“This trip wasn’t a race. It was 178 back-to-back marathons,” Andrew Skurka says. “Some miles whizzed by, like when I was rafting the Yukon River. Others seemed to go on forever, such as when I was wallowing in rotten snow and tangled up in alder in the Alaska Range. I learned quickly that I couldn’t force it. If nature had other plans, I had to adjust.”
~ Andrew Skurka – National Geographic “Adventurer of the Year”
I FINALLY have a copy of this very cool March edition of National Geographic that features Andrew Skurka’s 4,679 mile hike, ski, and raft circling through Alaska’s eight national parks and dozens of mountain ranges. He did this all in 176 days.
I had so much fun following Skurka’s long distance travel this last summer on Facebook (when I wasn’t on the trail myself, of course). He talked of rotten snow, hunger, resupply, gear, thankfulness, beauty, route changes, decisions, food, the challenges, people, and of course the danger. It was just the best.
I was first introduced to this famous guide and outdoor adventurer a few years ago on his website. The website is organized, has complete gear lists, and a plethora of ultra-light backpacking information. Also, the site is home of the famous and my favorite the Fancy Feast Backpacking Alcohol Stove . I credit Skurka for starting my quest to go lighter, faster, and longer.
A couple of years ago, I contacted Andrew when I was backpacking The Sierra High Route, a challenging, cross-country higher elevation version of the famous John Muir Trail to buy his map pack available on his website. Go figure… he was right in the middle of one of his adventures, but still took the time to email me and have the CD sent! The maps were helpful and his tips accurate.
This gentleman is truly inspirational and amazing. I thought the article was good…but really… how could a magazine article ever do justice to a feat this immense? You can read the full article Alaska Yukon Trek on the National Geographic website, but you might just want a copy for yourself.
Anyone have similar thoughts?
BTW: My dream trip…going on a Skurka guided trip in the Wind River Range!