Admin, Policies, & Fine Print

Andrew Skurka Adventures LLC is a Colorado-based company.

Trip cancellations

If you cancel

My cancellation policy is unique and math-heavy, and is designed to be fair to both you and me.

  • It’s fair to me, because it offsets: (1) the time and expenses I incurred to create a trip for you, to prepare you, and to find your replacement; and (2) the lost revenue resulting from a now-open spot.
  • It’s fair to you, because your refund is proportional to the loss that was actually incurred by your cancellation. If the loss was minimal, your payments will be largely refunded, not kept as a profit.

If you cancel the day of the trip, or after the trip has begun, you are not eligible for any refund.

If you cancel one or more days before the trip’s starting date, you will be charged an amount (“Cancellation Fee”) equal to:

  1. A flat $150 fee (“Flat Fee”), and
  2. An additional amount (“Percentage Fee”) based on the timing of your cancellation and the cost of your trip.

Your refund will be equal to your total payments minus your Cancellation Fee. Transaction fees paid by you for using Venmo or PayPal do not count towards your total payments. Refunds will be processed in late-October or early-November after the end of the season, and will be issued by check or electronic payment.

The Percentage Fee is calculated in three steps.

1. A fraction of your payments will be put into a program-wide fund (“Cancellation Pool”):

  • If you cancel 60+ days prior to the trip’s starting date, 100 percent of your deposit (minus the Flat Fee) will be put into the Cancellation Pool;
  • If you cancel 30-59 days prior to the trip’s starting date, 50 percent of your trip cost (minus the Flat Fee) will be put into the Cancellation Pool;
  • If you cancel 15-29 days prior to the trip’s starting date, 75 percent of your trip cost (minus the Flat Fee) will be put into the Cancellation Pool;
  • If you cancel within 14 days of the trip’s starting date, 100 percent of your trip cost (minus the Flat Fee) will be put into the Cancellation Pool.

2. A “cancellation rate” is calculated. It’s equal to the retail value of every spot for which a replacement could not be found after a cancellation minus the net Flat Fees paid, divided by by the total value of the cancellation pool.

For example: If I was unable to find replacements for 10 spots valued at $500 each ($5000 total), if the value of Flat Fees was $1500, and if the value of the cancellation pool was $7,000, then the cancellation rate will be 50 percent. $5000 minus $1500 = $3500, divided by $7,000 = 50 percent.

3. To determine the Percentage Fee, multiply the cancellation rate by the amount put into the Cancellation Pool.

For example, if John Doe put $1000 into the Cancellation Pool and if the Cancellation Rate was 50 percent, his Percentage Fee would be $500. His refund would be equal to his total payments minus $150 (Flat Fee) minus $500 (Percentage Fee).

If we postpone or cancel your trip, you can:

A. Transfer to another trip during the current season, subject to availability and suitability. Cost differences will be balanced out with either an additional payment (by you) or a refund (from me).

B. Receive a voucher for the following season. If the trip is postponed or cancelled less than 60 days prior to the trip’s starting date, the voucher amount will be equal to your payments; if more than 60 days, it will be equal to your deposit, and payments in excess of your deposit will be refunded fully.

C. Receive a refund, equal to 25 percent of your deposit plus 100 percent of your payments in excess of the deposit. The non-refunded share of your deposit will cover expenses already incurred on your behalf while planning and preparing for your trip.

Travel insurance

Every year, clients must cancel due to personal injury or illness, unexpected scheduling conflicts, the health or death of loved ones, job changes, and other reasons.

I strongly encourage that you purchase travel insurance, especially if you have joined one of the longer trips and/or if you must fly to the trip location. Individual policies can be purchased directly from TravelGuard and from other travel insurance companies.

Commercial permitting

Last updated November 22, 2021

For the 2022 season, we have permits to operate commercially in:

  • Gates of the Arctic National Park
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
  • Inyo National Forest (verbally approved, pending final docs)
  • Monongahela National Forest
  • North Slope Borough
  • Olympic National Park
  • Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park
  • Stanislaus National Forest
  • Yosemite National Park

We have applied, or will apply, to operate commercially in the lands listed below. Our permit applications in these areas must be renewed each year or every two years.

Medical Certifications

All guides must be currently certified in (at a minimum):

  • Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
  • CPR
  • Leave No Trace Awareness

Required Forms

Before participating in any guided trip, clients must complete two forms:


Andrew Skurka Adventures LLC is an equal opportunity employer.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.  (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information is also available in languages other than English.

To file a complaint alleging discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at, or at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provided in the letter all of the information requested in the form.  To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (a) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (b) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (c) email: pr************@us**.gov.

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Privacy Policy

Andrew Skurka Adventures LLC will not sell or share your information for commercial purposes.

In the event of an injury, medical information you have provided will be shared with the appropriate medical personnel who are providing care.

Wildfire protocols

When scheduling our trips, we consider the risks of wildfire and wildfire smoke. Even so, these factors seem to be a “new normal” in the American West, so we need a more detailed protocol in responding to them.

Trips will take place as scheduled unless one of the following conditions is met:

  1. The land management agency (e.g. NPS, USFS, BLM) closes our operating area or closes trailheads and/or trails that are critical to our operations in the area;
  2. The air quality index (AQI) at a representative nearby monitoring station* averages 150+ for the week prior to the trip AND the conditions are not expected to change based on fire management projections or weather forecasts.

Before cancelling a location or trip outright, efforts will be made to relocate our operations. These efforts by be limited by the availability of permits (commercial and wilderness) and the logistical complexities.

* For the 2022 season, representative air quality monitoring stations include: