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What's in a name? Alaska 2010 finalists
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Andrew Skurka
(askurka) - F
What's in a name? Alaska 2010 finalists on 12/16/2009 22:36:54 MST Print View

In the next hour I'd like to finalize the name of my 2010 project. Below are the finalists. Thoughts please...

Alaskan Wilderness Experience (AWE)
-or- Alaskan Wilderness Epic (AWE)

Alaskan Epic Odyssey (AEO)

Alaska-Brooks Circuit (ABC)

Alaskan Ranges Epic Adventure (AREA)

Alaska Four-Thousand (AK4K)

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Re: What's in a name? Alaska 2010 finalists on 12/16/2009 22:44:54 MST Print View

I like:

Alaskan Wilderness Epic (AWE)
Alaska Four-Thousand (AK4K) - AK4K has a nice ring to it.

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Re: What's in a name? Alaska 2010 finalists on 12/16/2009 22:52:41 MST Print View

I think I prefer this one:

Alaska Four-Thousand (AK4K)

Chris Morgan
(ChrisMorgan) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
Re: Re: What's in a name? Alaska 2010 finalists on 12/16/2009 22:53:36 MST Print View

+1 AK4K

Peter Sustr
(czechxpress) - F - M

Locale: Boulder
Name on 12/16/2009 22:54:49 MST Print View

Alaska Four-Thousand (AK4K) has my vote

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
AREA and AWE on 12/16/2009 22:59:11 MST Print View

What happened to "The Great Anti-Social Death Wish" and "When Hell Freezes Over?" Along those lines I had thought of "Andy's Death March" and "The Great Race to the next Food Drop" or "The Most Extreme Way to Wear Out a Closet Full of Shoes."

On a serious note I like Alaska Wilderness Epic and Alaska Ranges Epic Advanture they're easy to say and make sense.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
AK4K on 12/16/2009 23:03:04 MST Print View

Never mind I'm changing my mind. I like AK4K better too. I vote for that.

D S
(onthecouchagain) - MLife

Locale: Sunny SoCal
+1 (AK4K) on 12/16/2009 23:03:50 MST Print View

Simple, descriptive...nuff said.

Andrew Skurka
(askurka) - F
Re: +1 (AK4K) on 12/16/2009 23:06:45 MST Print View

A consensus seems to be forming.

What happens if the trip ends up being 4,500 miles? Do I use kilometers instead? AK8K

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Yukon on 12/16/2009 23:12:15 MST Print View

The only problem with AK4K (or really any of these names) is that a lot of this trip (roughly 1/3) is outside AK in the Yukon....not that I have a good suggestion that incorporates this....maybe AKYK4K but that's getting long and awkward. It looks more like a postal code than a trip name.

Edited by dandydan on 12/16/2009 23:15:14 MST.

Andrew Skurka
(askurka) - F
Re: Yukon on 12/16/2009 23:17:15 MST Print View

I received a few names that incorporated the Yukon.

"ALKON," a play on the Alcan Highway

And numerous names including "Last Frontier." So, "Last Frontier Wilderness Epic," etc.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Yukon problem on 12/16/2009 23:23:21 MST Print View

The only idea I can think of to fix the Yukon problem would be something like "Artic 4000" but that might sound too much like "Artic 600" and besides to be technical a lot of the trip is not really above the artic circle. "Alaska-Yukon Trek" sounds more like a tour company to me. I say stay with AK4K.

D S
(onthecouchagain) - MLife

Locale: Sunny SoCal
+1, +1 (AK4K) on 12/16/2009 23:27:54 MST Print View

I mean really, what's an additional 500 miles anyway? Well, Ok...so it is a lot, but it's all in the name!

Edited by onthecouchagain on 12/16/2009 23:29:29 MST.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: What's in a name? Alaska 2010 finalists on 12/16/2009 23:34:30 MST Print View

Great North American Loop (GNAL)

Great North American Trek (GNAT)

Great Alaskan Loop

Great Alaskan Trek

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Re: What's in a name? Alaska 2010 finalists on 12/16/2009 23:53:05 MST Print View

AWE is too similar to a guiding outfitter up there.

ABC doesn't make much sense to me.

"Epic" isn't a term I'm a fan of. Especially as it can be a positive or a negative.

I like AK4K

Peter Sustr
(czechxpress) - F - M

Locale: Boulder
name on 12/16/2009 23:56:23 MST Print View

you can always go with the YukonK8K

Edited by czechxpress on 12/16/2009 23:56:57 MST.

joe newton
(holdfast)

Locale: Bergen, Norway
Re: name on 12/17/2009 02:41:20 MST Print View

another vote for AK4K

Andrew Skurka
(askurka) - F
Decided on 12/17/2009 07:43:10 MST Print View

Okay, I get the point. Not sure it will end up being AK4K or AK8K or something else, but this structure is the winner. Thanks a guys.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
What's in a name? Alaska 2010 finalists on 12/17/2009 14:23:04 MST Print View

Epic is far too over-used lately. I do like the AK4K-style naming convention.

Andrew Skurka
(askurka) - F
What about Last Frontier? on 12/17/2009 14:30:54 MST Print View

Approximately one-third of the route (about 1,500 miles) are in the Yukon. That's a lot of miles to ignore, don't you think?

You guys clearly like the structure of the AK4K -- it's got a nice ring and it's descriptive.

If we keep it descriptive while including the Yukon, what do we get?

"Last Frontier Four-Thousand"

"Wild Yukon Four-Thousand" (in reference namely to the river, which I'm essentially circumnavigating)

Some reference to the total number of road crossings, e.g. "Ten Roads Four-Thousand"