Outdoorzy Interviews Andrew Skurka


The Outdoorzy blog at Outdoorzy.com has conducted a brief, but informative interview with Andrew Skurka, who recently completed the Great Western Loop and was then promptly named National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year.

The interview consists of just a few questions, but still manages to cover some good ground. Skurka talks about “going light” on the trail, what his experience was like on the 6,875 mile Western Loop trail, and what he plans on doing next. He also gives some good advice for someone considering getting into long distance hiking, which he describes as being “incredibly romantic” when you consider the escape aspects and getting back to immersing yourself in the backcountry.

Skurka’s an interesting guy and I admire his approach to long distance trekking. I just keep waiting for the day when he announces he’s “Going Trekking” with the intention of never stopping. Seriously, he’ll just wander around and live off the land, and wonder if he remembered to turn off his stove before he left. Wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

5 thoughts on “Outdoorzy Interviews Andrew Skurka”

  1. Thanks Mary Anne! The link is much appreciated. I’ll give it it’s own post shortly.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. Keep up the great work at Geo, and thanks for dropping by! 🙂

  2. Thanks for linking to our interview. Andrew seems like a great guy. I’m glad he squeezed us in between awards and presentations.

    Makes me just want to get out there and hit the trail!

  3. I thought his comments were great, and he comes across as a very likable person from the interview. Someone you wouldn’t mind sharing a tent with for sure. 🙂

    And yeah, he is kind of inspiring for hitting a trail. I’d agree with that. Not sure I’m ready to go 6800 miles yet though. 🙂

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