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For adventurers, travel does not mean following typical tourist routes; it means summiting remote mountains, exploring unmapped caves, and studying little known ecosystems. On these once-in-a-lifetime journeys, we want to come away with the best pictures possible, but we are also faced with some of the most challenging conditions for photography. After serving as a…

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.…

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…

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…

 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.…

Bryan Smith is leading a team of whitewater kayakers on a month long expedition to Russia’s remote Kamchatka Peninsula. Funded by the National Geographic Society’s Expedition Council, the team will be attempting several source-to-sea first descents of previously un-run rivers, as well as working with a diverse team of scientists, NGOs, and locals to help…

Bryan Smith is leading a team of whitewater kayakers on a month long expedition to Russia’s remote Kamchatka Peninsula. Funded by the National Geographic Society’s Expedition Council, the team will be attempting several source-to-sea first descents of previously un-run rivers, as well as working with a diverse team of scientists, NGOs, and locals to help…

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. In talking recently with my parents and friends I gather that not everyone is…

Posted from Delta Junction, Alaska In an earlier post, "Becoming a Lean, Mean Adventuring Machine," I identified a "go big or go home" moment as part of the hardening process. I finally had that moment, a few weeks ago in the western Alaska Range (as predicted), and I'll share it now. The western Alaska Range…

  Thanks for submitting your questions last week. We sent them off to Andrew when he was in Delta Junction, Alaska. As to be expected, he came through with great answers. He also told us that he's happy to answer more, so feel free to submit new questions at the end of this post. What's…

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 from Delta Junction, Alaska I enjoy solo wilderness travel. I also enjoy group wilderness…

Adventurer Andrew Skurka has now been skiing, snowshoeing, and trekking for almost two months of his 4,700-mile expedition through Alaska and the Yukon. When he's done in October, he will have crossed through six U.S. national parks and two Canadian national parks, floated some of North America's wildest rivers, and hiked the Alaska and Brooks…

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.Spring has arrived in Alaska, at least by local standards. It may have been zero…

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 April 9, 2010, from McGrath, Alaska My outdoor diet has been honed through years…

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. April 7 , Day 25Posted from Takotna, Alaska What I've Seen: From Bering Sea…

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. April 1, Day 19, Mile 500.8 Posted from Ruby, Alaska To travel between Kotzebue…

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. April 1, Day 19, Mile 500.8 Posted from Ruby, Alaska I'm almost three weeks…

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. West Coast Wrap-Up: What I’ve Seen, posted in Unalakleet, Alaska, on March 24, 2010…

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 Enormity of the Task – Posted From Koyuk, Alaska, on Saturday, March 20…

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. Staying in Control – Posted March 18 in Buckland, Alaska It was -25° F…

Today adventurer Andrew Skurka begins an ambitious, seven-month expedition that will take him 4,720 miles across Alaska and the Yukon by skis, foot, and raft. Follow his blog dispatches here and his tweets via twitter.com/andrewskurka. The contents of my pack are almost entirely need based. During this trip, my legitimate needs will include staying hydrated…

On Thursday Andrew Skurka arrived 30 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Kotzebue, Alaska, to begin his latest expedition. Similar to his Great Western Loop hike (a feat which made him our 2008 Adventurer of the Year), this is an ambitious, never-before-attempted endeavor. For the next seven months, he'll cover more than 4,720 miles…

About seven years ago, NG explorer and Adventure Ecology founder David de Rothschild had an ambitious idea: to build a boat out of plastic bottles and sail from San Francisco to Sydney, stopping at the Pacific Garbage Patch and other environmentally challenged zones for an unmatched, interactive adventure. Constructing this Kon-Tiki-inspired vessel presented innumerable challenges. But now, after…

Last summer, Arctic adventurer Pen Hadow led the Caitlin Ice Survey on a scientific expedition to the North Pole. Their objective was to take ice core samples to measure the average thickness of the ice and add valuable data to the discourse surrounding global warming. Avid ADVENTURE readers will recall that things got a bit…

Read more adventure news in our August/September 2009 issues's First In >> Earlier this summer, National Geographic/Waitt grantee Albert Lin loaded up some horses and struck out for an uncharted region of Mongolia. Among his supplies: a month’s provisions, warm sleeping bags, and two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Once reserved for top-secret military operations, UAVs…