Alaska-Yukon Expedition: Insights From Andrew

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As I mentioned a few days ago, Andrew Skurka finished up his 4700-mile long Alaska-Yukon Expedition last Sunday, but he hadn’t posted anything to the National Geographic Adventure blog with his final thoughts yet. I suspect those final thoughts are still coming, as it’ll take some time for him to reflect on his accomplishment, but yesterday he did post a few quick, and rather amusing, thoughts.

You can read the latest entry to the blog by clicking here. In the post, Andrew shares his thoughts on what his favorite trail food was for the six-month journey and a very funny story about how he literally scared the crap out of a bear that he encountered along the way. I won’t give too much away on either account, but I do think it is safe to say that Andrew will now be weighing his pack down with a lot of chocolate on his next long distance expedition.

When asked to sum up the expedition in a single word, Skurka replied with “Humbling.” That probably seems appropriate for a trek that passed through some of the most remote and wild places in all of North America. The journey was not an easy one, even for a guy who is used to backpacking his way across miles of backcountry. It seems like he learned a lot about himself and the environments through which he traveled on this adventure.

I’m sure we’ll get a more detailed follow-up on the trek once he’s had time to rest and think about the whole experience. But for now, this brief entry is both fun and insightful at the same time.

Kraig Becker

2 thoughts on “Alaska-Yukon Expedition: Insights From Andrew”

  1. That sounds like it was an incredible trip. Do you know of it was in any way related to "The Explorers Club" even though it may have lacked a science root?

  2. Good question! I haven't heard anything about the Explorers Club mentioned, and I don't think there was any involvement by the EC, but it's hard to think that Andrew isn't a part of that club.

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