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Evan Tanner could die in the desert

Evan Tanner


"I'm hoping that very soon I'll be sitting out in the quiet of the desert beneath a deep blue midnight sky, listening to the calm desert breeze. The idea going into the desert came to me soon after I moved to Oceanside. It was motivated by my friend Sara's talk of treasure hunting and lost gold, and my own insatiable appetite for adventure and exploration. I began to imagine what might be found in the deep reaches of the untracked desert. It became an obsession of sorts.... I've been gathering my gear for this adventure for over a month, not a long time by most standards, but far too long for my impatient nature. Being a minimalist by nature, wanting to carry only the essentials, and being extremely particular, it has been a little difficult to find just the right equipment. I plan on going so deep into the desert, that any failure of my equipment, could cost me my life. I've been doing a great deal of research and study. I want to know all I can about where I'm going, and I want to make sure I have the best equipment. One more week. I think one more week, and I'll be ready to go."

Evan Tanner -- who has dropped his last two fights since making a comeback to the sport earlier this year -- plans his latest adventure. The former middleweight champion is a nomad, traveling to all corners of the United States and beyond and sharing his experiences via the Web. He has indicated that before he returns to action he needs to address some medical problems that could have affected his most recent performances. That will likely take place when he emerges from the desert ... maybe.

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