Now accepting applications for 2019 guided trips!

Back to the Brooks Range!Yesterday afternoon I began accepting applications for my 2019 guided trips. Through January 20, it’s an open application period — if you get your application in by then, I’ll consider it equally with all of the others, though I do give first priority to alumni and to applicants who were waitlisted in previous years.

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Based on the applications so far, there seems to be a LOT of interest in the four one-week Alaska trips in late-June. This includes many alumni, which I expected, but also many new applicants.

If you are interested in going to Alaska with us, you should apply. But I would encourage you to also indicate interest in another trip location — specifically, California or Colorado — if it appeals to you at all, especially if you have only taken a Fundamentals trip with us, if you have never taken a trip with us, or if you’re backpacking experience is unexceptional.

My plan is to take the 32 most qualified applicants to Alaska. If you don’t make the cut this time, you’ll be in a better position next time if you’ve gotten out with us and/or undertaken noteworthy trips on your own.

It’s almost unfortunate that Alaska is overshadowing the other locations. When did Yosemite National Park and Rocky Mountain Park become chopped liver?

All applicants will be contacted by Friday, January 25, though I hope to be in touch earlier than that.

Posted in on January 7, 2019


  1. Dustin on January 8, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Neither are chopped liver but this is like Filet Mignon (CO/CA) vs. Waygu beef (AK)!

    • Andrew Skurka on January 8, 2019 at 2:05 pm

      Good analogy.

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