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Ultra long-distance backpacker and author Andrew Skurkas best known for his 4,700-mile, six-month Alaska-Yukon expedition, his 6,875-mile, seven-month Great Western Loop and his 7,775-mile, 11-month sea-to-sea route.Photo by Andrew Skurka



Originally published: 2013-05-07 13:40:31
Last modified: 2013-05-07 13:40:30

'Adventurer of the Year' to speak Friday

Mast General Store and ASU Outdoor Programs is hosting ultra long-distance backpacker and author Andrew Skurka at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 10, at I.G. Greer Auditorium on the Appalachian State University campus.

Skurka is best known for his 4,700-mile, six-month Alaska-Yukon expedition, his 6,875-mile, seven-month Great Western Loop and his 7,775-mile, 11-month sea-to-sea route.

He has been named an "Adventurer of the Year" by the National Geographic Society and by Outside, and "Person of the Year" by Backpacker.

He is the author of  "The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide: Tools and Techniques to Hit the Trail," which was released by National Geographic Books in February.

On May 10, Skurka will give an adventure-themed slideshow, "Circling Alaska and Yukon: A 4,700-mile, six-month journey by foot, skis and packraft through Big Wilderness."

The presentation features stunning imagery, emotional videos and some of Skurka's best stories.

While any adventure Skurka embarks on requires planning, scheduling, research, maps and a great deal of determination, what he discovered along this trek was not planned, but was profoundly influential and humbling, according to a spokesperson for the event.

The presentation lasts about 90 minutes, including an intermission and question-and-answer session. Skurka will be available before and after the presentations to sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase.

Admission to the event is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and ASU students with ID.

Proceeds will benefit KAMPN, Kids with Autism Making Progress in Nature, a camp for children with autism and their families located in Deep Gap.

Tickets are available at the Mast General Store in Boone and Valle Crucis and at the Cornerstone Bookstore in Boone.

Skurka will also be signing "The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide: Tools and Techniques to Hit the Trail" at the Mast Store in Boone from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. on May 10.

For more information on the event, visit MastStore.com.

 
About KAMPN

KAMPN (Kids with Autism Making Progress in Nature) is being developed in the High Country to provide opportunities for children with autism and their families to experience and reap the many benefits nature offers. It is a nonprofit organization and will seek funds to cover the costs of families participating in the camping experience.