Mar 15, 2010 at 11:40 am #1256512
Steven ParisBPL Member
@saparisorLocale: Pacific Northwest
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?Mar 15, 2010 at 12:10 pm #1586696
Chris WBPL Member
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/andrewskurkaMar 15, 2010 at 12:20 pm #1586701
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.Mar 24, 2010 at 9:07 pm #1590556
Andrew SkurkaBPL Member
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.Mar 24, 2010 at 9:51 pm #1590573
Greg MihalikBPL Member
Thanks for posting here!
Looking forward to more, if and when you can..
What an amazing journey…Mar 25, 2010 at 6:19 am #1590643
Gary DunckelBPL Member
You go, Andy! We're all watching your progress with envy and admiration.Mar 25, 2010 at 6:37 am #1590647
@angelazLocale: New England
This is just flat-out awesome. Thanks for documenting – it's really nice to follow along.Mar 26, 2010 at 3:27 pm #1591196
Well, this is certainly very exciting! He's doing the Iditarod trail in reverse I guess right now.
Thanks for the twitter link.Mar 26, 2010 at 3:41 pm #1591202
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
The Iditarod mushers have a strong team of powerful dogs. Skurka is on his own.
–B.G.–Mar 26, 2010 at 4:43 pm #1591223
one step at a time : )
good luck!Apr 2, 2010 at 1:06 pm #1593587
From Andy Skurka in the National Geographic Blog
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 BlogApr 2, 2010 at 1:59 pm #1593598
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.Apr 2, 2010 at 2:08 pm #1593602
Eugene SmithBPL Member
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
This is great stuff. He's a beast.Apr 2, 2010 at 5:44 pm #1593677
Hope he will get plenty of good food to eat at the next town.Apr 8, 2010 at 9:45 am #1595689
Another post from Andrew on the National Geographic Blog
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 moreApr 8, 2010 at 9:07 pm #1595997
Andrew SkurkaBPL Member
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.Apr 9, 2010 at 3:17 am #1596057
Wise decision to rest and eat.
Hope you make a speedy recovery.Apr 9, 2010 at 6:00 am #1596083
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!!Apr 12, 2010 at 6:59 am #1597022
Another National Geographic blog post…May 4, 2010 at 7:16 pm #1606062
Greg MihalikBPL Member
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…May 18, 2010 at 7:55 am #1610859Jun 2, 2010 at 8:33 pm #1616250
Dondo .BPL Member
@dondoLocale: Colorado RockiesJun 2, 2010 at 8:45 pm #1616254
He was in Cordova 6 days ago having come down the Copper River from the interior a day ahead of schedule. BY now he is either near or out of Yakutat at the rate he is going.Jun 16, 2010 at 10:44 am #1620600
Just spoke with Andrew Skurka from Gustavus. He is leaving this afternoon having arrived there last night. Southeast rain is surprising his Gore Tex jacket, but aside from that he is doing well. He expects to walk a good deal of the country along Lynn Canal and should be in Haines in four days.
We won't be able to meet due to his being ahead of schedule and our work commitments for the remainder of this week.
Anyone in Haines or Skagway that is on this forum, please contact me, as I would like to pass on a request.Jul 3, 2010 at 12:56 am #1625921
@pittsburghLocale: Bay Area
I'm planning on doing the PCT this next May. Skurka's adventure makes mine look like a 3 block walk to school in the suburbs.
Godspeed, bro, praying for you.
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