Skurka set out on April 9th to challenge the Great Western Loop, a 6875 mile long trail that stretches around the Western United States and links up 12 National Parks and over 75 wilderness areas as it wanders along a network of five long-distance hiking trails and a self-made segment through the Sonoran and Mojave deserts. He launched his efforts from Grandview Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, and proceeded to make his way around the Loop. If all goes according to plan, he should return to where he started in early November.
As of now, Skurka has entered Colorado and has less than 1000 miles to go. Of course, this isn’t the first of his long distance hikes either, as he’s already gone coast to coast along what he calls the “Sea to Sea Route”, and he’s knocked off both the Pacific Crest Trail and the Appalachian Trail, amongst others. Skurka subscribes to the “light and fast” approach to backpacking, which has made him a sponsored GoLite athlete as well.
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