Alaska-Yukon Expedition

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Just 4,600 Miles to Go: How to Stay Motivated

By Andrew Skurka / March 20, 2010 / 0 Comments

Koyuk, AK A few hours out of Buckland things felt like they were really coming together. It was calm, sunny, and in the high-10’s—ideal Nordic skiing temps. My kick-and-glide rhythm felt expert-like compared to when I skied out of Kotzebue 100 miles earlier. For the first time on this trip, my mind began to drift,…

Secrets to Surviving the Bitter Cold

By Andrew Skurka / March 18, 2010 / 4 Comments

Buckland, AK It was -25° F when I started this trip on Sunday. It warmed up some, to -15°, but it was offset (and then some) by the 10 MPH crosswind from the west. Monday wasn’t much better — it was -20° F in the morning and -10 deg F mid-day. The weather finally broke…

What’s in My Pack?

By Andrew Skurka / March 13, 2010 / 0 Comments

Kotzebue, AK The contents of my pack are almost entirely need based. During this trip, my legitimate needs will include staying hydrated and nourished, keeping my body temperature regulated, and traveling efficiently and safely over the land–snow-covered tundra, glacier-fed rivers, and dense alder forests. I can think of only one item, my camera, which can…