Yep, I attended both of Andrew's presentations at Campmor in NJ, too. I may be a BPL member, but I do not consider myself a well seasoned UL backpacker (It was only just over a year ago that I came to BPL after 2 long-term backpacking trips through China carrying 40+lbs of gear and research materials...). I have to add the work he's doing to impress a lightweight, intelligent, and practical approach on the general backpacking public is important, and that community (with all their amusing questions and comments noted by Tom) has much to gain from his experience and knowledge, if for no other reason than to make their own experiences and adventures into the backcountry that much more enjoyable and fulfilling.
Andrew's got his Alaska-Yukon presentation down. You can see some of his speaking engagements online, but live and in person there is room to further appreciate the magnitude of his accomplishment. Some highlights for me were his sharing his mother's feelings about his latest expedition, his showing how extremely high (Wahoo!) moments shift on a dime to extremely low moments when taking on an expedition of this level, and his revealing the more existential moment of being in truly Big Wilderness. I don't claim to know Andrew in any way, but my guess is this trip changed him, and there is something fascinating in seeing that change.
I agree the Day 2 gear clinic at Campmor was a bit rushed and maybe a little harried. But I suspect the venue had a lot to do with that. The presentation space shared the same floor as retail space, so distractions were sometimes unavoidably disruptive - not Andrew's fault...or the screaming two-year-old's who just had to melt down in a tent set up immediately behind Andrew's presentation space. Still, a big take away for me was that the gear we use for backpacking are important tools, but the most critically important tool is the one between our ears. Gear does not make the backpacker. You need to have the skills, and this is something I endeavor to work on more in the coming season.
I've gone on too long here, but if you have the chance, go out and support Andrew on his road tour. If you can't make it, spread the word to people you know who may be interested. Do both. His gig is pretty cool, and he's a nice guy even to mortals like the rest of us.
And lest my praise be too 'fanboy' for some of you, I submit what is easily the worst photo I can possibly think of sharing of both myself and Andrew in a post like this. I don't know what that guy behind us is doing, or what the older gentleman who snapped the pic found so difficult about a iPhone, but I submit it for your own amusement: