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Ask Us Anything, with Mikaela Osler

By Katie Gerber / December 1, 2023 /

Last night, Andrew and I hosted the last of our Ask Us Anything events this week. Our special guest was Mikaela Osler. Mikaela is a Triple Crown thru-hiker (AT, PCT, CDT), has set FKT’s on the Long Trail and Colorado Trail, is an excellent guide, and has an infectiously positive personality. In this conversation, we…

Ask Us Anything: Flyin’ Brian Robinson

By Katie Gerber / November 30, 2023 /

Yesterday Andrew and I hosted the second of this week’s Ask Us Anything. Our special guest was Brian Robinson, one of Andrew’s original guides who was the first person to complete the Calendar Year Triple Crown, in 2001 and the seventh Barkley Marathon finisher and former course record holder, and who completed the John Muir…

Ask Us Anything: Dan Durston

By Katie Gerber / November 29, 2023 /

Last night Andrew and I hosted an Ask Us Anything with Dan Durston. Dan is best known for designing the X-Mid tents through his company Durston Gear. He’s also a five-time fastest finisher in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Open and the first person to yo-yo the Great Divide Trail. This is the first of three…

Released: 2024 guided trip schedule

By Andrew Skurka / November 21, 2023 /

Our 2024 trip schedule has been released! To view it, click here. The season will start again in mid-April in Escalante, Utah, which greets us with mild temps, wildflowers, and long days. In addition to our normal Adventure 5-day and 7-day trips, we’ll offer 5- and 7-day technical canyoneering expeditions and one 11-day thru-hike of…

Let’s chat: Office Hours + Ask Us Anything

By Andrew Skurka / November 20, 2023 /

In fall 2021 and fall 2022 my guide team offered free one-on-one “office hours” appointments to discuss all things backpacking. They were wildly popular: we hosted 320 calls over the two years, which amounted to nearly 107 hours of time! Katie Gerber and I will be running this program again next week. The details: 1.…

Season recap: 204 testimonials about our 2023 guided trips

By Andrew Skurka / November 14, 2023 /

Since 2014 I’ve asked our clients to complete a post-trip survey to gather feedback about our guides, locations, meals, and curriculum, plus their overall satisfaction. Reviewing the results is a time commitment — this year the document runs for 138 pages, plus a few more pages of tables with quantitative data! But it’s entirely worthwhile,…

Dinner Recipe: Mushroom and Bacon Oat-sotto

By Katie Gerber / November 8, 2023 /

This dinner recipe is flavorful and filling, making it ideal for long days and late in a trip, when appetites are big. At home it would be best with the creamy and porridge-like consistency of risotto, but we use rolled oats because they cook much faster and provide a similar texture. I want to thank…

Our Brooks Range trips: What are they really like?

By Andrew Skurka / August 9, 2023 /

In June and July, Christy Rosander and I guided two 7-day trips in Alaska’s Brooks Range. This is our marquee location, and at the end I felt exceptionally thankful for the experiences that this wilderness had provided. Christy put together videos for each trip. They’re not polished or narrated, and don’t have any drone footage,…

Spots available: 11-day Olympic Traverse, September 2023

By Andrew Skurka / May 30, 2023 /

In 2022 we offered two 11-day trips in the High Sierra, with one resupply in the middle. The guides and the clients rated the experience very highly, because they had so much time to explore and connect with the area, so for this season we offered this trip length in Alaska, again in California, and…

Ask Us Anything: Backpacking the High Sierra in 2023

By Andrew Skurka / May 27, 2023 /

Last week I wrote about the High Sierra’s record-breaking 2023-23 snowpack and its implications for trip planning, gear selection, and essential skills. In short, this season will be far from normal. Are you ready for that? This week Katie Gerber and I are hosting an “Ask Us Anything” online event to answer your questions about…