Go behind the scenes and hear National Geographic grantee and adventurer Andrew Skurka talk about how he became a record-breaking, long-distance solo hiker.
Andrew Skurka is a distinguished adventure athlete, speaker, guide, and writer. The 29-year-old is most well known for his solo long-distance trips, the most recent being his 4,700-mile 6-month Alaska-Yukon Expedition. In total, he has backpacked, skied, and packrafted 30,000+ miles through many of the world’s most prized backcountry and wilderness areas — the equivalent of traveling 1.2 times around Earth’s equator! Skurka has been recognized as “Adventurer of the Year” by National Geographic and “Person of the Year”.
Skurka was born and raised in Seekonk, MA, and is now loosely based in Boulder, CO. He enrolled in Duke University in 1999 with plans of a lucrative Wall Street career but made a mid-course correction after working at a high-adventure summer camp and hiking the Appalachian Trail. Soon after graduating Skurka began his first ultra-long-distance backpacking trip, the 7,775-mile 11-month Sea-to-Sea Route, which he followed up with the 6,875-mile 7-month Great Western Loop in 2007. Today, he feels fortunate to have made his adventurous lifestyle into an occupation.
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