Todd Carmichael, who planned to cross Death Valley in a move that would challenge three world records, called off the expedition yesterday after much deliberation. Carmichael had hoped to complete the longest open desert self-supported manhaul solo in history, with no outside help. That's 430 miles, pulling over 450 pounds of supplies, by himself. An update on the official web site stated that Carmichael has given up for now, and doesn't mention whether or not he will try again in the future. Carmichael most recently accomplished the first American crossing of the Antarctic, solo and unaided.
-- Lisa Lombardi