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The Great Western Loop: The great circular route through the national parks of the United States

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Today ends a great personal deed for Andrew Skurka. Well-known mountaineer with own page in wikipedia. On April 9, he began a journey on foot that has led him to travel five long-distance trails through the interior of the United States. This is the Great Western Loop. A route of 11,000 kilometers that links five long routes through the interior of the country's national parks. This is a circular route, Andy began his long walk at Grandview Point on the south coast of the Grand Canyon and today he plans, after seven months treading dirt, ice, snow, sand and stone, return to the dream starting point. It has crossed the deserts of Sonora and Mohave, the Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, the High Sierra, the Indian and San Juan peaks, twelve national parks and more than 75 wildlife areas.

In his time he crossed the Appalachian Trail (3,609 kilometers) and the Mar-a-Mar route, a transcontinental crossing that covers 12,500 kilometers between Quebec and Washington.

The purpose: Raise awareness about global warming. Many of the areas it has covered during these seven months are noticing its effects negatively. The average temperature in the western United States has increased by 1.3 degrees. Glaciers are slowly retreating from famous peaks such as the Rainier or the Glacier peak itself. The tundra that looks like the feet of the Colorado as a carpet is decreasing and every day there are fewer Joshua trees in Joshua National Park.

The project has been sponsored by several companies dedicated to mountain equipment and this has allowed Andy to perform this incredible feat.

Today there will be a party at the Grandview Point in the Grand Canyon to welcome Andy. He plans to arrive at about 3 p.m. at the place. Who knows, if you are around, give a hug from me! What a phenomenon!

Official site, Andrew Skurka

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