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Author Archive | Andrew Skurka

What are you willing to sacrifice to save weight? Space, storm resistance, condensation management, modularity, price? The ZPacks Hexamid weighs half as much as the High Route Tent.

Imperfections: A self-critique of the Sierra Designs High Route Tent

It’s not perfect, and — depending on your trip conditions, personal preferences, and recreation budget — it may not be the most appropriate shelter for you. In a perhaps refreshing change of tone, I’d like to discuss real and perceived flaws of the Sierra Designs High Route Tent 1FL, and in some cases explain why they […]

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Pitching instructions & tips: Sierra Designs High Route Tent 1FL

The Sierra Designs High Route Tent 1FL has a unique but straightforward pitch. After one or two backyard practice rounds, you probably will be comfortable with the basic configuration, especially if you have previously pitched an A-frame tent or tarp, or a pyramid tarp with a square- or rectangular footprint, or both. Of course, practice makes perfect. […]

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Early impressions: Salewa Lite Train Trail Running Shoe

Earlier this year Salewa launched its “Mountain Training” category with three distinct models for trail running and hiking. The Lite Train is the most minimal of the bunch, but most definitely still shares hallmarks of Salewa footwear, like robust design and impeccable construction. I will eventually write a review based on long-term use, which reveals […]

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Not exactly model form, but at least I'm relaxed this early in the race. I'm hoping that I was braking intentionally here, because it was so easy to go too fast in the early miles of this course.

Sold on spring marathons

Somewhat reluctantly, I registered for the Colorado Marathon in early-January. If it had not been means to a Boston qualifier, it probably would not have been on my radar. Months of training on flat bike trails, country roads, and high school tracks? No thanks. Or so I thought. Now, two weeks removed from the race, […]

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Teaser: Sierra Designs High Route 1 FL Tent

In August 2014 I drew the first sketches of the Sierra Designs High Route 1 FL Tent. In the ensuing 18 months, we made up four prototypes, and I tested the design extensively in southern Utah and the Rockies. In designing the High Route Tent, I wanted a shelter that would be: Suitable for harsh 3-season conditions and moderate winter conditions; Optimized […]

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To avoid being intimidated by the marathon distance or pace, I ran a solo time trial 3.5 weeks before race day. It was a huge confidence booster to have a baseline effort.

Colorado Marathon: Smooth Move, Pacing & more Notes for Next Time

Previous “Notes for Next Time” posts (like this one and this one) have proven helpful to me, and popular with you. Why make the same mistakes twice, or risk forgetting something that could help us achieve better results on a second attempt? Here are my takeaways from last weekend’s Colorado Marathon: Training Tempo efforts offer the […]

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Race Report: Colorado Marathon || 2:44:42, 5th overall

Last year’s racing season opened with a dirty wake-up. But I’m ecstatic about its start this year, with a strong finish at yesterday’s Colorado Marathon: My time of 2:44:42 (6:16 minutes/mile pace) was faster than my goal of high-2:40’s Race execution was textbook: running partner Steve Clark and I were relaxed and steady through about Mile […]

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