NG Live! – Andrew Skurka: Trekking the Wild North

Some of the guys at work think that I’m crazy going out for a week in the summer or in the middle of winter in -25 degrees Celsius just sleeping in a bivy bag – I guess they haven’t heard of Andrew… Almost the same name but a different kind of crazy 🙂

Get the inside story of the gear — and the grit — needed by National Geographic grantee Andrew Skurka for his six-month, 4,700-mile expedition through Alaska and the Yukon.

Browsing different YouTube channels this video popped up in the this-might-be-interesting-for-you video bit and I watched it in awe.

Delivery from HMG!

Here it is! My new tent, the UltaMid 2 from Hyperlite Mountain Gear.


Without the packbag and additional strings attached to the tent it weighs in at the astonishing 499g. With the strings, stuff sack and the UltaMid pole straps it sums up to 645g which is very light for a huge tent. Cuben fiber looks to be an awesome material!

I also got my new book and some accessories from HMG.

I’m really excited to go out and pitch this tent now during the weekend, perfect now that Easter is just around the corner. However my new trekking poles hasn’t arrived yet and my new backpack but they should be here by the end of April.

National Geographic Live! : To Climb the World

I’m not into climbing but I find it very cool and maybe sometime in the future I’ll try it out… Not the way these guys do it though – they’re crazy!

This video is full of great climbing stuff, beautiful sceneries and great and funny stories! Jimmy Chin is also one my favorite photographer and filmmaker.

Climbing dream team Alex Honnold, Mark Synnott, and Jimmy Chin face rugged cliffs, knife-wielding thieves, and deadly waters as they traverse the globe searching for the next great rock to climb.

Ultimate Survival : Alaska

A great survival series that you should watch if you already haven’t is the National Geographics Ultimate Survival Alaska.


They are some of the toughest, most extreme survivalists from across the nation. Dropped in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness by bush plane, with only their raw, die-hard ingenuity and the gear on their backs, they’ll navigate through treacherous glaciated river valleys, barren ridgelines, and high mountain peaks, battling hunger, hostile predators, and perilous weather conditions along the way. Like the original National Geographic explorers, for those who succeed there is no grand prize, just the well-fought pride of having conquered the grueling challenges that Mother Nature can throw at them. It’s an epic competition series where the only prize is survival.

Season two offers a new set of survivalist, many of them quite famous, in different from the first season (if your not an Alaskan). For those of you that have read the book by Evan Wright or seen the TV-series Generation Kill might find one of the participants and the name Rudy familiar… or should I say Rudy Reyes aka “Fruity Rudy”.


Rudy “Fruity Rudy” Reyes at Ultimate Survival Alaska, season two.

National Geographic’s ‘Great Migrations’ – Behind the Scenes

Starting in 2007, National Geographic crews dispersed all over the planet to film the most amazing and unique animal migration stories ever told. Over the 2 years, the crew spent 350 hours in trees, 500 hours in blinds and 400 hours underwater. This behind-the-scenes story takes you to the depths of the sea and the far corners of the earth as you experience the dangers, difficulties and adventures of a National Geographic Cameraman.

It’s really interesting to see the behind the scenes footage – I could really see myself in their clothes 🙂