Andrew Skurka has hiked almost the entire West
Uber-hiker, Andrew Skurka, did a presentation last evening at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. It was a smashing success. Highly inspirational. He seemingly has hiked all over the West, including the Sea-to Sea Trail (all across Canada), the Western Loop Trail (large parts of the Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail), and in 2010, in his greatest gambit of all, he hiked large parts of the Alaska Yukon. Large parts of this were above the Arctic Circle. He went one stretch of 24 days without seeing a human, but had daily grizzly bear encounters.
Perhaps the best part of Skurka’s presentation is the simple fact that he motivated the audience to go beyond our comfort zones. I have hiked the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail. But I have always thought the Pacific Crest Trail was beyond my ability to even try. But after listening to the perils he endured in the Yukon, perhaps it’s time for a reconsideration. The whole thing made me really want to get off my ass and start hiking. Thank you Andrew.