8 very adventurous loops in the Rockies

For strong day-hikers, ultra runners, and backpackers

Tutorial: Finding 5-star campsites

Ideal features of a camp, and what to avoid

How to Navigate

An in-depth tutorial on maps, equipment, and skills

Guided Trips

With the help of a world-class guide team, I offer learning-intensive and adventure-rich guided backpacking trips in California, Alaska, West Virginia, and Utah. We specialize in lightweight backpacking, long-distance thru-hiking, and off-trail high routes.

For Beginners

New to backpacking, getting back into it after a long hiatus, or looking to accelerate up the learning curve? There is a "right" way to backpack: have the appropriate gear, supplies, and skills for your trip objective and the conditions.

Andrew Skurka

I'm an adventure athlete, writer, and guide. Since 2002 I have hiked more than 30,000 miles, and have a 2:28 marathon PR. My book, The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide, is a modern classic. And since 2011 I have guided 100 trips with over 750 clients.


Hayduke Trail Hiking Resources Bundle


Mt. Lyell, the highest peak in Yosemite. Russell Pass, a hard Class 2 over the Cathedral Range, is the low spot on the far-right ridge, to the right of the small tower.

Yosemite High Route Guide


No, this is not Alaska, it’s still Wyoming. Klondike Peak, the Sourdough Glacier, and Iceberg Lake.

Wind River Range High Route Guide



Pfiffner Traverse

The view north from Tablelands. The  South Fork of the Kings River runs right to left through the center of the photo, out of view deep in a canyon. On the skyline can be seen the Palisades (right side) and Black Divide (left side).

Kings Canyon High Basin Route


Hayduke Trail & Grand Canyon Traverse