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.
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