The 2019 schedule will be released in December, and registration will open in January. The information on these pages (e.g. locations, dates, prices) is currently for 2018; it will be updated around the same time that I release the schedule.
I am inclined to expand the program slightly for 2019. I am looking at offering one additional (or at least different) location, bringing back to the 7-day trips, and running a women’s trip. Details to come.
This year I am offering 3- and 5-day itineraries in two of my favorite backcountry locations:
- Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, and
- Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park in California
For specific dates and current availability, refer to the 2018 trip schedule.
The 3-day Backpacking Fundamentals courses are ideal for first-time and beginner backpackers, and some intermediate backpackers who need more current or formal training. Over a long weekend, we’ll teach you more than you would learn in years on your own.
The 5-day Backpacking Adventure trips are best for intermediate or advanced backpackers, and some ambitious and capable beginners. We run through the same core curriculum as on the Fundamentals courses, but we have two additional days to master skills and to hike deeper into the wilderness. This year we will follow sections of the Pfiffner Traverse (Colorado) and Kings Canyon High Basin Route (California).
If you have questions about the trips, please contact me.
“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
Rocky Mountain National Park and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park have granted Andrew Skurka Adventures LLC a commercial use authorization (CUA) to operate trips in these locations.