Roughly 10 miles into the first day, Ian began exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion. When his heart rate shot up to 177 bpm and wouldn’t come back down, Jason and Angus knew they needed to call for help. The support team came and provided Ian with the medical care he needed, which unfortunately disqualified him from the World Record.
On the third day, Angus began to exhibit signs of heat exhaustion as well. After losing consciousness twice, he finally consented to receiving the medical care he needed from the support team.
Now, Jason was forced to continue on alone. However, with the terrain of this route being much more difficult than originally planned and the trek becoming more dangerous to do alone, he decided to set a new goal of 130 miles. By the end of day 3, he had another 77 to go.
Jason Caldwell, appropriately nicknamed ‘The Walking Man’ by a few of the locals, trekked 137 miles in 7 days, unassisted, across an uncrossable desert, also known as ‘The Land God Made in Anger’, setting his second World Record.
Below, you will find information on the team, support staff, and camera crew responsible for successfully completing and documenting this world record attempt.