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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.…

Breakfast Recipe: Cheesy Potatoes

By Andrew Skurka / November 20, 2019 /

This breakfast recipe has been a staple on our guided trips since 2015, when Amanda set out to create a savory dish to help balance sweet options like oatmeal or Quickstart Cereal. The ingredients and ratios have been tweaked multiple times based on feedback, and I believe we now have a real winner. Among 100+…

Breakfast Recipe: Quickstart Cereal

By Andrew Skurka / November 18, 2019 /

To get out of camp as early as possible, the most ideal breakfast item is an individually wrapped bar (or several): granola bars, energy bars, protein bars, breakfast bars, etc. They require no prep and can be eaten on-the-go. But there are downsides to this approach. First, they’re not very satisfying. Second, they probably constitute…

Dinner Recipe: Beans + Rice with Fritos & Cheese

By Andrew Skurka / November 18, 2019 /

This meal is my favorite. It goes on every single backpacking trip. I never get tired of it. Clients love this recipe. Need more convincing to try it? Key Stats Recommended meal weight: 5.7 oz Total calories: 668 Calories per ounce: 117 It’s rare that someone struggles to finish this meal. But if you have a…

Review: “Total Marriage Refresh” with Dr. Wyatt Fisher

By Andrew Skurka / November 16, 2019 /

Almost as predictably as the leaves turning color and the days getting shorter, Amanda and I normally reach a marital low point each fall. Amanda feels lonely and ignored for most of the summer while I’m physically gone or emotionally preoccupied with guided and private trips. And when I return, I crave personal time so…

Blast from the past || Review: Clifton 1 Reissue

By Andrew Skurka / November 15, 2019 /

Winter arrived early on the Colorado Front Range, pushing me out to the gravel multi-use trails and quiet county roads about a month earlier than usual. I wasn’t prepared for it: my inventory of road-worthy shoes consisted of just one pair of Hoka One One Clifton 5 (my review) with nearly 600 miles on them.…