Quickstart Guide: Walk Across Southern Utah (WASU)

By Thomas / January 2, 2020 /

On a fateful Sunday I found a reference to Jamal Green’s website, Across Utah!, and to his videos about his trek. Caution: Time sink! After studying this project for a year, I decided it would be my first post-retirement hike. So that I was ready to do the hike in the spring, conveniently it locked…

Will I encounter snow? New snow survey tool

By Andrew Skurka / December 27, 2019 /

In early-December an alumnus, Rud Platt, shared with me a project that he’d been working on, snowEvaluator. Its chief function is creating snow coverage maps, i.e. where there is snow, or where there was snow on specific dates in the past. If you’ve ever been uncertain about whether you’ll encounter snow on an upcoming backpacking…

PSA’s: Apply by Dec 28 for UT + WV; by Jan 11 for AK + CA

By Andrew Skurka / December 24, 2019 /

Seasons greetings. I hope you are having a great week. Three quick announcements related to my 2020 guided trips: 1. Apply by December 28 for Utah and West Virginia Open Application started December 15 for all locations, and it will close for Utah and West Virginia on December 28 (or, more specifically, when I sit…

Guide team 2020 || Profile: Alan Dixon

By Andrew Skurka / December 23, 2019 /

Alan is 59 years-old and lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and adventuring partner, Alison. He has two children and two grandchildren. Four years ago he retired as an environmental engineer, and now focuses mostly on Adventure Alan, one of the oldest and most respected sources for ultralight backpacking. Since joining Andrew’s program in 2012,…

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…