Why do I do this to myself? I know exactly what's coming. Bears, bugs, brush. Big rivers and big carries. The constants when hiking long-distance in Alaska. But it's the last major, unknown region in the U.S. I haven't experienced, so I got to go.
And this it for me. My last big hike before I walk away from thru-hiking. Yep, I'm retiring.
But first, I want to flirt with the boundary of my limits. To give my everything on an epic that has never been done before. A route that even I'm not sure I can complete. My ultimate test as a backpacker.
Alaska end-to-end. One last time.