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Andrew Skurka
(askurka) - F
Skurka from the Hayduke Trail on 02/25/2009 16:18:05 MST Print View

Hey all -

Just a quick "Hi" from Escalante Outfitters in Escalante, UT, near Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monumnet. 328 miles down, some 470 to go. Making good time, about 1.5 days ahead of pace right now.

It's been a good last few days, but about a week ago, for the days before and after Hite, I was having a heck of a time. The Hayduke had me on my knees begging for mercy -- there were a few days when I woke up in the morning, I thought (again) that it might be my last. I was having specific trouble with Class 4 scrambles that were covered in snow in order to get around pour-offs in Butlter Wash and Youngs Canyon... And my shoes (a pair of Vasques that I was testing for the Boa lacing system) completely disintegrated, with big rips that I had to patch together with Krazy Glu, SilNet, and duct tape. So much for reliabibility on technical smearing...

Carried my snowshoes for the last 180 miles but never needed them, so now I am going to ship them home becuse I don't feel like carrying them anymore. I would definitely need them in Bryce NP (I thought I would need them in the Henry Mtns but did not) but I am going to bypass that section -- this is just not a snowshoe trip, period.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Skurka on 02/25/2009 16:45:32 MST Print View

How do you deal with a shoe issue like this? Replace them in return for web access at a good outfitter?

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Skurka from the Hayduke Trail on 02/25/2009 17:39:20 MST Print View

You know, I saw this post earlier today and didn't think anything of it...I mean, the guy walked across the continent. I just now googled the Hayduke Trail (yes, i had not heard of it) and read the website - WOW, is all I can say. Keep us up to date!!!

For those interested:

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Skurka from the Hayduke Trail on 02/25/2009 21:31:08 MST Print View

Details of Brian Frankle's 2005 hike can be found Here.

A most enjoyable read.

te - wa
(mikeinfhaz) - F

Locale: Phoenix
Skurka on 02/25/2009 22:15:09 MST Print View

Andy, maybe we can meet again when you come down my way... I still owe you that meatball sandwich!
peace, and happy hiking. Mike

Ben Klocek
(benklocek) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: SF Bay Area
Hayduke in BPL Print Mag #4 on 02/25/2009 22:29:28 MST Print View

There's also a great article in Backpackinglight Issue 4 on page 18. Hardcore! Go Andrew!

(strong806) - F
Re: Vasques on 02/26/2009 11:22:03 MST Print View

I have the Vasque Aethertech SS's and the BOA lacing is more fragile than I anticipated. My laces are still intact but I've worn numerous holes in the shoes and the plastic side panels had to be cut off due to coming lose.

I think the plastics of a BOA system make it more brittle and fragile overall. Since I only have the use of one hand they make life easier for me though.

Glad to hear your booking it down the trail Skurka!

Rod Guajardo
(Rod_G) - F

Locale: Central Texas
Skurka from the Hayduke Trai on 02/26/2009 12:57:38 MST Print View


Did you take your SPOT with you? If so, do you have SPOTcasting turned on so we could track your progress via the website?

Have a great hike,

Michael Landman
(malndman) - F

Locale: Central NC, USA
The Route through GCNP... on 02/27/2009 09:31:06 MST Print View

How the heck do you cross the Colorado after the descent from Nankoweap? Wait for a nice raft party?

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: The Route through GCNP... on 02/27/2009 10:33:45 MST Print View

"How the heck do you cross the Colorado after the descent from Nankoweap? Wait for a nice raft party?"

Yep. And if you make it easy, by locating at an eddy where they can get to you after they see you, it's a done deal. But don't expect them to pull upstream just to give you a lift.

The hard part is getting out after drinking a beer. ;-)

Andrew Skurka
(askurka) - F
From the South Rim on 03/09/2009 11:58:17 MDT Print View

Reporting from the South Rim. 4 min left on internet time.

All is going well. 182 miles left, all of which should be really exciting. Can't wait to get on the Esplande out there around Great Thumb Mesa.

Done in a week...

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: From the South Rim on 03/09/2009 12:31:35 MDT Print View

Way to go Andy.

Impressive as usual.

Did you hike Up to the South Rim to make this report, intending to then hike back down and continue?

If so ...

Andrew Skurka
(askurka) - F
Done! on 03/17/2009 19:58:50 MDT Print View

Hey all -

Finished up earlier today and getting geared up for another RRR run tomorrow (funny timing with the article being published this week -- I had written it based on my experinece last April doing RRR).

Very climatic end of the hike. The Esplanade is the best layer of the GC, from what I can tell -- great views, and great hiking, especially west of Great Thumb. Too bad so many people get out that way -- the side canyons of Olo, Matkat, 140 Mile are total playgrounds.

Won't be back in Colorado until the wee hour of Monday morning, and I hope to have some pictures and other things posted throughout next week. Video too.

Jonathan Ryan
(Jkrew81) - F - M

Locale: White Mtns
Re: Done! on 03/18/2009 06:29:06 MDT Print View

Great job Andy, look forward to the pix....

Chris Schoen
(WalkinChris) - F
RE.done on 03/21/2009 19:51:18 MDT Print View

yeah cant wait to see the video.
greetz from germany =P

(strong806) - F
Re: Hayduke on 03/30/2009 20:20:16 MDT Print View

Man the Teaser Photos!

We want the whole enchilada.

Can't wait to check out a full update.

Julian Plamann
(julianp) - F

Locale: San Francisco
Hayduke Trail on 03/31/2009 23:46:29 MDT Print View

Those teaser photos look great! I hadn't even heard of the Hayduke Trail until I ran across this thread. The way it looks from those few pictures alone, I've got another long distance trail to add to my to-do list.

Andrew Skurka
(askurka) - F
All content online on 04/10/2009 00:28:08 MDT Print View

I finally got around to making a video from all of my clips tonight. You can view it here:

Pictures and other content went up earlier this week on my personal site:

I'm hoping to get working on the Hayduke Trail mapset this week, though completing my taxes takes precedent first.

Edited by askurka on 04/10/2009 00:29:16 MDT.

Dondo .

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: All content online on 04/10/2009 10:54:41 MDT Print View

Great stuff, Andy! I really enjoyed your video. It was entertaining and seems to capture the spirit of your journey.

A quick gear question. Y-stakes are listed in your gear list. I've also relied on Y-stakes on the Colorado Plateau but even they tend to pull out of the soft soil in windy conditions. Often I'll tie off to bushes or rocks. How do you get the stakes to hold? Thanks.

Andrew Skurka
(askurka) - F
Y-stakes on 04/10/2009 10:58:39 MDT Print View

On the 5 occasions when I set up my shelter, the Y-stakes held well, no problems. I think the key is planting them deep, and in something that is more stable than beach sand. Putting heavy rocks on the top of the stakes helps a lot too.