It’s unlikely that I will guide trips in 2016. I’ll make a final decision in or by May. I would offer a mix of 3- and 5-day trips in Colorado in late-summer.
If you would like a full explanation of my decision, read it here. Essentially, in 2016 I want to spend more time with my wife, go on more personal trips, and focus more attention on a number of writing projects.
My 2017 plans depend on the success or failure of 2016
I can offer five types of backpacking trips and courses. These are learning-intensive experiences during which you will learn to backpack and/or 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
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 | Intensity: Moderate or High
Master basic, intermediate, and/or advanced skills while exploring majestic canyons and enchanted mesas with a personable and well balanced group.
Level 3 | Intensity: High
Join a strong and veteran group on an ambitious route with extensive off-trail travel, challenging early-season snow conditions, and high run-off.
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 | Intensity: High-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