Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Ultralight backpacker Andrew Skurka is in the middle of a little hiking trip. The 26-year-old professional athlete's goal? Walk the lengths of five established trails through nine western states, 12 national parks and more than 75 wilderness areas. He started his journey on April 9, 2007, on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Skurka's hike around the Great Western Loop is his latest in a string of backpacking stunts. Back in 2005, he became the first person to complete the 7,778-mile trek on the Sea-to-Sea route. That took him 11 months, and earned him the 2006 Teva Mountain Games "Expedition of the Year" award. With a few less miles on this trip, Skurka plans to be home by Christmas. He'll be in Colorado in September. For a streaming audio interview with Skurka, click here


zen said...

Well if he's going clockwise, this is the year to do it. The Sierra - normally hip deep in snow in May - are experiencing severe drought. I tink I read that snowpack is 29% of normal right now - yeow.

A Colorado CDT through hike in September should be interesting.

Steve Bremner said...

Impressive and admirable.