Andrew Skurka Begins Alaska-Yukon Expedition

9:02 a.m. on March 15, 2010 (EDT)
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Boulder-based uber-hiker Andrew Skurka has begun his 6.5-month, 4,720-mile journey around Alaska and the Yukon, by skis, foot, and pack raft, almost entirely off-trail, through some of North America’s most rugged wilderness. On Saturday, Skurka landed in Kotzebue, Alaska, north of the Arctic Circle, and yesterday he began skiing southward toward the Iditarod Trail. Forecast high: –15°F. If all goes well, he’ll return to Kotzebue around the end of September, having averaged more than 23 miles per day. Surely one of the most ambitious outdoor adventures ever conceived.

-Colorado Mojo

Good luck, Andrew.

12:27 a.m. on March 16, 2010 (EDT)
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I was lucky enough to meet Andrew 2 years ago. He is a great guy and I love reading about his adventures!

8:20 a.m. on March 16, 2010 (EDT)
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In fall of 2007, when Skurka did his Great Western Loop, I got an invite as editor/writer for this site to join him for a brief section (to meet, interview, cover the story, etc). I was tempted to go, but the timing that month was off as I was throwing up daily and taking multiple naps just to get through the days with morning (well all-day) sickness. I was not in the best form, which was too bad.

9:54 a.m. on March 16, 2010 (EDT)
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My dad took me to see his presentation of that trip here in Bozeman that BPL put on. Next day he did a "Lightweight" clinic for folks with Ryan Jordan. I got to sit in his packraft and feel important ;)

10:39 a.m. on March 17, 2010 (EDT)
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is there some sort of web site were we can keep track of him?

1:26 p.m. on March 17, 2010 (EDT)
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I read that he is going to try and update his twitter account via sat phone periodically. Also, all the media for the trip is going through National Geographic Adventure, so they will post info about Skurka on their blog. Both sites and Skurka's site are linked at the bottom. As you can probably tell, I am living vicariously through Skurka's adventure for the time being. Medical school doesn't allow for much in the way of backcountry adventure so I must get my fix somewhere! I have learned a lot from Skurka's website and look forward to seeing what comes out of this adventure as he pushes the envelope of light weight backpacking.

Go Skurka!

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