In April 2010, Andrew Skurka skied from the Rohn Road House across the Central Alaska Range to Cantwell. In 14 days Andrew Skurka covered 280 miles. This was just one segment of his larger 4,700 mile Alaska Yukon Expedition. Andrew will be in Jackson to talk about his experiences on Wednesday, March 16th, from 6:30-9:30 at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. A question and answer session will follow the presentation and an assortment of Skurkaâ€™s lightweight backpacking gear will be on display.
Campsite and bedding on Day 73, May 25, on the Copper River.
In his presentation, Skurka shares this journeyâ€™s most important and powerful stories, supplemented with stunning photos and entertaining video. He also reflects on the broader significance of this experience and of his other adventures (which cumulatively measure 30,000+ miles), with particular attention to setting goals, seizing opportunities, stepping outside comfort zones, and finding humility and happiness in life.
Andrew Skurkaâ€™ was named National Geographic’s “Adventurer of the Year” and “Backpacker of the Year” by Backpacker Magazine, and his Alaska-Yukon Expeditions was his most recent and audacious adventure yet. For 6 straight months, Skurka skied, trekked, and packrafted 4,700 miles in a giant loop around Alaska and Canadaâ€™s Yukon. His route passed just beneath Mt. McKinley, descended famed rivers like the Copper and Yukon, and traversed the Brooks Range. During the most remote stretch across the Yukon Arctic and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), he went 650 miles without crossing a road and 24 days without seeing another human.
To me, it seems insane to ski so far and not have a single actual ski decent, but to each his own I guess. Epic mission though non-the-less. For more information of this upcoming event in Jackson, click here.