Andrew Skurka's trip?
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Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Andrew Skurka's trip? on 03/15/2010 12:40:34 MDT Print View

Not sure if this is the best forum for this, but is there any information about whether Andrew Skurka started his Alaskan trip on time?

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: Andrew Skurka's trip? on 03/15/2010 13:10:37 MDT Print View

He's posting on twitter via sat phone.

This is the latest couple in reverse order (newest first):

Motel tonight. Plan 34-mi push tom to cabin. High to be 15 below; low, -25. Tough start: last wk, 75 deg in Mass. Confident I can do this.

Just landed in kotz. -25 below, ouch. Intimidating landscape - snow and ice covered tundra, flat and windswept, no lights beyond village

His page is http://twitter.com/andrewskurka

Edited by simplespirit on 03/15/2010 13:10:54 MDT.

Joseph Reeves
(Umnak)

Locale: Southeast Alaska
re: Andrew Skurka trip on 03/15/2010 13:20:12 MDT Print View

I've got friends looking for his arrival in Buckland and Koyuk. It has been very cold in that country the past few days, but is supposed to warm up a bit mid week.

Andrew Skurka
(askurka) - F
NG on 03/24/2010 22:07:35 MDT Print View

Twitter, Facebook, and a blog on National Geographic.

In Unalakleet. Sunny and brisk temps, very windy. Heading inland tomorrow, right into a headwind. Glad to be going where there are more trees -- it's been tough to ever get out of the wind, which always seems strong around here.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: NG on 03/24/2010 22:51:36 MDT Print View

Congrats!
and Onward...

Thanks for posting here!
Looking forward to more, if and when you can..
What an amazing journey...

National Geographic Blog

Edited by greg23 on 03/24/2010 22:58:35 MDT.

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
NG on 03/25/2010 07:19:46 MDT Print View

You go, Andy! We're all watching your progress with envy and admiration.

Angela Zukowski
(AngelaZ) - F

Locale: New England
Re: NG on 03/25/2010 07:37:43 MDT Print View

This is just flat-out awesome. Thanks for documenting - it's really nice to follow along.

cat morris
(catt) - F

Locale: Alaska
Alaska Ho! on 03/26/2010 16:27:14 MDT Print View

Well, this is certainly very exciting! He's doing the Iditarod trail in reverse I guess right now.

Thanks for the twitter link.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Alaska Ho! on 03/26/2010 16:41:17 MDT Print View

The Iditarod mushers have a strong team of powerful dogs. Skurka is on his own.

--B.G.--

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: NG on 03/26/2010 17:43:42 MDT Print View

one step at a time : )

good luck!

Jeremy Gustafson
(gustafsj) - MLife

Locale: Minneapolis
Alaska-Yukon Expedition: Becoming a Lean, Mean Adventuring Machine on 04/02/2010 14:06:23 MDT Print View

From Andy Skurka in the National Geographic Blog

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April 1, Day 19, Mile 500.8
Posted from Ruby, Alaska

I'm almost three weeks into this trip, and today I feel much more hardened than I did when I landed pre-dawn in Kotzebue 500 miles ago. The process of morphing from just an aspiring adventurer into a lean, mean adventuring machine has three components: physical, mechanical, and mental...

Read more at National Geographic Blog

Edited by sharalds on 04/09/2010 07:54:48 MDT.

Joseph Reeves
(Umnak)

Locale: Southeast Alaska
miles on 04/02/2010 14:59:59 MDT Print View

My math is a bit rusty, but it looks like he is doing 26 miles a day. I'm thinking of a DNA scan when he gets to Southeast to see if he really is human.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"Andrew Skurka's trip?" on 04/02/2010 15:08:22 MDT Print View

This is great stuff. He's a beast.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Skurka's miles on 04/02/2010 18:44:58 MDT Print View

Amazing mileage!

Hope he will get plenty of good food to eat at the next town.

Jeremy Gustafson
(gustafsj) - MLife

Locale: Minneapolis
Alaska-Yukon Expedition: From the Bering Sea to (Almost) the Alaska Range on 04/08/2010 10:45:56 MDT Print View

Another post from Andrew on the National Geographic Blog

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April 7 , Day 25
Posted from Takotna, Alaska

What I've Seen: From Bering Sea to (Almost) the Alaska Range
From Unalakleet I followed the historic Kaltag portage route, an 80-mile connector between the the Bering Sea and the Alaskan interior. I was greatly looking forward to heading inland—the bitter temps and winds combined with a shortage of naturally sheltered areas had really worn on me. The landscape changed noticeably as I move east away from the coast. I started in barren tundra, transitioned into textbook taiga, and finished among large spruces and even stands of birch. The 30-mph winds receded somewhere in there, too, which may actually have had more to do with the weather fronts, but it nonetheless added to the effect...

Please visit the NGA blog for more

Edited by sharalds on 04/09/2010 07:55:35 MDT.

Andrew Skurka
(askurka) - F
Re: Alaska-Yukon Expedition: From the Bering Sea to (Almost) the Alaska Range on 04/08/2010 22:07:42 MDT Print View

From McGrath.

Pls remove the NG posts from this forum. Linking to them is fine but I'm sure the NG folks wouldn't appreciate them being copied here. Thanks.

If anyone wants to check my DNA there's a pile of puke between Ruby and Takotna that I'm sure has plenty of my double helixes. Indeed I'm human.

Taking a day off tomorrow. Have a package in Nikolai, 50 mi away, and the PO is closed this weekend. And I could use a day to regain some strength and weight -- I basically went 3 days without eating or drinking anything, and somewhat zombie-skied about 100 miles during that. I look way too skinny for this point in the trip -- I'd be nervous if I looked like this in Juneau, never mind in McGrath.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Re: Alaska-Yukon Expedition: From the Bering Sea to (Almost) the Alaska Range on 04/09/2010 04:17:48 MDT Print View

Wise decision to rest and eat.

Hope you make a speedy recovery.

Jeremy Gustafson
(gustafsj) - MLife

Locale: Minneapolis
Re: Alaska-Yukon Expedition: From the Bering Sea to (Almost) the Alaska Range on 04/09/2010 07:00:29 MDT Print View

Sorry about that... didn't think it would be a problem to copy as long as I referenced the source.

Will post a link in the future.

Enjoy your rest day!!

Jeremy Gustafson
(gustafsj) - MLife

Locale: Minneapolis
Alaska-Yukon Expedition: Finally Into the Wilderness, the Most Challenging Terrain Begins Now on 04/12/2010 07:59:46 MDT Print View

Another National Geographic blog post...

Alaska-Yukon Expedition: Finally Into the Wilderness, the Most Challenging Terrain Begins Now

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Skurka's Alaska-Yukon Expedition on 05/04/2010 20:16:13 MDT Print View

On Roman Dial's site
Forrest McCarthy put together a Great Video on Skurka.
It is the third one down – Run to the Hills (as of 5/4/10 – it will drift down over time)
So humbling…

Edited by greg23 on 05/04/2010 20:17:18 MDT.