Andrew Skurka, renowned long-distance backpacker and ultrarunner, and recently recognized as "Adventurer of the Year" by National Geographic, and "Person of the Year" by Backpacker, will be at inaugural AT Founder's Bridge Festival in Bryson City, North Carolina. The three day event will be held April 8-10, 2011.
Skurka has thru-hiked the AT, PCT, Colorado Trail, Hayduke Trail and many other long-distance routes. He will be giving the keynote presentation on Saturday evening, and will discuss his recent Alaska-Yukon expedition.
For 6 straight months Skurka skied, trekked, and packrafted 4,700 miles in a giant loop around Alaska and Canada's Yukon. His route passed just beneath Mt. McKinley, descended famed rivers like the Copper and Yukon, and traversed the Brooks Range. During the most remote stretch across the Yukon Arctic and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), he went 650 miles without crossing a road and 24 days without seeing another human.
His solo Alaska expedition, which he completed this past September, will also be featured in the upcoming March issue of National Geographic Magazine.
His presentation at the AT Founder's Bridge Festival will be geared towards long-distance hikers, day-hikers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
Skurka will also be leading two lightweight backpacking skills clinics on the mornings of Saturday and Sunday during the festival.
The Founder's Bridge Festival is the Nantahala Ooutdoor Center's newest special event. Both weekend dayhikers and long distance warriors are welcome to share their passion with like-minded friends and enthusiasts. NOC will have trail-steeped speakers sharing their knowledge and experiences, book signings, live music, workshops, gear representatives and prizes. Trail maintenance opportunities will be available for those looking to give back to the trail we all love. Count on interesting activities during the day and fun revelry at night!
There will be plenty of time for Q&A, and great gear will be given away as door prizes during the program.
All events are free.
For more information on the festival, please click here. For more information on Andrew Skurka, including photos and details from many of his adventures, please click here.