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.
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.
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.
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.
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