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Guided trips 2020: Application dates & details

By Andrew Skurka / November 27, 2019 /

Winter has just arrived for most of the country and the holiday season is almost upon us, but already it’s time to start thinking about spring and summer 2020. If your plans involve a guided trip with us, this page will help you navigate the application process. How to apply Pay your Application Fee, which…

Breakfast Recipe: Banana Chocolate Oatmeal

By Andrew Skurka / December 14, 2019 /

This spin-off on the classic oatmeal breakfast is rich and decadent. Combined with our Coconut Chia version, we’ve taken oatmeal up a notch or two. Meal Stats: Recipe Weight: 4.5 ounces Calories per Ounce: 136 Total Calories: 612 Ingredients The chief benefit of this recipe is that the ingredients are widely available and easy to…

Nine-year review: Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles

By Andrew Skurka / December 13, 2019 /

In spring 2011 I purchased the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles, and used them for about 450 days over the next eight backpacking seasons. Some of this use was mild (i.e. short days and on-trail) but a considerable portion was not — they probably endured over 1,000 miles of talus and scree, spring…

Guide team 2020 || Profile: Jessica Winters

By Andrew Skurka / December 13, 2019 /

Jessica is a backpacking Triple Crowner, a full-time yoga teacher, and former K-12 teacher. She’s been with the program since 2018, and clients adore her. “Jessica was the highlight of our trip. Her energy, kindness, and knowledge were incredible.”

Guide team 2020 || Profile: Paul Magnanti

By Andrew Skurka / December 12, 2019 /

Paul is one of my longest serving guides, going back to 2012. He’s completed the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, Continental Divide, Colorado, and Great Divide Trails; and more recently has completed off-the-beaten path treks like a 500-mile loop through northern New Mexico and a month-long walk across Utah.

Guide team 2020 || Profile: Dave Eitemiller

By Andrew Skurka / December 11, 2019 /

Dave recently retired from a long and successful career in Asia as a Senior Executive for a major paper company, so he’s now filling his days with a lot more fun stuff. He started guiding with me in 2018 and says that it’s the best “job” he’s ever had. His most notable trips include the…

Guide team 2020 || Profile: Dan Durston

By Andrew Skurka / December 9, 2019 /

If you are/were an active member of online communities like r/UL and BPL, or if you own a X-Mid 1P or 2P Tent, you already know of Dan. His experience includes thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, yo-yo’ing the Great Divide Trail, and completing the Bob Marshall Open five times (each time as the fastest finisher).

Guide team 2020 || Profile: Mary Cochenour

By Andrew Skurka / December 9, 2019 /

Mary has been backpacking for decades, with her most notable trips including the John Muir Trail (x3), Tahoe-Yosemite Trail, Wonderland Trail, the Circuit in Torres Del Paine in Patagonia. Prior to her current role with Gaia GPS, she was Assistant Attorney General for the State of Montana, a backcountry ranger in Desolation Wilderness, a Grand…

Dinner Recipe: Coconut Cashew Curry

By Andrew Skurka / December 7, 2019 /

This was another new dinner for 2019, and it quickly became one of my favorite dinners. Here’s why: Completely unique flavor profile among our 12-recipe repertoire; Great variety of textures; A hearty and filling portion; and, Easy to increase the calorie count and density, like by adding olive oil or chunks of protein. The original…

Dinner Recipe: Backcountry Chili

By Andrew Skurka / December 6, 2019 /

A near weekly dinner at home for Amanda and me during the colder months is chili. It’s particularly gratifying to make with DIY elk meat and homegrown peppers and tomatoes. It seemed like my chili recipe could be converted for backcountry use, and I asked David last spring to develop a recipe. On its maiden…

Breakfast Recipe: Coconut Chia Oatmeal

By Andrew Skurka / December 1, 2019 /

A classic oatmeal breakfast (or worse, an instant packet) consists of simple grains and sugar, and not much else. I find that it gives a quick sugar rush, but I’m often hungry within an hour or two. For last season, David developed a recipe that sticks better to my ribs, combining an oatmeal base with…