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…

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…

Dinner Recipe: Pesto Noodles

By Andrew Skurka / November 22, 2019 /

This dinner recipe is a sleeper. It’s much simpler than Peanut Noodles, and it lacks the obvious cheese and Frito goodness of the Beans & Rice, yet it’s rated as highly as both by our clients. Meal stats Recommended meal weight: 5.6 oz Total calories: 700 Caloric density: 125 calories/ounce To increase the caloric density, which…

Dinner Recipe: Peanut Noodles

By Andrew Skurka / November 22, 2019 /

For years Peanut Noodles has been a crowd favorite, usually ranking just below the world famous Beans & Rice. This backpacking dinner recipe goes on every single guided trip and on most personal trips, especially if I have a prepared batch of sauce already in the fridge. The sauce has gone through several iterations, getting better each…

Dinner Recipe: Polenta + Peppers

By Andrew Skurka / November 22, 2019 /

This Italian-themed dinner recipe is very filling, making it ideal for long days and late in a trip, when appetites are big. It’s unique and flavorful. Meal stats Recommended serving weight: 5.6 oz Total calories: 595 Caloric density: 105 cal/oz Like instant potatoes, polenta absorbs a significant amount of water, at a 4:1 volume ratio.…