Oven mitts and ice: An AP photographer experiences 128-degree heat in Death Valley

  • Article by: CHRIS CARLSON , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 28, 2013 - 6:00 PM

FURNACE CREEK, Calif. — Associated Press photographer Chris Carlson is no stranger to heat. He grew up just outside Palm Springs, Calif. On Friday, he returned to his desert roots, leaving his home near Los Angeles and driving to the hottest place on earth on one of the hottest days of the year. Below, he describes what it is like to be in triple digit heat in Death Valley:

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carlbsJun. 28, 13 7:34 PM

I was at Death Valley at 110 degrees and to tell you the truth, it didn't seem that bad. But I'll bet 128 is a different story.

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lowertaxesJun. 28, 13 7:36 PM

Over react much? Try being a Marine at 29 Palms for a summer........or Bhagdad.

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citypersonJun. 28, 1310:08 PM

So this 77* with 110% humidity isn't all that bad.

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raineyrooJun. 28, 1310:57 PM

I have to agree with lower taxes that this is an overreaction. While I didn't serve in the military, I did hike from Badwater to the Panamint' s back in July of 2012. If you can lug 50-60 lbs of gear & water, it's not too bad. Pushing yourself & seeing a whole cornucopia of stars (something that I haven't seen since being in the Grenadines) is so worth it.

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gerrymanderJun. 28, 1311:33 PM

Try 40 below here tough guy.

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ljfromminJun. 29, 1312:01 AM

North Dakota. 1936. 121 degrees. Get over it.

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