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Yukon 2020 Sponsors

Sponsors for Karts Huseonica and Lauren Sherwood’s Yukon River expedition in 2020 DSC05167 (1)are companies whose products and services Karts has used extensively before becoming sponsors. He receives ZERO benefits as the result of sponsor click-throughs.

Epic Wipes extra large wet wipes are perfect to keep the body clean and smelling good on long adventures. He also uses Epic Wipes around his home and on his vehicle. This is a small, veteran-owned company.20180831_110903

ArmaSkin liner anti-blister socks and gloves. The first time Karts used Armaskin high endurance socks, it was like turning off the blister switch. His feet also don’t get tired and sore like they use to. This is a small business located in Australia.

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Wild Zora food and meat bars. Karts has found many of their freeze-dried meals can be cold soaked. He relies on Wild Zora meat bars for a delicious energy boost. Plus, many of their meals are delicious cold-soak options. They also offer soups and teas. Wild Zora is a small, family-owned business.

SoulCare by CCC skin products for the outdoors. Their natural 20181010_103202remedies are crucial to protecting Karts’ bald head and his hands during extended periods of his extreme outdoor adventures. SoulCare is a small business located in Arizona.

Honey Bunchies  gourmet honey bars recently20190127_161226 hit the market and Karts fell in love with them. They are made by a veteran-owned small business in Colorado, USA.

Spot LLC satellite communications. They have come on board to provide crucial satellite communications for Karts  FB_IMG_1549545433242and Lauren. Spot will provide a publicly accessible GPS tracking link,  texting and eMail capabilities, and the ability to make text posts to Facebook and Twitter. They also give an extra layer of security with world-renowned SOS capabilities.

Beads of Courage are also an integral part of this unique adventure. Karts and Lauren are humbled to be selected to wear Beads of 20181010_103333Courage on their adventure and then share themwith children faced with serious illnesses and related treatments. This is a very emotional aspect of their adventure. Beads of Courage is a non-profit organization headquartered in Arizona.

Karts uses the descriptor “sponsor” because it translates better for non-English followers. He is in fact an “ambassador” for one of the companies. Believing strongly in giving back, Karts and Lauren Sherwood has aligned themselves with the Beads of Courage program.

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Yukon 2020 Expedition

Art “Karts” Huseonica is now focused on 2020 and his Yukon 2020 expedition with Lauren Sherwood.

They will attempt to canoe the entire length of the Yukon River. The 2,000 mile/3,200km self-supported adventure will start mid-June 2020 in the Yukon Territory of Canada and end in the Bering Sea approximately 60 days later.

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Ms. Sherwood, 24, of Prescott, Arizona is an experienced outdoors trainer and traveler. If successful and pending verification of other source-to-sea attempts, she could be the first documented female to accomplish such a feat in the modern-era in a tandem, open (Canadian-style) canoe.

Mr. Huseonica could also be the oldest documented person in the modern-era, at 69, to make such a river trip in a Canadian-style canoe. This will be pending review of previous identical attempts. For their purposes, the team uses the modern-era definition of starting around 1990, when computers and satellites started to become ubiquitous. Because river-based adventures styles of assisted and unassisted don’t fit such a long expedition, the team is using the land-based style descriptor of self-supported.

They will use the standard trilogy of FB_IMG_1549545433242documentation: a publically accessible GPS track, location selfies and videos, and eyewitnesses. In addition, the team will make social media posts.

The team’s Yukon Territory outfitter is Up North Adventures and their Alaska outfitters is Horst Expediting. Watch for more details and and sponsor information. Meanwhile, here’s a link to the press release which serves as their official notice of intent.

 

Karts Sets AZT Record

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Art “Karts” Huseonica recently set a new Arizona Trail record by yo-yoing the trail in one calendar year.

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On December 12, 2018 at 12:00PM Karts and a small group of friends and officials from the Arizona Trail Association reached the trail’s southern terminus on the Mexican border. This completed Kart’s 1,600 mile round-trip of the grueling Arizona Trail, one of the United States’ long-distance national scenic trials. He referred to it as his Arizonian Grit hike.

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Only two other hikers have soloed the Arizona Trail in one calendar year.

You can stream via Facebook or Google a commercial-free CBS news story by Briana Whitney about the record-setting hike. Or read an article from the Sun City INDEPENDENT. You can also read a comprehensive article by Shawnte Salabert in Adventure Journal. Meanwhile, here’s several photos that you might have missed on Karts’ social media platforms listed on his Contact page.

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Key to support for this record attempt were sponsors that included Epic Wipes extra large wet wipes, ArmaSkin liner anti-blister socks, Wild Zora food and meat bars, Huppybar nut and seed bars, and SoulCare by CCC skin products for the outdoors. Beads of Courage were also an integral part of this unique adventure.

Arizonian Grit Record Attempt

Sun City resident Art “Karts” Huseonica will attempt to set a hiking record on the Arizona Trail this fall. You can track him here starting October 7, 2018.az trail hi res logo

Starting on October 7, 2018 Karts will hike from Utah to Mexico on the 800-mile Arizona Trail. If successful he will set a record for being the oldest hiker at 67 to yo-yo the difficult trail. He solo hiked from Mexico to Utah earlier in 2018 and must complete the hike in the reverse direction by December 31, 2018.

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Only four others have yo-yo’d (round trip) the trail, but they were all in their 20’s and 30’s. In addition to the training regime, Karts spends a great deal of time and energy on logistics. This solo, supported hike will permit him to receive resupply boxes of food along the route. He can also take rides from volunteers into local towns such as Strawberry and Kearny for resupply. Kearny is frequently referred to as the friendliest town on the Arizona Trail.

Karts has received extensive preparatory medical support from Banner Health in Sun City to prepare for the grueling hike, which he is referring to as his “Arizonian Grit” hike.

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During the hike, which covers a myriad of challenging terrains, he will be wearing an orange ribbon to honor a U.S. Navy shipmate, Al Derbyshire, who is suffering from COPD.

Karts has also aligned with the Beads of Courage project, carrying beads he’ll later share with children suffering from serious illnesses. He joins others such as astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the Dave Matthews Band, and country star Luke Bryan in wearing beads.

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Thus, he was inspired to refer to his hike as “Arizonian Grit.” This hike moniker reflects the determination it takes to accomplish something without quitting, similar to the fight that many have taken on against serious illnesses. This includes Kart’s brother Bobby, who recently passed away.

Key to support for this record attempt are sponsors that include Epic Wipes extra large wet wipes, ArmaSkin liner anti-blister socks, Wild Zora food and meat bars, Huppybar nut and seed bars, and SoulCare skin products for the outdoors. More sponsors will be added as the hike draws near with a trail angel’s shuttle ride to the remote northern terminus of the Arizona Trail. IMG_20180504_071049_210

Here is one of several articles written by the Sun City INDEPENDENT about the upcoming adventure.

Karts is a 1968 graduate of Homer-Center High School in Homer City, Pennsylvania, USA, is retired U.S. Navy, and a retired associate professor. He lives in Sun City, Arizona, USA with his wife Karen Carlsen Huseonica. He is an active member of the Sun City Hikers and the Sun City PRIDES.

Arizona Trail Solo Hike

Art “Karts” Huseonica recently completed a solo hike of the Arizona Trail. This National Scenic Trail is almost 800 miles or 1,300km and stretches from the Mexican border to the Utah state line. See the photos below and read a recent article about his adventure Almost Done – Arizona
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This was not a purist thru-hike because Karts went down into the Grand Canyon on the longer Bright Angel Trail vice the South Kaibab Trail. He also went off the Arizona Trail for a few miles to hike short distances on the little-used but historically significant Navajo Trail and the Great Western Trail.

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Sponsors include Craghoppers outdoor apparel, Epic Wipes extra large wet wipes, ArmaSkin liner anti-blister socks, and Wild Zora snack bars.

You can read more about Karts’ adventure here. In addition, here’s a link to a commentary about Lessons Learned in preparing for the hike.

Kick the Bucket-List with Bear Grylls

Art “Karts” Huseonica recently filmed a new adventure show with international celebrity survivalist Bear Grylls. The results of the ten episode show was a unique format of 20-minute plus shows streamed online from Facebook Watch, titled Bear Grylls: Face the Wild.

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Episodes can be watched any time on any device for FREE from Facebook Watch. Click here to watch the episode that features Karts Huseonica: Kick the Bucket-List. It first streamed May 9, 2018 but is available for streaming any time on any device.

Karts is currently finishing an 800-mile thru-hike of the Arizona Trail, one of the U.S. national scenic trails. He still took time to conduct a public video chat with Bear Grylls. You can watch it here: Video Chat with Bear and KartsKarts comes into the video at about the six-minute time mark. This video will also remain available indefinitely for streaming.

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Future plans include visiting family around the country. This includes his two grandchildren in Wisconsin.

Arizona Trail Class of 2018

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Art “Karts” Huseonica intends to thru-hike the 800-mile/1,300km Arizona Scenic az trail hi res logoTrail (AZT) starting February 27, 2018. For this thru-hike he will carry all of his yearly sponsors to help support this colossal effort, avoiding the desert heat and deep mountain snows. Yes, it snows in Arizona.

Sponsors include Craghoppers outdoor apparel, Paleo Meals to Go freeze-dried meals and snacks, Epic Wipes large wet wipes, ArmaSkin liner anti-blister socks, and Wild Zora snack bars.Craghoppers banner

Other support will be provided by Trail Angels who will offer Karts  transportation to and from the trailheads, shower facilities, laundry services, and a home cooked meal. He will also ship resupply packages to the Trail Angels containing food, fuel, and spare clothes. Paleo logo v1

Karts anticipates that it will take him six to seven weeks to complete the 800-mile journey from Mexico to Utah, crossing several deserts, mountain ranges, and varying alpine terrains. His path will also take him through the Grand Canyon from the South Rim to the North Rim.ArmaSkin Logo

Before he departs he will publish his public GPS tracking link courtesy of SPOT Gen3 so that everyone can follow his adventure in real-time. Several hikers will join up with Karts as he traverses Arizona south to north through the 43 passages that make up the Arizona Trail.

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This is classified as a supported thru-hike. This means that Karts will have the above noted support. He will also use a trilogy of proof, including a publicly accessible GPS track, location selfies, and witnesses.

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At least every four or five days, Karts will provide updates and photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This Blog will not be updated until after his adventure is complete.