I offer learning-intensive and adventure-rich guided backpacking trips, mostly in the summer and in the Mountain West. Since 2011 I have run 79 trips and have worked with 474 clients, one-fourth of whom have returned at least once.
I am in the process of updating the information on these pages to reflect the changes for 2019 (e.g. new locations, all-women’s trips, prices). All information will be current when the application period begins.
If you have questions about the trips, please contact me.
Why take a trip with us?
Our clients vary in their motivations, but generally it’s a mix of these factors:
1. Learn to backpack
One of our primary goals is to give clients the know-how to backpack on their own. Before the trip, we will help you develop a gear list, assemble your food, and create maps. And in the field, we will teach critical skills like navigation, campsite selection, and insect management.
2. Save time & money
Learning to backpack through trial-and-error is expensive and time-consuming. By the time you’ve figured it out (if you ever do), you probably have made many regrettable purchases and gone on many unnecessarily difficult outings. Our trips are a long-term investment that will help you accelerate up the learning curve without making these mistakes.
3. Backpack with experts
We are true backpacking experts. For example, Jessica and Paul completed the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide Trails, the so-called Triple Crown — and Brian and Heather did them all in a single calendar year! Alan and Dave prefer high routes in the Wind River Range, High Sierra, and Colorado Rockies. And Justin climbed Colorado’s one-hundred highest peaks (including 50+ over 14,000 feet) on a 60-day bike-packing expedition.
Don’t let our resumes worry you, however. We tailor our trips to suit you, and love to teach and to show off our favorite places. Plus, we’re fairly normal people — most of us have families, conventional jobs, and other hobbies.
4. Adventure in world-class locations
Our classrooms include some of my all-time favorite backcountry locations, including the Colorado Rockies, High Sierra, southern Utah, and Alaska. These locations have jaw-dropping scenery and ample room to roam — and we know exactly where to find both. With us, you can undertake a more creative and challenging route than you might on your own.
5. Personalized service
Andrew Skurka Adventures LLC is a small outfit. I still guide about half the trips, and I’m on-site for the others. If you email or call me, I’ll personally respond. I will also get you on the “right” trip, by grouping you with others that have similar fitness, experience, goals, and ideally even interests and life stories.
“Both trips I’ve done with Andrew have been great learning experiences, a big jump forward from the trial-and-error method of learning from my own mistakes. I’m sure I’ll be back for another.”
— Justin LaFrance, Calgary, AB
“It was a learning experience from the time I registered to when I got back in my car at the trailhead.”
— Jeff Howell, St. Louis, MO
“It’s like learning from the Yoda of backpacking.”
— Alan York, Winston-Salem, NC
“Andrew is meticulous with his planning and coaching, and it begins months before the trip. He genuinely wants his students to learn the skills and teaches with passion and sincerity.
— Wendy Tseng, Minneapolis, MN”
“Andrew Skurka is the quintessential 21st century outdoorsman, with outdoor skills and athleticism honed to a fine art.”
— Patrick Starich, Calgary, Alberta
“My hike with Andrew and the group was an incredibly rewarding, once in a lifetime opportunity. I would highly recommend one of his guided trips.”
— Drew Anthony, Starksville, MS
“Do not hesitate. Andrew’s Fundamentals Course is more than a great investment; it’s a great experience!”
— Aubrey Bogard, Fort Worth, TX
“The positives for me were 5 star course content, backpacking confidence building, EXTREMELY well planned, great food, and an awesome adventure. There were no negatives. You do a wonderful job of sharing your love and knowledge of this.”
— Lori Alexander, Rockland, ME
“Andrew is an excellent teacher, patient, yet expects his students to take it seriously as well. I enjoyed the fact that he didn’t treat the women in the group any differently.”
— Jane Burns, Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Andrew Skurka Adventures LLC has received permission to operate commercially in the following locations:
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park