Alaska-Yukon Expedition – Beyond the Edge

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Alaska-Yukon Expedition: See Andrew Skurka’s Story in National Geogarphic Magazine

Photograph by Michael Christopher Brown. See the story, photos, and map in the March issue of National Geographic Magazine. About a year ago, Andrew Skurka embarked on the hardest expedition of his life—4,679 miles of skiing, hiking, and packrafting in wildest Alaska and the Yukon. You probably recall his thoughtful blog dispatches on this website.…

Andrew Skurka Answers Your Questions on Expedition Planning, Grizzlies, the Ladies, More

Here Andrew Skurka answers your questions about his 4,700-mile Alaska-Yukon Expedition.See a photo gallery from the expedition and watch for the article in National Geographic Magazine in spring 2011. 1. What would you do without your mother? — George Eichman III My mother is certainly an integral and critical part of my trips, though my father should get some…

Alaska-Yukon Expedition: Three Ways the Expedition Changed Me

By Andrew Skurka, written from Boulder, Colorado, after finishing his 4,700-mile Alaska-Yukon Expedition See a photo gallery from the expedition and watch for the article in National Geographic Magazine in spring 2011. This past weekend, just two weeks after finishing my trip, I moved back to the exceptional city of Boulder, Colorado. My life does…

Ask Andrew Skurka: Get Hard-Won Wisdom From the 25,000-Mile Man

On many days during his Alaska-Yukon Expedition, Andrew Skurka would take just one long break for about an hour in the early afternoon. This was an opportunity to dry his feet and gear, to make notes on his maps, and to take a cat nap to re-energize for another long push to camp. See the…

Alaska-Yukon Expedition: A Few Words on Finishing – Chocolate, Bears, Feeling Humbled (Photo Gallery)

On Monday Andrew Skurka finished his epic Alaska-Yukon Expedition, covering 4,700+ miles and finishing a few weeks early, even! We'll hear more from him later in the week. Until then, here are some of his initial thoughts on finishing. Check out our photo gallery with highlights from the expedition. THOUGHTS ON FOOD? After six months…

Alaska-Yukon Expedition: Approaching the Unavoidable, Bittersweet Finish

 Follow adventurer Andrew Skurka as he skis, hikes, and rafts 4,720 miles through eight national parks, two major mountain ranges, and some of North America's wildest rivers in Alaska and the Yukon from March to October. Read his blog updates here.For the last 12 months, my life has revolved around a singular purpose: to complete the Alaska-Yukon Expedition.…

Alaska-Yukon Expedition: Wilderness Redefined

Follow adventurer Andrew Skurka as he skis, hikes, and rafts 4,720 miles through eight national parks, two major mountain ranges, and some of North America's wildest rivers in Alaska and the Yukon from March to October. Read his blog updates here. I grew up in a Masschusetts suburb where I found "wilderness" in abandoned gravel…

Alaska-Yukon Expedition: 5 Tips For Hiking With Vicious Swarms of Mosquitos

Follow adventurer Andrew Skurka as he skis, hikes, and rafts 4,720 miles through eight national parks, two major mountain ranges, and some of North America's wildest rivers in Alaska and the Yukon from March to October. Read his blog updates here.The section between Dawson City, YT, and Fort McPherson, NT, will be memorable for several…

Alaska-Yukon Expedition: The Finish Line is in Sight–Just 1,700 Miles to Go…

Follow adventurer Andrew Skurka as he skis, hikes, and rafts 4,720 miles through eight national parks, two major mountain ranges, and some of North America's wildest rivers in Alaska and the Yukon from March to October. Read his blog updates here.Posted July 3, 2010, from Dawson, Yukon Territory There's a point in every trip when…

Alaska-Yukon Expedition: On Finishing 450 Miles on the Yukon River

Posted July 3, from Dawson, Yukon Territory Earlier tonight I pulled into the historic gold rush town of Dawson, which marks the end of my 450-mile float on the Yukon River (starting in Whitehorse) and the beginning of my final leg through the wilds of northern Yukon and northern Alaska back to Kotzebue. I had…