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Breakfast Recipe: Fruit and Cream Porridge

By David Bisenius / December 22, 2019 /

The term “porridge” may not sound particularly appetizing, but we think this breakfast is pretty decent. It’s slightly nutty and not too sweet, and another great template that can be adjusted to your personal preferences. The most unique element of this recipe is the streusel topping, which bumps up its craveability factor. Meal Statistics: Meal…

Guide team 2020 || Profile: Brian Robinson

By Andrew Skurka / December 21, 2019 /

Brian has been backpacking since the 1970’s and helped to popularize ultralight gear and techniques. In 2001 he became the first person to complete the Calendar Triple Crown, which entails thru-hiking the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide Trails (7,400 miles total), all in the same year. This feat earned him the trail name “Flyin’…

Guide team 2020 || Profile: Christy Rosander

By Andrew Skurka / December 20, 2019 /

As an elementary school teacher for 20 years, I took advantage of my breaks to hike extensively with family and friends, or on my own. My most notable trips include: Long-distance trails like the Pacific Crest, Great Divide, John Muir (4x), Theodore Solomons, and Tahoe Rim Trails; Off-trail adventures like the Yosemite High Route, Sierra…

Slideshow || Coming of age: Hiking 7,775 miles across North America

By Andrew Skurka / December 19, 2019 /

Fifteen years ago now, in August 2004, I embarked on the first of my three mega long-distance hikes. From Cape Gaspe, Quebec, I followed a network of existing long-distance hiking trails — including the International Appalachian Trail, Appalachian Trail, Long Trail, North Country Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and Pacific Northwest Trail — for eleven months…

Guide team 2020 || Profile: Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy

By Andrew Skurka / December 18, 2019 /

Joe set Fastest Known Times on the 2,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail (52 days, supported in 2014) and the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail (45 days, self-supported in 2017). He lives in Boston with his wife, Katie, and is an elite ultra runner.

Guide team 2020 || Profile: Matt Bright

By Andrew Skurka / December 17, 2019 /

Matt is our resident interpretive ranger, and in 2020 will be guiding with us in West Virginia. He has a PhD in environmental science and works in Washington DC on federal climate change policy. His backpacking adventures include thru-hikes of the Long Trail, Sierra High Route, West Highland Way, and Cotswold Way; loops on the…

7 critical skills you could learn with us in 2020

By Andrew Skurka / December 16, 2019 /

On Sunday I began accepting applications for my 2020 trips. This will be our ninth year in operation, and the program has evolved since I started guiding under my own company in 2011. By the end of that first season, I’d made three realizations: The clients generally lacked the requisite backcountry skills for interesting routes,…

Breakfast Recipe: Banana Chocolate Chip 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.”