Skurka’s Alaska-Yukon Expedition

Andrew Skurka hikes in the Alaska Range in mid-April, overlooking the Straightaway Glacier, which flows off of 17,400-foot Mt. Foraker.

I get to do many interesting interviews. But my recent talk with Andrew Skurka was an especially inspiring one.

You can read about his Alaska-Yukon Expedition, which he completed earlier this month, here.

When I do an interview, after I’ve asked my questions, I ask what else, what did I miss? And when I asked Andrew that, he held forth about true wilderness, about the trails of the Porcupine caribou looking like a giant hand of God had clawed at the northern earth, about navigating like the bear and the caribou and being just another creature.

In the Yukon Arctic, he moved towards the Brooks Range with the caribou.

“I almost became one of them,” he said. “We’re on the same journey.”

When he realized this, they’d all been hammered the night before by a wind storm. They’d all forded a big river. And the bugs were hellacious for all of them, he said.

“We are doing the same thing out there. We are eating and we are sleeping so we can keep moving.”

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