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Online course: Learn to (better) plan a backpacking trip

By Andrew Skurka / February 3, 2021 /

Eleven months ago the world was turned upside-down by Covid. For years I’d wanted to offer an online course, and last spring was an ideal opportunity — the expansive stay-at-home orders kept most people inside and also put a freeze on my guided trip program. Over a few weeks, Joe McConaughy (who was freshly unemployed)…

Tutorial: Plan a backpacking trip in these 7 steps

By Andrew Skurka / February 3, 2021 /

Preparations for my earliest backpacking trips were clumsy, and I made every mistake possible. I recall carrying way too much stuff for an overnight in Yosemite, shivering all night in a too-light sleeping bag in Tennessee, stomaching an unpalatable couscous dinner in the Adirondacks, struggling to find topographic maps of eastern Montana, quitting a trip…

74 testimonials about our online trip planning course

By Hunter Hall / January 30, 2021 /

Since 2014 I’ve asked our guided trip 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 multi-day project but entirely worthwhile: they confirm what we’re doing right, and they give me a checklist of improvements for the following year. Naturally, we…

Podcasts: FKT, Live Free or Die, Long Way Radio

By Andrew Skurka / January 18, 2021 /

Last week I was interviewed for two different podcasts, and they’re both now available. Fastest Known Time Legend and host Buzz Burrell invited Mary Cochenour and me on to answer listener questions about how to recharge GPS devices mid-trip, when to (not) use trekking poles, and how to best protect yourself from the sun. Fastest…

Online tutorial: Learn technical packrafting skills

By Andrew Skurka / January 7, 2021 /

The American Packrafting Association is hosting an online class next week with Mark Oates, who is based in Tasmania (which has world-class packrafting) and teaches whitewater courses all over the world. The class is pitched to “packrafters looking to step up their technical paddling skills.” That sounds more advanced than a basic “how to packraft”…

Update on 2021 trip availability

By Andrew Skurka / January 4, 2021 /

Demand for the 2021 trips has remained very strong through the open application period, and I’m expecting that every single trip will be full by the end of this week. If you’re hoping to join us, apply immediately — or apply later when you can fully commit, and hope for a cancellation. I’m currently sorting…

Guide profile: Dan Durston

By Andrew Skurka / December 30, 2020 /

I am 37-years-old and live in the heart of the Canadian Rockies in Golden, British Columbia, with my wife T. I have an insatiable passion for both outdoor adventure and gear, which has led me into ambitious gear projects and even more ambitious sufferfest trips (where my perpetual optimism tends to get me through). After…

Guide profile: Dave Eitemiller

By Andrew Skurka / December 22, 2020 /

I am 61 years old but don’t let that impress you, I live in a 40 something brain and body. I live in Monument, Colorado and have two grown daughters and 4 amazing grandkids who call me “Gramps. Since retiring from a long and successful career in Asia as a Senior Executive for major paper,…

Guide profile: Mary Cochenour

By Andrew Skurka / December 21, 2020 /

I live in Helena, Montana, with my husband Matt and our two kids, Kennedy (12) and Cameron (10). We are outdoor fun hogs, spending most of our time skiing, mountain biking, and backpacking in the Northern Rockies. I work for Gaia GPS, which is a new and exciting career — in late-2019 I resigned as…

Update: What 2021 trips will be full before it’s even 2021?

By Andrew Skurka / December 20, 2020 /

The open application period for our 2021 trips has been open for a week, and I’d like to share some numbers that will help to set the expectations of those who have already applied and those who are considering it. Overall Demand for next season has been even stronger than I’d hoped. Honestly, I’m delighted,…