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Andrew Skurka
(askurka) - F
Speaking at National Geographic HQ on March 14 on 03/02/2011 20:50:09 MST Print View

I think it's reasonable to say that this is the most important presentation I've ever made.

Monday, March 14
National Geographic HQ, Washington DC

Details and tickets:

Please introduce yourself if you make it. Alan Dixon will be in the house too, as will Ron Bell from Mountain Laurel Designs.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Speaking at National Geographic HQ on March 14 on 03/02/2011 20:53:02 MST Print View

Very cool. Will definitely try to make this! Thanks for the heads up.

Joey Dawson
(inabag) - F

Locale: Northern VA
Can't wait on 03/03/2011 08:46:06 MST Print View

I bought tickets weeks ago, can't wait.

Could you expand on what the format of the presentation is going to be? Also will there be opportunity for questions and any sort of meet and greet?

Andrew Skurka
(askurka) - F
Re: Can't wait on 03/03/2011 09:32:29 MST Print View

I'll talk for about 50-60 minutes. It's a mix of slides and video clips, mostly the former. There'll be Q&A afterwards, 10-15 minutes, then a meet-and-greet in the lobby after that. They'll probably have me signing magazines too.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Speaking at National Geographic HQ on March 14 on 03/03/2011 10:16:59 MST Print View

That would be cool. We were talking about taking a trip to DC that week for spring break, but it turned out to be a little pricy. Too bad the mother-in-law doesn't still have houses up there. Anyway...........good luck. And like my wife always tells me, "don't screw up"!

Edited by skinewmexico on 03/03/2011 10:17:36 MST.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Speaking at National Geographic HQ on March 14 - Joe on 03/03/2011 10:42:19 MST Print View

If you don't mind mounds of dog hair everywhere and blow up mattresses, you can stay with me.

Ben Egan

Locale: The Grid, Brooklyn
very cool on 03/03/2011 11:16:11 MST Print View

Good luck, have fun!

Dan Magdoff
(highsierraguy) - F

Locale: Northern California
sounds awesome! on 03/03/2011 23:37:12 MST Print View

Oh man, I wish I could go...that sounds like it would be awesome!... but I am stoked to be going to Belize at that time. I would especially love to hear what you have to say since I am doing a trip in Alaska this summer. Cant wait to read the article.

Good luck! and I am jealous of everyone who gets to go!

Dug Shelby
(Pittsburgh) - F

Locale: Bay Area
Bummer. on 03/06/2011 22:25:09 MST Print View

Wish I could be there. I was living in Virginia Beach for two years, and have been back in california since '09. Would have made the short drive up. Good luck with the presentation, knock it out of the park.


Joey Dawson
(inabag) - F

Locale: Northern VA
Re: Speaking at National Geographic HQ on March 14 on 03/15/2011 07:36:33 MDT Print View

The presentation was amazing. Every second was interesting, informative, emotional, and motivating. I would have loved to see and hear more. They said the video of last nights presentation will be up on the national geographic website at some point for public viewing - so look out for that!

Was nice to see so many pictures of his MLD SoloMid and homemade stove make it into the mix.

Again, great job Andy and can't wait for your next adventure and will be there next time you are in the area for a speaking engagement.

Erik Danielsen
(er1kksen) - F

Locale: The Western Door
Darn on 03/15/2011 08:13:35 MDT Print View

I was up there just last week, couchsurfing and exploring the city! If only I had known this was coming up...

Glad to hear it went to swimmingly!

Robert Burke
(coastiebob) - MLife

Locale: Wishing I was Backpacking
Very Good Presentation on 03/15/2011 09:13:55 MDT Print View


Nice job on the presentation. The thing that really struck me is that there is remote and then there is REMOTE. I think you did a nice job of bringing that point home. I was also impressed by your planning process. I think that in itself could be a money making lecture/course at some point.

It was also very interesting to see the cross section of attendees as well. Very nice and very interesting people of all ages.

Good luck on your next adventure...

Bob Burke

Sean B
(SeanBa) - F
Thanks on 03/15/2011 12:05:23 MDT Print View

Thanks for the great talk Andrew,

I found your risk aversion vs thrill seeking discussion great. You did a good job of explaining your pragmatic approach, especially when it came to navigation and logistics.

- Sean