Gear, Supplies & Skills Clinic

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Clinic: “Backpacking Gear, Supplies & Skills”


A backpacking trip consists of two distinct activities: hiking and camping. In this instructional clinic, renowned long-distance backpacker Andrew Skurka will discuss the gear, supplies and skills necessary to make hiking more fun and less work, without compromising your safety or your comfort in camp.

It begins with a discussion about how to define trip objectives and how to assess the environmental and route conditions that are typically encountered on a backpacking trip, like temperatures and precipitation. Then, Skurka explains exactly what he would bring on a hypothetical multi-day trip in a nearby and familiar location of the audience’s choosing. He focuses not just on his footwear, shelter, food, and other gear and supplies, but also on critical skills like foot care, campsite selection, and food protection techniques.

Questions from and discussions with audience members are highly encouraged, and are in fact critical to maximizing the value of this clinic.

Skurka is one of the most accomplished backpackers in the world, most well known for his 4,700-mile 6-month Alaska-Yukon Expedition, the 6,875-mile 7-month Great Western Loop, and the 7,775-mile 11-month Sea-to-Sea Route. He has been named “Adventurer of the Year” by the National Geographic Society and by Outside, and “Person of the Year” by Backpacker. He is the author of The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide.

Target audiences

This clinic focuses entirely on backpacking gear, supplies and skills. Skurka probably will tell a few stories from his trips, but only to illustrate other subjects. It is best for audiences who are active or aspiring backpackers.

Ideal events and venues

  • Outdoor retail stores
  • Outdoor recreation programs
  • Outing clubs
  • Trail associations
  • Trail festivals
  • Boy Scouts


The presentation runs for 90-105 minutes, including an intermission and schwag raffle.

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