“JJ it is Andy Skurka are you home,” the voice coming from outside my cabin here at Camp Carolina. I rushed to the living room to find my old friend Andy Skurka standing in front of me after six years of not seeing him. We talked about old times and what he was up to these days. I had heard a few things about Andy but like so many of the great friends you meet at camp we had lost touch.
He told me about living down the road from former Earth Works and Mountaineering heads Mike and Marci Dooraghi in Boulder Colorado. As we shared stories he modestly told me about some of his latest adventures. Andy was a student at Duke University while working at camp and a member of their cross country team. He loved being in the mountains and would run for miles before anyone else was thinking of rising from their slumber in Lambs creek valley. After working at camp and graduating college he hiked the Appalachian trail and in doing so fell in love with the challenge of speed hiking. He has since been recognized as “Adventurer of the Year” by National Geographic and “Person of the Year” by Backpacker magazine.
Andy was passing through town speaking at hikers’ convention at the Nantahalla Outdoor center about his latest adventure. When Andy goes for an adventure these days he goes big. His most recent was a 4,700-mile 6-month Alaska-Yukon Expedition. You can read about it in the March 2011 issue of National geographic or follow the below link.