Andrew Skurka’s marvellous cross-country journey through Alaska and the Yukon ranks, in my opinion, as one of the most impressive expeditions of the last couple of years. It’s worth breaking the lovely series of Night of Adventure talks I’ve been showcasing.
The trip’s total distance was about 4,680 miles and it took 176 days, an average of 27 miles per day. There were 1315 miles of skiing, 2100 miles of trekking, and 1270 miles of packrafting; the route included about 2110 miles of off-trail travel. In other words it’s about five times more impressive than my Iceland trip which I am pretty proud of.
So I’m delighted that he’s sharing his story with all of us today.
Battling a daytime high of -15F plus a stiff cross-wind on Day 2.
My ski tracks along the Peter’s Glacier lateral moraine, in the shadow of Mt. McKinley.
Campsite and bedding on Day 73, May 25, on the Copper River.
A warming fire and afternoon coffee in a Sitka spruce forest along the Gulf of Alaska coast.
Leaning house in historic Dawson City, YT, due to the melting of the permafrost.
Best sunset of the trip, in the Yukon Arctic.
Descending a high pass into the Canning River, Brooks Range.
Please do take a couple of minutes to learn a bit more about this expedition: