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Death Valley w/ Andrew Chater {English - Bookpacking}

Come visit the lowest point in North America before hitting rock bottom in Leavey this midterm season!!

We’ll be camping at Trona Pinnacles Friday night and spending Saturday and Sunday in Death Valley - lots of desert romping, chill car camping, good snacking. Game plan is to depart Friday afternoon to reach the Trona Pinnacles in the evening and camping there for the night feat. beautiful stars and pointy, ominous rocks (sp00ky). The next morning, we'll head to Death Valley to visit the visitor's center for that good good merch and then explore the park for the rest of the weekend. Items on the itinerary include Artist’s Palette, Badwater Basin, Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes (da doooooons at sunset), a moderate hike along Dante’s Ridge and/or a moderate hike through Mosaic Canyon, plus more - but hey we’re ~ fleXibLe ~ too. We should return to campus around 5 or 6 on Sunday.


  • Sleeping bag + pad

  • H2O - at least 2 wattterrrrr bottles, it’s going to be spicy out

  • Mess kit

  • Hiking shoes & clothes - ya know?

  • Toothbrush & general life items

  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat


  • Loaner gear for anyone who doesn’t have a sleeping bag, etc.

  • Tents, stoves, etc. #gear #gear #gear

  • Meals & snaxx (Friday dinner - Sunday breakfast)

  • At least one (1) weird playlist that Delaney wants to be 75% Taylor Swift and Weezy wants to be 100% 80s hard rock, countless bad jokes, and our services as your Instagram husbands for the weekend


PROFESSOR: Andrew Chater


Andrew Chater is a six-time BAFTA award-winning BBC TV historian and presenter. Educated at Cambridge University, he joined the BBC in 1988 and has made over 50 films, mostly historical in subject, for primetime and educational audiences in the UK and USA. You’ve probably heard that he teaches classes at USC on "Bookpacking" - an innovative form of literary adventure using novels as portals through which to explore US regional history and culture. Read more here:

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PEAK: Death Valley & Trona Pinnacles


SCENERY: Hotter than hell. (But probably not during the weekend we’re going.) Sand dunes and rocks and deserts, oh my!

FUN FACT: Death Valley is the largest national park south of Alaska (about the size of Connecticut)!

We’ll be seeing where some of the Tatooine scenes in A New Hope and Return of the Jedi were filmed in Death Valley!!!!!

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TRIP LEADS: Delaney & Weezy

Your favorite French class dropouts!! Just two girls who LOVE water & trees, yet somehow keep finding themselves headed to the desert - in this case to the driest place in North America 🤡

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