National Geographic : 2011 Mar
• COPPER RIVER, MAY 26 "The ice lingering on Miles Lake was too soft to walk on and too hard to paddle through," Skurka says. "My only option was to scoot across in my one-person inflatable pack raft." Thirty miles downstream, summer had arrived, with vegeta- tion in full leaf and mosquitoes in full force. UNEXPECTED OUTCOME: LOST ONLY 5 OF HIS 170 POUNDS UNSEEMLY WEATHER: BIG RAINS AND WINDS, 29°F LOWS UNFORTUNATE SONG STUCK IN HEAD: "DANCING QUEEN"