If you haven’t heard of Andrew Skurka, prepare to have your mind blown. Andrew is an adventure athlete, who is most well known for his solo long-distance treks through the wilderness. His adventures are truly groundbreaking. I first heard of and started following Andrew shortly before he began his “Great Western Loop” trip; a trip that started and finished at the Grand Canyon. The route?…Oh, just 6,875 miles through 9 states, including traversing 12 national parks and 75 wilderness areas.
As amazing as Andrew’s Great Western Loop trip was, his latest trip, the Alaska-Yukon Trek, was even more impressive. As Andrew explains,
“The trip’s total distance was about 4,680 miles and it took me 176 days, an average of 27 miles per day. There were 1315 miles of skiing, 2100 miles of trekking, and 1270 miles of packrafting; the route included about 2110 miles of off-trail travel, almost the length of the Appalachian Trail, but off-trail.”
For this trip Andrew was covered by National Geographic, and a summary of Andrews trip has now been posted on their site. Be sure to check out the story, gallery, and interactive map of the Alaska-Yukon Trek.