The Dune Team awoke on Day : 1 to the magnificent view of Mt. Whitney standing at 14,505 ft above sea level. After breakfast was served and camp broken down, Destination : Dune officially began. The team traversed fairly easy dirt roads from the snow peaked views of the Sierra's to the sandy floor of Death Valley.
As the team approached what was to be base camp for Day : 1, a violent sand storm hit the convoy. 65mph winds battered against the vehicles and the team. Not to be deterred by mother nature, most of members geared up for a challenging summit of the United States second highest sand dunes, standing at 3,540 feet above sea level.
A decision was made to not set base camp at the dunes, as originally planned. To avoid the weather, the team pulled out maps and picked an unfamiliar road that lead back into hilly terrain. The hope was that the team could escape the windy conditions. A risky move, however, as the sun was setting and the team did not want to be off roading unknown trails past dark if it could be avoided. The gamble paid off. A gem of a spot was found, shielded from the wind and at the opening of a large abandoned gold mine, base camp was set. It didn't take the team long before headlamps and spare flashlights were thrown into packs. Naturally, the mine had to be explored.
Day : 2 brought some of the hardest off roading of the trip and the largest decline in elevation as the team made it's way down a famous rocky pass. Winches were deployed and every vehicle made it through without issue. Lunch break was conducted near a famous landmark and signs of the valley below started to creep into view as the team pressed on.
Day : 2 morning temp = 20 degrees. Day : 3 morning temp = 52 degrees. A welcomed change as the team was eager to explore the surrounding area. Leaving base camp the team, again, tackled another famous off roading trail. Taking time to enjoy the views and maneuver the tight turns, eventually dropping a famous desert playa.
Many new prototypes were tested on Day : 3. The input received helped make design changes that ultimately attributed to building better products. Many of the prototypes tested during Destination : Dune will hit the market within the next 30 days. The Destination : Dune participants also walked away with a rare product that was heavily used the evening of Day : 1. The infamous and elusive Shag Master Blanket.
Camp life was filled with laughter, great food, cold drinks, and tall tales of humor and adventure. The Destination : Dune team quickly became family over the course of the 3 day expedition. Much like Destination : Granite, a bond among the team members formed quickly under the shared experiences the team encountered over the 3 days. From snowy peaks to sand storms, abandonded mines to gut wrenching over roading trails, from below freezing temps to blistering desert sun, Destination : Dune took 15 strangers from 8 different states and brought them all together under the shared desire to live more adventurous lifestyles.
Destination : Dune will return in 2018.
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