GoLite's Andy Skurka Wins Adventurer of the Year Award

Honoree to Meet with US Secretary of Interior Dirk Kempthorne To Share First-Hand View of the Effects of Global Warming on National Parks
Author:
Updated:
Original:

Washington D.C. (November 19, 2007) - Just two weeks after finishing his nearly 7,000-mile “GoLite on the Planet” walk through the American West, Andy Skurka was in Washington D.C. to accept the National Geographic Adventure's “Adventurer of the Year” award. He will also provide his unique perspective on the effects of global warming on the country's national parks in a sit-down session with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne on Friday, November 16.

This meeting comes at a time when the House and Senate are considering “The National Park Service Centennial Challenge Fund Act,” landmark legislation to help repair our ailing National Parks system.

National Geographic Adventure's Adventurer of the Year
On Thursday, National Geographic Adventure magazine named Skurka, 26, as 2007 “Adventurer of the Year” for his epic seven-month, 6,875-mile hike though the American West to call attention to its magnificent landscape and the environmental and ecological threats affecting it. This first-of-its-kind journey took him through five major mountain ranges, 12 national parks and 75 wilderness areas.

“The National Geographic Society exists to inspire people to care about the planet. Adventure's role within the Society is to inspire people to experience the natural and cultural wonders of the world in exciting ways. We are proud to honor the sponsors, adventurers, outfitters, destinations and manufacturers who have supported our mission and put National Geographic Adventure on such a remarkable trajectory,” said National Geographic Adventure's Vice President and Publisher Francis X. Farrell.

Meeting With Secretary of the Interior: First Hand Accounting of Damage
On Friday, Skurka meets with Dirk Kempthorne to discuss his journey. In addition to witnessing the sheer splendor of our parks during his hike, Skurka also witnessed shrunken glaciers in the northern Rockies and Cascades, prolonged drought in the Southwest, abnormally low snow pack in the Sierra Nevada, record-breaking heat in the Northwest, intense wildfires in Montana, and devastating beetle infestations in Colorado. On their own, each of these events could be blamed on cyclical patterns. When viewed as a whole, however, it becomes more difficult to dispute that global warming is vastly changing Western landscapes, and most experts agree that these changes are the direct or indirect result of global warming.

During the meeting, Secretary Kempthorne will hear directly from Andy about these observations.

“We greatly appreciate Secretary Kempthorne's willingness to hear about the lands he stewards through the eyes of a great adventurer,” said Demetri Coupounas, co-founder and President of GoLite, the lead sponsor of Skurka's expedition. “As a non-scientist who covered the West by foot, Andy can provide the Secretary with a unique perspective...what does it look like, up close, on the ground to the average person? And not in a carbon-particle-per-million perspective, but in simple, natural terms.”

Since 1970, temperatures in the West have risen about two degrees, helping to explain why the wildfire season is now 50 percent longer and why peak snowmelt dates are now as much as three weeks earlier than historical averages, among other things. Some of these impacts, like the loss of glaciers in Glacier National Park, have little economic or ecological costs but they are nonetheless a loss for visitors to wild lands and a sad testament to man's poor stewardship of the Earth.

Skurka's expedition was made possible by GoLite, an outdoor gear manufacturer committed to reducing its environmental footprint through sustainable business practices. GoLite supported Skurka's hike because of its athletic focus, its efforts to increase people's interest in the outdoors, and its motive to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change on America's backcountry.

For more about Skurka's trip and GoLite's environmental initiatives, go to www.golite.com.

About GoLite
GoLite is the world's premier producer of lightweight clothing and equipment for active, outdoor sports. Inspired, designed, and tested in Boulder, Colorado, GoLite® products offer uncompromised head-to-toe performance, durability, and versatility at the lightest possible weight to maximize a person's enjoyment and performance in the outdoors. Since 1998, GoLite has been pushing the envelope of theory, practice, & design innovation and has led a “lightweight revolution” that has changed an entire industry. GoLite is more than a name: it is philosophy, a lifestyle, and a commandment to do more with less. Environmental stewardship and social responsibility have been fundamental to GoLite's mission and core values since its founding. GoLite is humbly committed to minimizing its environmental footprint – to GoLite on the Planet - through innovation, resourcefulness and partnership. GoLite Athlete Ambassadors regularly share “How to GoLite” techniques in outreach seminars around the world. For more information on GoLite® products, ambassadors, environmental or outreach efforts, visit their exciting new website at www.GoLite.com or call 888-5-GoLite toll-free within the U.S.


###

Related

NG Adventure Magazine Names Andrew Skurka 2007 Adventurer of the Year

WASHINGTON (Nov. 15, 2007)—National Geographic Adventure magazine has chosen Andrew Skurka, 26, as 2007 Adventurer of the Year for his epic seven-month, 6,875-mile hike through the American West to call attention to its magnificent landscape and the environmental and ecological ...read more

"GoLite on the Planet" Global Warming Trek Hits Half-Way Point

Eureka, Montana (August 6, 2007) -- Andy Skurka is walking. Everyday, all day. In rain, snow, and scorching heat. And nothing can slow him down -- not cougars, bears or snakes. Not blisters or burning muscles. Since setting out from the Grand Canyon on April 9, Skurka has covered ...read more

GoLite Receives National Geographic’s “Best of Adventure” Award

GoLite is proud to announce that its Chrome Dome umbrella has received the “Best of Adventure” award from National Geographic Adventure Magazine. In addition to being named a “Best of Adventure” winner, the Chrome Dome was also highlighted in 2006 as a National Geographic ...read more

GoLite Assembles Heavyweight Executive Team

Boulder, CO (September 11, 2007) -- GoLite announces the appointment of industry veteran Andy Burgess to lead GoLite's apparel and equipment design team as Vice President of Design & Development. Burgess brings over 15 years of experience from premier outdoor brands, most ...read more

GoLite® Adrenaline 20° Wins Gear of the Year Award from Outside

For Immediate Release Media Contact:Ashley Devery (303) 807-4688 adevery@comcast.net GoLite® Adrenaline 20° Wins Prestigious Gear of the Year Award from Outside Magazine Boulder, Colorado, April 7, 2009 -- GoLite, the world's premier producer of lightweight equipment and ...read more

"GoLite on the Planet" Global Warming Trek Hits Half-Way Point

Eureka, Montana (August 6, 2007) -- Andy Skurka is walking. Everyday, all day. In rain, snow, and scorching heat. And nothing can slow him down -- not cougars, bears or snakes. Not blisters or burning muscles. Since setting out from the Grand Canyon on April 9, Skurka has covered ...read more

GoLite Footwear Receives Best of Adventure 2007 Award

Following a successful debut at the 2006 Summer Outdoor Retailer Show in August, GoLite® footwear has recently received the Best of Adventure 2007 award from the National Geographic Adventure magazine. The Sun Dragon model was selected as the trail running shoe of choice in the ...read more

Gregory wins ‘Gear of Year,’ ‘Best of Adventure’ awards

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gregory Mountain Products this month won two national media awards, a 2009 ‘Best of Adventure' Award from National Geographic Adventure and a 2008 ‘Gear of the Year' Award from Men's Journal. The awards were bestowed on Gregory's Z30 and Miwok day packs ...read more

GoLite Adds New Marketing Director to Heavyweight Executive Team

Boulder, CO - GoLite announces the appointment of industry veteran Erika Bruhn to lead GoLite's marketing team. Erika brings over 10 years of experience in the outdoor industry to GoLite, most recently from KEEN, Inc. where Erika has played a strategic role in new product ...read more