Guided Trips

In 2016 I took a break from guiding. If you would like a full explanation of my decision, read it here. Essentially, I wanted to spend more time with my wife, go on more personal trips, and focus more attention on a number of writing projects.

As of the New Year, my 2017 plans are still TBD.

In the past I have offered four types of backpacking trips and courses. These are learning-intensive experiences during which you will dramatically improve your backpacking know-how. I am the lead guide on all of the trips, and I am assisted by another world-class instructor like Flyin’ Brian Robinson or Mike Clelland.

Backpacking Fundamentals

Level 1 | Intensity: Low | 3 days
Invest in your backpacking future by avoiding years of “learning the hard way.” Learn about and apply the gear, supplies and skills that make hiking fun, not work.

Backpacking Adventure

Level 2 or 3 | Moderate or High
Master advanced skills like navigation and campsite selection on am ambitious (but appropriate) 5- or 7-day trip in a world-class location in the West.

Winter Backpacking

Level 3 | Intensity: High
Extend your backpacking know-how beyond 3-seasons by learning about and applying the unique gear, supplies, and skills required by winter conditions.

Alaska Adventure

Level 4 | High or Very High
The trip of a lifetime. Explore North American’s greatest wilderness with a hand-picked group of experienced and personable alumni.


“Both trips I’ve done with Andrew have been great learning experiences, a big jump forward from the trial-and-error method of learning from my own mistakes. I’m sure I’ll be back for another.”
— Justin LaFrance, Calgary, AB

“It was a learning experience from the time I registered to when I got back in my car at the trailhead.”
— Jeff Howell, St. Louis, MO

“It’s like learning from the Yoda of backpacking.”
— Alan York, Winston-Salem, NC

“Andrew is meticulous with his planning and coaching, and it begins months before the trip.  He genuinely wants his students to learn the skills and teaches with passion and sincerity.
— Wendy Tseng, Minneapolis, MN”

“Andrew Skurka is the quintessential 21st century outdoorsman, with outdoor skills and athleticism honed to a fine art.”
— Patrick Starich, Calgary, Alberta

“My hike with Andrew and the group was an incredibly rewarding, once in a lifetime opportunity. I would highly recommend one of his guided trips.”
— Drew Anthony, Starksville, MS

“Do not hesitate. Andrew’s Fundamentals Course is more than a great investment; it’s a great experience!”
— Aubrey Bogard, Fort Worth, TX

“The positives for me were 5 star course content, backpacking confidence building, EXTREMELY well planned, great food, and an awesome adventure. There were no negatives. You do a wonderful job of sharing your love and knowledge of this.”
— Lori Alexander, Rockland, ME

“Andrew is an excellent teacher, patient, yet expects his students to take it seriously as well. I enjoyed the fact that he didn’t treat the women in the group any differently.”
— Jane Burns, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

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