Jun 10, 2006 at 8:12 am #1218771
I was just on Andrew Skurka’s Website and was looking at Some trips he had planned for the rest of the year.
one of his planned trips is Walking from Springer Mtn to Harpers Ferry via the AT (1,010 miles total) without a resupply
I thought the 600miles RJ will be doing was amazing, now this.
Of course, it wont be so remote, and he may not need as many calories, but still 1000miles without resupply
It looks like he is also attempting the Colorado Trail speed record without a support crew.Jun 11, 2006 at 6:28 am #1357811
What does “without resupply” mean? And what benefits does it offer?Jun 11, 2006 at 8:40 am #1357817
@richard295Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Yes Andrew’s proposed feat is amazing. Consider the difference in energy required for hiking a trail versus hiking cross country through Alaska. In that perspective the amount of food required would be about the same. The survival risks do to weather would be much greater in the Artic 1000.
RichardJun 11, 2006 at 9:05 am #1357819
On the AT, w/o resupply and carrying consumables for the entire jaunt does sound rather masochistic, given how easy it is to resupply at numerous points along the trail.
David, is your question rhetorical? It’s all about being a personal challenge( plus sponsership, status in the thru-packing community and free equipment :-)> ).
That being all said— I think it’s cool.Jun 11, 2006 at 6:00 pm #1357836
@poopLocale: Earth Orbit
Given that he likes to go fast all the time and with light packs, I don’t see that he would be willing to build up to the heavy pack and very heavy load needed to do that. He’ll just get more bone fractures. If he has a problem now, just wait.Jun 11, 2006 at 6:16 pm #1357837
@david_bonnLocale: North Cascades
What would be tough about this challenge is turning down trail magic, since it technically would be a “resupply.”
I’d think almost the opposite trip would be an equal challenge: hike a thousand miles on the AT feeding on the kindness of strangers. Probably it has been done.Jun 11, 2006 at 7:49 pm #1357844
@oiboyroiLocale: South West US
>>He’ll just get more bone fractures. If he has a problem now, just wait.< < I wouldn’t say that just yet. In 2000 I fractured the 4th metatarsal in my right foot and after recovery have since walked many miles with extremely heavy packs (60-80 lbs and sometimes two for short distances) without incident. Walking a thousand miles without resupply? Why not? Its a challenge. RoyJun 11, 2006 at 9:41 pm #1357853
@mlarsonLocale: Southeast USA
Does that mean no food that’s not pre-purchased? Sounds tough to me! Especially heading through the NOC, passing up a pasta salad and hot dogs at Sloe Joe’s Cafe… or heading through Hot Springs without a huge burger at the Smoky Mountain Diner… or missing a big group breakfast at Miss Janet’s… or skippin the fish tacos at the Baja Cafe just off the trail in Damascus… and that’s just the first 500 miles.
With that in mind, I’m very impressed he’s even considering it. Should be a good one.
-MarkJun 11, 2006 at 10:16 pm #1357857
yep–Ryan and co. won’t have that problem up in the Arctic.Jun 12, 2006 at 4:09 am #1357864
Kevin… no… my question was an honest question. Does that mean you take all the food you’ll need for 1000 miles? You must have to catch / gather food from the environment in that case… no?
My second question might be better stated as “why?”Jun 12, 2006 at 10:20 am #1357874
And a honest answer, David—he will take all his food w/ him.
I honestly feel it’s really all about setting a personal goal and striving to achieve it. We can question how worthwhile the goal and the means are but …Jun 12, 2006 at 11:51 am #1357884
How is that even possible?! 1000 miles without buying, catching, gathering or accepting food? If that’s part of the 40 day AT trip… that’s 20 days of food to carry?Jun 12, 2006 at 12:08 pm #1357886
My bad on confusing the 2 trips (Matt”s and Andrew’s).
Can’t really answer your question, David. I would E-mail Master Skurka about it. I can only assume that the menu will be hi-protein and fairly monotanous. Lots of nuts and the like.
Ryan’s Arctic 1000blog has a good piece on food for long distances–
Because of the off trail nature of the journey and the weather conditions, the caloric intake is going to be much higher a mi. than Andrew’s attempted feat on a trail route in much milder conditions.
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