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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,…

Guide profile: Alan Dixon

By Andrew Skurka / December 18, 2020 /

I’m 60 years-old and live in Washington, DC, with my wife and adventuring partner, Alison. I have two children and two grandchildren. Five years ago I retired as an environmental engineer, and now focus mostly on Adventure Alan, one of the oldest and most respected sources for ultralight backpacking. Since joining Andrew’s program in 2012, I…

Guide profile: Joe McConaughy (“Stringbean”)

By Andrew Skurka / December 17, 2020 /

I live in Seattle with my wife, Katie and Australian Shepherd, Crash Bandipooch. I work as an ultrarunning coach and Andrew’s Program Manager for both his guided trips and the online planning course. I’ve set Fastest Known Times on the 2,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail (52 days, supported in 2014), the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail (45 days, self-supported in…

A call to action: Sensible forest management

By Matt Bromley / December 14, 2020 /

When I suggested to Andrew that I write a guest blog on the subject of wildfires, I wouldn’t have imagined that there would still be wildfires roaring in December. Indeed, this year has been truly devastating on the West coast. Over 5 million acres have burnt in Oregon and California. Wildfires remained active in Colorado…

Apply now: Our 2021 guiding season has started

By Andrew Skurka / December 14, 2020 /

Yesterday I switched on the Application Form for our 2021 guiding season. Each year I do this, part of me still wonders, “Will anyone even sign up?” Thankfully, there’s been no basis for this concern — some new applicants always find us, and some alumni always return. The more significant challenge usually is finding everyone…